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Friday, February 12, 2016


Scientists X-Ray Potato Chips In Attempt To Make Them More Delicious

2 hours 17 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Photo by Tamara Evans via Flickr, licensed under CC by 2.0 Tasty potato chips When I'm waiting for my dinner to finish cooking, I can't say I often think about how the way I fry it is changing the food's microstructure. But after sifting through a paper recently published in the Journal of Food Science that explores the microstructu... by Lindsey Kratochwill

Watch DARPA'S Drone Dodge Obstacles, Fly At High Speed

3 hours ago - Pop Sci
DARPA DARPA Fast Drone The drone revolution needs fewer pilots. Most small unmanned aerial vehicles need at least one human operating them to fly correctly, with the pilot simply removed. That’s fine for many things, but if we want drones to do new tasks, they need to fly on their own. Fast Lightweight Autonomy (FLA) is a program... by Kelsey D. Atherton

Your Can Now Sense Earthquakes On Your Smartphone

5 hours 18 minutes ago - Pop Sci CC by SA 2.0 Smartphone Your phone, yes, the one you're (probably) reading this on, can detect earthquakes. All you need is an app. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announced today the release of a new app called MyShake, available as a free download for Android smartphones in the Goog... by Mary Beth Griggs

New Sea Legs For A Robot Firefighter

5 hours 40 minutes ago - Pop Sci
John Williams, U.S. Navy, via Wikimedia Commons Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) In Testing Where there’s smoke, there should be firefighting robots. At least ,that’s the aim of the humanoid Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR, yes, pronounced “safer”) in development by the Office of Naval Researc... by Kelsey D. Atherton

Why Google's Stand-Alone VR Headset Could Be A Game-Changer

5 hours 54 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Google Google VR Unlike Google Cardboard, the company's actual VR headset could let the user enter a virtual world without attaching to a PC or inserting their smartphone Current virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Playstation VR all require help. While VR headsets get all the glory, the PC's behi... by Xavier Harding

Watch: Could We Live On Mars?

6 hours 48 minutes ago - Pop Sci
For as long as we've known about other planets, we have dreamed of living off-world. Some scientists argue that one of the best places to establish a human colony could be Mars—but there are some serious obstacles we'll have to tackle before sending astronauts to the red planet. In this video, a collaboration between animation studio Thought Caf... by Lindsey Kratochwill

Welcome Three New National Monuments In The California Desert

6 hours 31 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management Sand to Snow National Monument Within the new national monument, there's the San Gorgonio mountain and wilderness. The wilderness include an area that has no roads to fragment the habitat and disrupt the species that live there. President Barack Obama announced today that his a... by Lindsey Kratochwill

Snake Hunt

7 hours 11 minutes ago - Pop Sci
by Allie Wilkinson

Win Winter With These Jet-Powered Projects

7 hours 4 minutes ago - Pop Sci
Illustration by Chris Philpot Snowblower Train Retire the reindeer—and fire up the jet engines. These three vehicles will put your average sleigh to shame. Snowblower Train When winter storms threaten to shut down commuter trains, New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority blasts snow off the switches with jet engin... by Allie Wilkinson

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