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Friday, October 24, 2014


Why Liberia Needs Help NOW To Prevent 98,000 Ebola Cases

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Ebola ward in Lagos, Nigeria. CDC Global via Flickr CC By 2.0 The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is growing exponentially. The latest reports suggest that at least 9,915 people have been infected, and 4,555 have died. And this is just the beginning. Previously, the CDC estimated that a startling 1.4 million West Africans could be infe... by Sarah Fecht

Can Robots Help Fight Ebola?

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Helping Hand Takao Someya Group/University of Tokyo Engineers make disaster-response robots precisely because robots are able to work in situations that are too dangerous for humans. Now the humans have got a new idea: Perhaps robots could carry off waste from Ebola patients, or bury the bodies of people who have died from Ebola in W... by Francie Diep

First Privately Funded Moon Mission Launched Today

Yesterday - Pop Sci
To The Moon davejdoe vis Flickr CC by 2.0 The first privately funded lunar mission launched today. The mission involves sending a 31-pound spacecraft called 4M, fitted with an antenna, small computer, and radiation sensor, on Chinese rocket to Earth's satellite. Funded by private company LuxSpace, the craft will fly by the moon tr... by Mary Beth Griggs

New Microscope Makes Gorgeous 3-D Movies Of Living Cells

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Protist T. thermophila, Imaged with a Lattice Light-Sheet Microscope Click here to enlarge. Betzig Lab, HHMI There's a new microscope in town and the images it produces are stunning. An international team of engineers and biologists is announcing it's made a microscope that's able to see phenomena such as single proteins di... by Francie Diep

Scientists Retract Research On Dr. Oz-Endorsed Weight Loss Pill

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Mehmet Oz Screenshot from The scientists who published sham research on a useless weight loss supplement once called a "miracle pill" on the Dr. Oz Show have retracted their study. Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the daytime medical show, is an Ivy League-trained heart surgeon who rocketed to fame through the endorsement of Opra... by Rafi Letzter

Autonomous Cars May Change Our Lives In Unexpected Ways

Yesterday - Pop Sci
One of the test vehicles for Google's Self-Driving Car project.   In the future, we may not be dealing with the hassles and frustrations that come with driving cars everyday. Autonomous automobiles can make our lives better! But are cars that drive by themselves all that it's cracked up to be? The advertising agency Sparks & Honey has compiled... by Kevin Ohannessian


Yesterday - NASA
This composite NASA Hubble Space Telescope Image captures the positions of comet Siding Spring and Mars in a never-before-seen close passage of a comet by the Red Planet

Throwback Thursday: Phrenology, Forks, And How To Live Forever

Yesterday - Pop Sci
October 1889 Header Popular Science As a magazine with 142 years of history, Popular Science sits on a treasure trove of vintage illustrations, perceptive predictions, obsolete technologies, essays by Nobel prize-winning scientists, and some seriously awkward advertisements. That's why we're using Throwback Thursdays as an excuse to d... by Rafi Letzter

Seeking The Black Hole At The Center Of Our Galaxy

Yesterday - Pop Sci
ALMA Probes The Sky courtesy Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution) The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) probes the sky for radio waves from the Milky Way (shown here) and beyond. But even ALMA can't see the supermassive black hole shrouded in ionized gas at our galaxy's center, Sagittarius A*... by Alexandra Ossola

The Science Of The Movie 'Interstellar'

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Interstellar Syncopy/Paramont Pictures Asking a team of journalists to rally around a science fiction movie might sound ludicrous. Yet some combination of boundless vision, relaxing of natural laws, and enthralling story can leave the most disciplined Popular Science employee daydreaming at his or her desk. To us, science fiction is... by Dave Mosher

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