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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Twitter Bot Helps Chicago Officials Find Dirty Restaurants

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Food Poisoning From an infographic for Foodborne Chicago by Payal Patel Designs Those moules frites you had at the French bistro last night were delicious, but now you're feeling kind of funny. Worse than funny. Actually, you're trapped in your bathroom, suffering from food poisoning. Who are you going to tell about this? Many cities have hotli... by Francie Diep

Antarctica From Pole To Coast In Stunning Detail

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Antarctica Released in August 2014, this mosaic compiles over 3,150 satellite images of Antarctica into a single image of the entire continent. CSA/MDA/CCIN University of Waterloo A newly released image of Antarctica offers the most complete, detailed view of the continent since 1997. The map is a mosaic of more than 3,150 individual, high-re... by Emily Gertz

NASA's Greased Lightning Tests Vertical Takeoff

Yesterday - Pop Sci
NASA's GL-10 Greased Lightning Vertical Takeoff Test Drone Click here to see a larger version of this image. NASA Langley/David C. Bowman The space missions get all the credit, but the Aeronautics branch of NASA does really cool stuff. Today is National Aviation Day, and to celebrate, NASA shared a picture of their GL-10 Greased Lightning dron... by Kelsey D. Atherton

Facial Recognition: Now Helping You Find Hot Dates, Cute Pets

Yesterday - Pop Sci
A mobile app like PetMatch let's users narrow their search of pets to lookalikes - even celebrities like Grumpy Cat or Lil Bub. Adam Rifkin/Flickr Facial-recognition software cut its teeth on criminal mugshots, but now it offers an arguably more civic service: uniting people with potential life partners. Algorithms search for a match based on y... by Neel V. Patel

NASA to Air Panel Discussion about Ancient Earth and Habitable Planets

Yesterday - NASA
NASA Television will live broadcast a discussion Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. EDT, with leading science experts describing what is known about our ancient Earth and how that information can guide the search for habitable planets orbiting other stars

Sea Smells By The Sea Shore

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Sea Smells Viktor Kerlow As I took a deep breath in, a familiar scent filled my nose: slightly sulfury, with just a pinch of green, and a briny finish. It was the smell of the seashore, but I wasn’t actually at the seashore. On the contrary, I was standing in a cheese cave in the frozen northeast kingdom of Vermont, it was December, and I had... by Benjamin Wolfe

DARPA Thinks Less Armor Could Make Tanks Safer

Yesterday - Pop Sci
DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle Technology Program More protective layers of jargon = safer future tanks. DARPA The heavy, treaded, gun-swinging battlefield behemoths know as tanks haven't changed much since their invention a century ago. Using a crapload of armor, the tank is meant to keep soldiers inside safe from bullets and other projectiles,... by Kelsey D. Atherton

Lessons From The Panama Canal, 100 Years Ago

Yesterday - Pop Sci
When it opened in August 1914, the 48-mile Panama Canal provided a vital shortcut between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, transforming trade, transportation, and even wartime strategy. France began construction on the canal in the 1880s, but failed in part because malaria, yellow fever, dysentery, and other diseases claimed the lives of appro... by John Silas Lankford

Epigenetics News Articles Put Too Much Pressure On Moms

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Healthy Choices Dreamstime Maybe you've heard of King Henry VIII's tendency to blame his wives for giving birth to baby girls instead of male heirs. That the sex of a baby is somehow a mom's fault is a belief that's cropped up in a number of pre-scientific societies. It's total bull, of course. The sex of babies is random. For those conceiving... by Francie Diep

Read Two Hugo Award-Winning Writers In Our Sci-Fi Special Issue

2 days ago - Pop Sci
Dispatches from the Future Download a copy from iTunes. Popular Science When Popular Science asked authors Ann Leckie and Mary Robinette Kowal to contribute to our Dispatches From The Future digital sci-fi special issue, it seems we were onto something. Over the weekend both writers won a 2014 Hugo Award. The World Science Fiction Societ... by Popular Science Staff

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