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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Even Trashier Than We Thought
The ocean is flooded with plastic. 'Ghost nets' like these make up nearly half of the plastic found in the great Pacific garbage patch—an area of the ocean where plastic tends to accumulate. The Ocean Cleanup Plastic is everywhere, from our homes and
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Five Musical Instruments And Apps That Teach You How To Play
An experienced human teacher is the best, but these gadgets can get you started. Melody machines Travis Rathbone Hearing music can make us dance, laugh, or cry; it has the power to excite us or give us goosebumps. Playing music, on the flipside, can
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Scientists Have Some Pretty Outlandish Ideas For Cooling The Planet Down
Desperate times inspire desperate measures. Planet Earth Pixabay Climate change is a big, ugly, unwieldy problem, and it’s getting worse by the day. Emissions are rising. Ice is melting, and virtually no one is taking the carbon crisis as seriously a
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China's New Stealth Fighter Uses Powerful Materials With Geometry Not Found In Nature
Metamaterials can make the J-20 an extra stealthy electromagnetic force. Can you see me? The J-20 is being deployed to elite PLAAF units. It likely uses metamaterials to increase stealth and electromagnetic performance. Henri Kenhmann China's new fig
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How To Make Maple Snow Candy
Because you forgot to stock up on sweets. Maple syrup candies in the snow. Flickr user M. Cheung The snow came down hard, the kids are whiny and restless, and you did not remember to stock up on treats. The solution? Snow candy. Nature has provided y
Popular Science5 min readTech
Make Your Android And IOS Devices Work Together
Create harmony between your gadgets. Don't restrict yourself to just one operating system. David Nield Android and iOS devices require different apps, offer different features, and work best with different brands of computers and smart hardware. All
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New Zealand Just Took Care Of A $3.6 Million Mouse Infestation
The million dollar mouse is dead. Long live the million dollar mouse. A field on the now mouse-free Antiopodes island Jason Zito/Island Conservation Compared to New Zealand, we are all terrible at getting rid of mice. The country just totally eradica
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Don’t Freak Out About the Chinese Space Station That's About to Fall out of the Sky
Look at all that empty, inviting blue space for Tiangong-1 to crash in. NASA Yes, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is falling towards Earth in an uncontrolled descent and will hit the planet sometime within the next few months, and no, not even t
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Travel Safely With These Electronics Packing Tips
Don't break any gadgets. Fit all your gear into your bag without breaking any of it. Peak Design A well-designed carrier is one of the most effective ways to ensure your gear survives a trip. No matter what devices you're toting, you can can find lug
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One-fifth Of Americans Are Responsible For Half The Country's Food-based Emissions
And the emissions might not come from where you think. An all-American, methane-burpin' cow. Pixabay There’s no such thing as a truly average American. With more than 300 million people, it’s impossible for one person to perfectly embody the average
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Good News: These Exoplanets Probably Have Water. Bad News: AHHH SO MUCH WATER.
You can get too wet for life. The Trappist-1 system as seen from one of its distant exoplanets. NASA/JPL-Caltech Last year, the world got a look at an incredible star system, TRAPPIST-1, which had seven intriguing planets orbiting it. In those initia
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You Don't Have To Delete Facebook, But You Could Definitely Be Using It Better
Your Facebook account is spraying your personal info onto the internet like a hose. Here's how to stop it. Facebook Apps There are probably too many third-party apps accessing your Facebook data. Facebook Right now is a pretty complicated time to be
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The Perfect Rubik’s To Challenge Your Brain—whether You're A Beginner, Expert, Or In Between
These puzzles range from easy to pull-your-hair-out hard. Gleaming the cuboids. Travis Rathbone It took Ernõ Rubik more than a month to solve his namesake puzzle the first time. Today, competitive cubers can best the classic brain teaser in less than
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25 Products To Make Spring Cleaning A Whole Lot Easier
Put on a good podcast and get to work. Just imagine if this were your desk. Breathe in. Breathe out. Now get to it. Gabriel Beaudry / Unsplash Last year, Popular Science and Working Mother teamed up to share the most effective ways to clean up during
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Scientists Still Don’t Understand How Freedivers Can Survive Such Crushing Depths
They hang between life and death in a delicate balance. ‘Under’, Martina Amati Martina Amati Free divers swim to extreme depths underwater (the current record is 214m, more than 700 feet) without any breathing apparatus. Champions can hold their brea
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The Chemicals In Your Cosmetics Aren't Regulated
It's up to us to stay educated and informed on the products that keep us looking good. Note: Below is the script for the video, above. You may want to just watch the video instead. While we have you, why don't you subscribe to Popular Science on YouT
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The Last Male Northern White Rhino Just Died, But Science Could Still Make Him A Daddy
Sudan's death is not the end of the northern white rhino's saga. Sleep well, Sudan. Wikimedia Commons The death of a 45-year-old rhino is rarely a tragedy; they seldom live much longer. Although Sudan’s passing was long expected, it still struck a bl
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The Math Behind The Perfect Free Throw
From a mathematical viewpoint, basketball is a game of trajectories. Small differences account for a shooter’s consistency. Aspen Photo/shutterstock.com Some 20 years ago, my colleague Dr. Chau Tran and I developed a way to simulate the trajectories
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Can AI Solve The Internet's Fake News Problem? A Fact-checker Investigates.
