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Friday, October 31, 2014

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Virtual Hearts, Fanged Deer And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

1 hour 38 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Fanged Deer These toothy deer haven't been seen in 60 years, until this October--just in time for Halloween! Kashmir musk deer may be reminiscent of Dracula but they use their fangs to challenge other males and woo females, not to suck anyone's blood. Habitat loss and poaching for their musk glands have dramatically shrunk their populatio... by Alissa Zhu

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Just Crashed During A Mojave Test Flight

2 hours 13 minutes ago - Pop Sci
SpaceShipTwo Virgin Galactic There’s a shadow looming over the private spaceflight industry this week. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocket just experienced an “in-flight anomaly" during a test run in the Mojave desert. While the company hasn’t specified what that anomaly is just yet, multiple reports are pointing to... by Loren Grush and Kelsey D. Atherton

Scientists Hope To Extend Your Dog's Life With Anti-Aging Pill

2 hours 55 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Man's Best Friend Harold Meerveld via Flickr CC by 2.0 The quest to find the Fountain of Youth is still alive and well. But today, its pursuers are molecular biologists rather than conquistadors, and instead of a fountain, the key to long-lasting life may come in the form of a simple pill. The latest pharmaceutical candidate on scienti... by Loren Grush

Meet A Woman Who Trains Robots For A Living

3 hours 42 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Curi the robot Harold Daniels Andrea Thomaz, who directs Georgia Tech’s Socially Intelligent Machines Lab, teaches a one-of-a-kind student: a robot with light-up ears, named Curi. We asked Thomaz how she envisions life with robots unfolding. Popular Science: Why should robots be able to learn? Andrea Thomaz: Personal robots are go... by Adam Piore

Create A Smoking Pumpkin With An E-Cigarette

4 hours 29 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Hack-'O-Lantern Designer Shelby Arnold carved these science-loving Muppets at the Brooklyn hackerspace NYC Resistor. Click here to see this amazing image larger. Sam Kaplan Want to put your neighbors to shame this Halloween? Pimp your pumpkin with a miniature smoke machine. A modified e-cigarette can create a surprising amoun... by Sophie Bushwick

Scientists Listen In To The Seismic Soundscapes Of Human Activity

6 hours 41 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Traffic Paulio Geordio Planes, trains and automobiles create the noisy background to our lives--especially in urban areas. In addition to getting us from point A to point wherever-we're-headed, the swift movement of transportation creates plenty of noise and vibrations. But the low-frequency noise of these vibrations is usually comple... by Mary Beth Griggs

NASA Program Enhances Climate Resilience at Agency Facilities

5 hours 12 minutes ago - NASA
A new study in the latest issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society provides an in-depth look at how NASA facilities have been affected by climate extremes and climate change in recent years and how the agency is preparing for the future

Is The Human Species Still Evolving?

7 hours 27 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Flickr/spidermandragon5 Is there a Homo superius just around the next corner, waiting to take our place? Let’s think about what it would take: If we were to give rise to a new species, something would have to happen to us to create a bottleneck or isolated place for a founder-person and her or his mate to show up and get separated from you and... by Bill Nye

China Plans To Put Floating Docks On Disputed Islands

2 days ago - Pop Sci
Swallow Reef (Pulau Layang-Layang) in Spratly Islands, South China Sea Matthew Lee, via Wikimedia Commons What’s a country to do with a chain of disputed islands? One option is just “go ahead and build a dock to claim them,” and attach it to some of the islands. Shown off at the Shiptec China 2014 exhibition, China has a plan fo... by Kelsey D. Atherton

Big Pic: China's Lunar Spacecraft Snaps Trippy Pic Of The Moon And Earth

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Role Reversal Xinhua On its trip around the Moon this week, China’s lunar test probe, Chang’e 5TI, snapped this mind-bending image of the Earth and its satellite, putting the objects in a unique perspective. The photo is taken from just beyond lunar orbit, and it gives the illusion that the Moon is actually the more sizable of th... by Loren Grush

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