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Saturday, September 20, 2014


NASA Launches New Citizen Science Website; Opens Challenge to Participate in Future Mars Missions

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NASA announced Saturday the opening of registration for its Mars Balance Mass Challenge and the launch of its new website, NASA Solve, at the World Maker Faire in New York

This Week In Numbers: Origami Microscopes, Laser Turrets, And A Bit More Than One Texas

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Mark Those Birds! Zooniverse Penguin Watch 50: number of cameras researchers are using to study penguin populations in the Antarctic. You can help researchers identify penguins in adorable photographs, all while helping to train their artificial penguin-spotting intelligence. 1/2 millimeter: width of a huge "artificial atom" use... by Rafi Letzter

How Gorilla Poop Could Help Stop Ebola

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Jock, A Western Lowland Gorilla Jackhynes Police drove through Kroo Bay this morning, past the open sewers and snuffling pigs, yelling at people to go inside—largely to no avail. All the 14,000 residents of the shanty town in Freeport, Sierra Leone, had been ordered to stay indoors for three days, to try to stop the spread of Ebola... by Lois Parshley

Video: Peter Thiel On How We Can Make The Future Awesome

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Peter Thiel. The entrepreneur and author of a new book, Zero To One, stopped by the Popular Science offices for a chat. Popular Science Peter Thiel has never shied from speculating on the future—and then pouring money into technologies that match that vision. As a cofounder of Paypal, he pioneered a new form of e-commerc... by Popular Science Staff

Next Week Is Climate Week

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Climate Change Collage Wikimedia Commons Next week is Climate Week in New York City. The happenings begin on Sunday with what promises to be a massive march demanding action to curb human-propelled global warming. On Tuesday, the United Nations will hold an all-day climate-focused summit for world leaders. Each day will al... by Emily Gertz

Astounding Auroras, Hiding Black Holes, And More Amazing Images Of The Week

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Small Galaxy, Big Hole Don’t underestimate little galaxies, because they can pack one big punch. On Wednesday, a team of astronomers recently revealed that the dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1 is actually home to a giant, supermassive black hole. The momentous discovery goes against the conventional belief that only big galaxies can house giant... by Loren Grush

The Week In Drones: Robots Piloting Robots, Indiana Drones, And More

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Triton Drone Completes Its First Flight Alex Evers, via Wikimedia Commons Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft. Robot Pilots Most drones are actually human-piloted, with the controls elsewhere and the pilot steering remotely. In this v... by Kelsey D. Atherton

Self-Driving Cars: Marketers' Dream?

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Prototype Google Self-Driving Car Google Picture this: You're on a cross-country road trip with your kids, passing through some dusty corner of Nevada in your self-driving 2030 Chevrolet Lumina. Your car then sends an invisible message across the desert: Three passengers. Two in child seats. Sixth hour without a break. A distant ser... by Rafi Letzter

Mousetronauts To Live In Space For the Longest Stretch Yet

Yesterday - Pop Sci
Mouse in Space! Not really: This lab mouse is posing on a model spacecraft. NASA Among the 2.5 tons of cargo that's set to go up to the International Space Station this weekend, there will be five mice with a particular genetic mutation. The mice lack a gene that normal mice have, called Muscle Ring Finger 1, or MuRF-1 (rhym... by Francie Diep

China Shows Off Less Deadly Rocket Launcher

Yesterday - Pop Sci
DZJ08 Rocket Launchr This rocket launcher is similar to the new Shoulder-Launched Rocket with Low Collateral Damage. Baike.Baidu It’s not often that a military advertises a weapon on what it doesn’t do, but at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exposition in Pretoria, South Africa, that’s exactly what Chinese arms manuf... by Kelsey D. Atherton

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