Category Archives: STEM News

This supercomputer will perform 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 operations per second

Aurora

Understanding Aurora, by the numbers.

Aurora will be able carry out a quintillion operations each second—a billion billion.

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Apple’s video streaming service, a disc-less Xbox, and the rest of the current tech rumors

Gadgets

Catch up on all the technology gossip without all the hype.

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These blades can cut nearly anything

Gadgets

The sharpest knives, scissors, and razors.

Sharp blades are safer. Struggling to force a dull edge through veggies or fabric makes you ore likely to slip and take a bloody trip to the ER. Continue reading

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Megapixels: Asteroid Bennu is …exploding?

asteroid bennu exploding debris from its surface

New images reveal peculiar behavior from the celestial object

Ever since the NASA spacecraft OSIRIS-REx reached the asteroid known as Bennu in December of last year, it’s been quietly orbiting and snapping photos. It is this…

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We Can’t Take the Science out of our Clean Air Standards

It sounds crazy, but that is exactly what Trump’s EPA is trying to do

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Riding Zero’s SR electric motorcycle

Technology

Arm-stretching acceleration, and no need to shift.

Would the instantaneous 116 foot-pounds of torque from the electric motor on the Zero SR prove to be unmanageable on take-off? Continue reading

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How fear affects your body

Science

Fright in the flesh.

Alarm strikes your body within seconds of recognizing a threat. Here’s what’s going down. Continue reading

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Fighting Alzheimer’s Disease During the Megathon: Spotlight on Three Citizen Scientists

Stall Catchers, a gamified way of contributing to Alzheimer’s research, is going big! Working with SciStarter, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, the Citizen Science Association, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region, and other partners, Stall Catchers is activating the Megathon (register at Megathon.us) during Citizen Science Day (SciStarter.org/Citizen-Science-Day) on April 13.

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Nature’s Notebook: Investigating the Science of Seasons

Nature’s Notebook is a citizen science project focused on the signs of the seasons. Participants can track the changes in plants and animals in their own backyards.

How do you know when spring arrives? Is it when the first flower buds appear on your favorite tree, when the daylight hours lengthen, or when the first day that you don’t need your winter jacket arrives? Though it’s difficult to put a finger on just when spring begins, being able to pinpoint when spring activities occur is Continue reading

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The weirdest things we learned this week: animals used to stand trial and apples kept doctors from killing you

two kids in rollerblades sit eating apples

Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.

What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s hit podcast.

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Solar Jets Cause Standing Waves in Earth’s Magnetic Field

When jets of charged particles from the sun hit our magnetosphere, some of the ensuing ripples travel towards the north and southern poles and get reflected back. The resulting interference allows…

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Unscrambling the health effects of eggs

Health

Are eggs good or bad for you? Here’s what the latest research means.

There is good reason to caution younger people about the risks of following the fad of high-protein diets that may include eating several eggs a day. Continue reading

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Google Stadia is the company’s new cloud-based video game platform. Here’s what you need to know.

Gadgets

Google is about to go hard in gaming.

Google is making a big announcement at GDC in San Francisco. Continue reading

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Google Stadia is the company’s new cloud-based video game platform. Here’s what you need to know.

Gadgets

Google is about to go hard in gaming.

Google is making a big announcement at GDC in San Francisco. Continue reading

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There’s a reason England was able to harness geniuses like Isaac Newton

Science

Excerpt: Loonshots

The Royal Society helped Newton and England win a race against time, a competition to discover truths of nature. Continue reading

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Trek’s new bike helmet mimics your brain’s protective fluid

A better understanding of how concussions happen has led to more innovative helmet designs.

Over the last few decades researchers have begun to better understand how head injuries—particularly concussions—happen. In tandem, helmet companies have used that new…

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Sing Solo For Higher Fidelity

By tracking duetting choir singers, researchers found that when an individual singer’s pitch drifts off tune their partner’s tend to too. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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CBD Is In Jelly Beans, Pet Food and Shampoo. But Many Benefits Are Untested

CBD, or cannabidiol, has exploded onto the market in recent years. Sometime in the past decade, this purportedly medicinal marijuana extract went from being an obscure stoner oil to the wellness product du jour, flooding from holistic markets to the mainstream. Analysts at the investment bank Cowen Inc. predict the industry will balloon to $16 billion by 2025. In comparison, CBD sales totaled less than $1 billion last year, though that’s no small feat for a field that didn’t exist a few year Continue reading

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Here’s how to view, download, and delete your personal information online

Technology

Set aside lots of time and extra hard-drive space.

Download your personal data from Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and other tech heavies. Continue reading

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4 Laws That Could Stem the Rising Threat of Mass Shootings

Pro-gun advocates claim new laws will not make us safer. But here is evidence the right laws will do exactly that

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Old stone walls hold secrets to Earth’s wandering magnetic north

stone walls covered in moss

New England is full of granite that has locked away a record of how north has evolved over the centuries.

In addition to being part of an American legacy, these stone walls and their locations record a centuries-long history of the Earth’s wandering magnetic field.

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Techathlon podcast: The best way to stream, web history, and internet story time

Technology

Play along and talk trash about tech.

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The Great Hunger and the Randomness of the World

A science journalist walking through Lower Manhattan ponders the meaning of the Irish Hunger Memorial

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It’s True: We’re Probably All a Little Irish–Especially in the Caribbean

Everyone is supposedly a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day but there is more truth to this saying than most recognize. It’s not merely a loophole allowing for the uninhibited consumption of Guinness….

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No, A Shamrock Won’t Bring You Luck

But you can create your own by having the right attitude

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The steering wheel in an F1 race car requires fighter jet components and lots of practice

Technology

Drivers need to manipulate the controls at 200 mph.

A look at the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 racing team’s steering wheel. Continue reading

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When Did Humans Start to Get Old?

Age 116, Kane Tanaka of Japan was recently crowned the oldest person on Earth. She’s six years shy of the longest human life on record: 122 years and 164 days reached by a French woman, Jeanne Louise Calment, before her death in 1997.

While turning 100 can get you a shout out on the Today show, there’s nothing newsworthy about surviving into your 70s. That’s just expected based on life expectancy. In the United States, on average, newborn males live to 76 years and females to 81, accordin Continue reading

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The sad reason part of the Mars Rover’s last image is black and white

Space

The rover took the shot, but never had the chance to send it back to earth.

The Mars Opportunity rover sent back one last panoramic image. Continue reading

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Antarctica’s Aging McMurdo Station is Getting a Major Overhaul

After more than 60 years, McMurdo Station, Antarctica’s main research center, is set to begin its first major infrastructure update. In February, the National Science Foundation got the green light to start construction on the so-called Antarctica Infrastructure Modernization for Science, or AIMS, project.

As first reported by Antarctic Sun, the continent’s NSF-funded newspaper, the project will consolidate the sprawling research station’s some 100 buildings into just six primary structur Continue reading

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What is a super worm moon?

Space

What a strawberry moon? What is a blood moon? What is going on with my moon?

Blue moons, strawberry moons, supermoons. For some reason your news aggregation algorithm of choice thinks you really really really want to know all a… Continue reading

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