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Saturday, October 3, 2015


Why Is America's Weather Model Falling Short of Europe's?

9 hours 33 minutes ago - Pop Sci
A GFS model forecast NOAA When comparing the United States's weather models with Europe's, the U.S. tends to come up short. Take Hurricane Joaquin. The U.S. models initially predicted the storm was headed for various locations along the East Coast, while the European model predicted a sharp turn eastward. And as we roll into the wee... by Lindsey Kratochwill

Ancient Volcano Collapse Caused A Tsunami With An 800-Foot Wave

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Fogo volcano NASA Geologists think that the eastern slope of Fogo volcano crashed into the sea some 65,000 to 124,000 years ago, leaving a giant scar where a new volcano can be seen growing in this satellite image. Some 73,000 years ago, in the Cape Verde islands off the west coast of Africa, a large piece of an erupting... by Grennan Milliken

Next Year, GM Employees Might Ride Autonomous Chevy Volts To Work

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Green Car Reports 2015 Chevy Volt, first drive in California, July 2015 Beginning in late fall 2016, if you’re lucky enough to visit the Warren Technical Center campus of General Motors, in Michigan, you might your shuttle quite intriguing: a 2017 Chevrolet Volt, driving itself. The automaker plans to deploy a fleet of Volt exten...

Sand Like You've Never Seen It Before

Yesterday - Pop Sci
To the naked eye, sand looks pretty uniform. Tiny beige specks of varying shades, collectively covering beaches and shores and deserts. But when you peek at it through a microscope, all of that changes. Gary Greenburg, a research affiliate at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy, created a 3D high-definition light microscope in the 1990... by Lindsey Kratochwill

Elon Musk Clarifies His Suggestion To Terraform Mars By Nuking It

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Nuclear weapons test in 1952 U.S. Department of Energy Surviving on Mars is hard, as we’ve learned in The Martian and pretty much every other sci-fi movie that takes place on Mars. One way to make the Red Planet more livable is to make it more like home--by firing off nuclear warheads there. Or at least that’s what SpaceX CEO El... by Sarah Fecht

This Video Game Asks: How Would You Survive in a Big City if You Were a Stray Dog?

Yesterday - Pop Sci
"Home Free" Home Free "Home Free" is the open-world survival game where you’re a homeless dog, roaming the streets. No guns, no swords, no armor: just a lost dog running around a sprawling city, trying to survive. No, it’s not an upcoming Disney film, it’s a proposed video game to work on both Mac and PC systems and... by G. Clay Whittaker

SolarCity Announces Most Efficient Panels On The Market

Yesterday - Pop Sci
SolarCity array at Meteor Vineyard Steve Jurvetson via Flickr Solar panel company SolarCity today announced what it calls the "most efficient rooftop solar panels". The company claims it "generates more power per square foot and harvests more energy over a year than any other rooftop panel in production, and will be the highest volu... by Lindsey Kratochwill

This Test Can Detect Any Virus That Infects Humans

Yesterday - Pop Sci
The Ebola Virus Wikimedia Commons In order for a doctor to treat a patient, the exact cause of that patient’s illness must be found first. If a virus is the cause, current diagnostic tests are often not sensitive enough to detect the virus, or the doctor must already suspect which virus in particular is causing the symptoms before... by Claire Maldarelli

Why Is Amazon Going To Stop Selling Chromecast and Apple TV?

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Jeff Bezos Wikimedia Commons Amazon is pulling Apple TVs and Google Chromecasts from its digital marketplace, effectively waging a war with Apple and Google when it comes to devices that can play streaming video. What this means practically is that from now on, when customers search for streaming video set-top boxes on Amazon, all t... by Dave Gershgorn

Sea Turtles Wear Swimsuits To Help Researchers

Yesterday - Pop Sci
A sea turtle hatchling in a stylish suit Owen Coffee It's no secret that sea turtles around the world can't stop eating the plastic we keep depositing into the ocean. But a lot of these studies were conducted on turtles after they've washed up on shores, dead. Researchers from the University of Queensland's School of Biological Sci... by Lindsey Kratochwill

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