We're in our misinformation predicament partly because of algorithms. Can they also get us out of it? Is that a fact? Our author and the art team’s idea of her AI opponent. Max-0-matic You may have noticed: It’s a weird time for facts. On one hand, d
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A Claim-by-claim Analysis Of A Climate Denial 'News' Story
Anatomy of a fact check. Is our polar bear friend in serious trouble? Getty Images This story is a supplement for a longer feature on fake news, published in PopSci's Intelligence Issue. You may want to read that first. Below, an excerpt of a profess
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With Operation Popeye, The U.S. Government Made Weather An Instrument Of War
As geo-engineering projects soar, the declassified project is newly relevant. Troops wade through a river in Vietnam. Wikimedia Commons It was a seasonably chilly afternoon in 1974 when Senators Claiborne Pell, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Cliff
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The Failed Florida Overpass Was Supposed To Be A Shining Example Of Accelerated Bridge Construction
But catastrophic events like these are rarely as simple as the ABCs. A 2016 rendering of the FIU pedestrian overpass, which collapsed this week, shortly after it was installed. FIU As cars drove along busy Southwest Eighth Street in Miami last week,
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How To Watch Live TV On Your Computer
Turn your laptop into a mobile television set. Binge watching Forget a separate device—you can stream live television on your laptop. tonodiaz via Depositphotos As television shows become available online, audiences are no longer watching their favor
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Planes Might Not Be Disgusting Germ Factories After All
Surely you can't be serious. The optimal distance to sit from a stranger for five hours at a time Pixabay The thing about planes is that pretty much everyone wants to get off them as soon as they get on. To deplane is to rejoin a world where you can
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Seven Creatures With Skills That Easily Beat Humans
What scientists learn about animal cognition helps unravel the mysteries of intelligence. You think you’re so smart. Well, a wave of research into animal cognition reveals that just about anything you do, other creatures can do too. Sometimes, they c
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Platypus Milk Might Save Us From Bacterial Infections, And That’s Not Even The Best Thing About Them
These weird lil’ guys defy everything about how we try to categorize animals. The glorious, blind dive of a platypus Daniel Baker You may have heard that platypuses are going to save us from antibiotic resistance. This may or may not be true. But her
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A Warmer Arctic Caused Icy Traffic Jams In Seas Down South
Hazardous sea ice is going farther, faster. Scientists stand on the sea ice near the Amundsen, a Canadian icebreaker. David G. Barber Off the northeastern coast of Newfoundland, Canada, sea ice is a normal sight between January and May. The icy coati
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A Self-driving Uber Hit And Killed A Pedestrian In Arizona
It's the first fatal incident of its kind. Self-driving Uber This self-driving Uber has a driver behind the wheel, like the one that was involved in the accident. Uber Last night, a self-driving cab from an Uber test fleet struck and killed a pedestr
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Stephen Hawking’s Long Life With ALS Reminds Us How Little We Know About The Disease
The condition often kills patients within a few years. Stephen Hawking in 2015. Lwp Kommunikáció via Flickr Stephen Hawking, who passed away at the age of 76 last week, was a world-renowned physicist. He will forever live inside our history books, sy
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Last Week In Tech: Bad News For Facebook Users, But Good News For Flying Taxis
Facebook faces data security issues, while Robot basketball There are a ton of great basketball player robot puns and I will list them here: Toyota Right now is the most exciting time in college basketball. In fact, March Madness is so exciting that
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