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August 26, 2014

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1:30 PM | Popular Science Print Subscribers Now Get The iPad Edition Free
Popular Science, September 2014 Starting this month, anyone who has a subscription to the print edition of Popular Science magazine can also get the Popular Science+ monthly iPad edition at no additional charge. The iPad edition contains all the content from the print issue, plus bonus features, from the convenience of your Apple tablet. What's more, this complimentary digital subscription gives you free access to our Dispatches From The Future sci-fi […]

August 22, 2014

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1:00 PM | How Droughts Are Drying Up Your Breakfast
Mmm, breakfast Avid Hills via Flickr, CC BY 2.0 Some parts of your complete breakfast are about to get pricier. Or, at the very least, they’re about to get pricier than they already are. With droughts raging in agricultural powerhouses like California and Brazil, the dreaded water conflicts of the future are starting to make their presence known right now. Because of the severity and long-term nature of these droughts, food prices are starting to rise for consumers -- in America and […]

August 21, 2014

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9:15 PM | Dandruff Fungus Found In Deep Sea Vents, Lobster Guts, And Other Random Places
Malassezia lores Janice Haney Carr/CDC What do human scalps, deep sea vents, and Antarctic soil have in common? As it turns out, all of these places are home to one weird group of fungi. A study published today in the journal PLOS Pathogens found that fungi of the genus Malassezia are just about everywhere. And we do mean everywhere.   Scientists have known for quite a while that some species of Malassezia were associated with dandruff and other skin […]

August 20, 2014

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11:02 PM | This is What Curiosity Looks Like After Two Years On Mars
Curiosity Rover, Then And Now. Who turned the sepia filter on? The Verge/NASA While the Mars rovers’ drivers sit in relative comfort here on Earth, the rovers themselves do get beat up a bit. In honor of Curiosity’s second anniversary on Mars, The Verge put together a cool story showing the before and after pics of the toll the harsh environment has exacted on the rover. Scroll through for yourself to see some of the dents, scratches and holes […]

August 18, 2014

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10:00 PM | Read Two Hugo Award-Winning Writers In Our Sci-Fi Special Issue
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 Society has given out Hugos, formerly called the Science Fiction Achievement Awards, since 1953. They’re like the Emmy or […]

August 13, 2014

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2:34 PM | 10 Great Gifts For College Students From The Future
Sense Hello Inc. Chances are that, if you're reading this article on this site, you're after the perfect present for your future-forward college student. Worry not. We've scoured the web to round up 10 gift ideas for your grad's dorm room, including a maintenance-free bike, a set of gender-stereotype–busting toys, and even an upcoming, crowdfunded cooler that lights up, plays music, charges phones, and blends mixed drinks. See all of the products here.

August 11, 2014

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4:15 PM | #Scikus: 12 Lovely Science Haikus From Popular Science Readers
A violent and chaotic-looking mass of gas and dust is seen in this Hubble Space Telescope image of a nearby supernova remnant. Flickr CC by 2.0 For a bit of fun last Friday, we asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to show off their writing chops by composing science haikus. We didn't realize so many Popular Science readers are poets! Some of our favorite haikus are highlighted below, and one or two may even show up on the letters page of our October issue.  […]

August 07, 2014

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7:55 PM | The Vizzies: Now Accepting Your Mind-Blowing Science And Engineering Visualizations
The Vizzies! NSF/Popular Science Here at Popular Science, we’re big fans of visualizations—those often beautiful and always illuminating intersections of science and art. So we’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with the National Science Foundation called The Vizzies. The Vizzies is the newest iteration of the NSF’s annual International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, which has honored some amazing stuff in the past. They’ve hosted […]
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