The White House
Continuing a sort of cross-country tour to detect phony cell towers, also known as interceptors or IMSI catchers, researchers associated with the security firm ESD America have detected 15 of the covert devices in Washington D.C., plus three more in nearby Virginia.
The company used their ultrasecure CryptoPhone 500 to search for the interceptors, which can compromise phones through baseband hardware
Glassware in a medical laboratory
When medical research focuses on white people, things get missed, and people die.
That's the essence of a commentary published this week in Nature. In it, bioengineer Esteban Burchard, from the University of California at San Francisco, argues that medicine has more or less excluded minorities from studies, with dangerous results.
"Since 1993, the National Institutes of Health has funded
ABC Laser Turret In Test Flight
Air Force Research Laboratory
In World War II, mighty bombers came equipped with gun barrels, manned by gunners at the ready to protect the plane from attacking fighters. The B-52 Stratofortress even came with a tail gun for self defense and last used it in combat over Vietnam in 1972. The change in fighter weapons from guns to missiles made tail guns obsolete, but now Lockheed and DARPA are bringing them back. As freakin’
Mark Those Birds!
Zooniverse Penguin Watch
Check out this latest citizen-science project. It's a site where you can look at photos gathered by an Antarctic network of wildlife cameras and mark if there are penguins in the photos. In other weo you get to look at cute animals online and help environmental science! Sounds like a win-win to me.
A warning: When I went to try the site, the first photo I got showed an overwhelming number of penguins. After all, penguins often
This is the University of Waterloo lab where a team of physicists conducted their photon entanglement experiments. It's kept dark to help the equipment sense small amounts of light.
As if it weren't hard enough already to imagine it in twos, physicists have entangled three photons with each other. Entanglement is a counterintuitive quantum physics phenomenon, in which a particle influences all the others with which it's entangled -- even if
The Arabian Sea's Algae Bloom, As Seen From From Space.
Lake Erie has gotten a lot of attention recently because of its toxic algal blooms, and all that attention seems to have made the Arabian Sea green with envy.
A paper in Nature Communications reports that a phytoplankton named Noctiluca scintillans has invaded a dead-zone off the coast of India, where it's threatening to disrupt natural foodchains as well as the local fishing
Visible light shining
The study used microwaves.
Zouavman Le Zouave via Wikimedia Commons
Princeton researchers have managed to cause light to behave like a crystal within a specialized computer chip, according to a recent paper. This is the first time anyone has accomplished this effect in a lab.
Here's why it's so hard: Atoms can easily form solids, liquids, and gasses, because when they come into contact they push and pull on each other. That push and pull
Synthetic genetic code could give biology a sci-fi makeover.
Hybrid Medical Animation/Photo Researchers
23andMe, a service offering personal DNA testing, announced over the weekend that it is canceling a planned change to its online privacy settings, according to Vox.
The firm had recently notified around 350,000 customers that as of Sept. 12, they would be automatically “opted-in” to recieve notifications if their genetic profiles closely
Texas State Flag
Courtesy of Little Black Spot on the Sun Today via Flickr.com
Oh Texas. All that juicy low-carbon windpower you're generating – and wiring into the grid – makes us love you.
But then you have to go and deny anthropogenic climate change. Such a turn-off.
Several news outlets -- including The Guardian, the National Journal, the Huffington Post, and others -- are reporting that the state's board of education is
Here's a refresher from middle school science class: An asteroid is a huge rock tumbling through the solar system, and that's pretty much all it looks like--a big rock. Meanwhile, a comet is a ball of ice and dust that has a long bright tail, which is caused by the Sun blasting that ice and dust off of the comet's surface as it zooms around.
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission has sent back some amazing photos as it approaches
The 2014 Brilliant Ten.
Illustrations by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo
Each year, Popular Science goes through a six-month selection process to identify the most inspired young scientists and engineers—researchers whose ideas will transform the future. Here are 2014's best and brightest.
Nicole Abaid: Studies Bats To Make Drones Smarter
Studies how animals swarm in order to glean insights that will improve robotic drones, such as underwater vehicles that rely on