Author Archives: Sophie Bushwick

Spooky action at a record-breaking distance

Science

Entangled particles remain linked over 746 miles apart

A Chinese satellite sent entangled photons to locations 746 miles apart—and the particles remained entangled over this record-breaking distance. Continue reading

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How to make the best protest sign

DIY

Hey hey. Ho ho.

If you plan to attend a march or protest, you’ll want to voice your support visually. And that means designing the perfect sign. Read on. Continue reading

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Yeah, good music kind of gets you high

Science

Your favorite tunes activate the same brain systems that opioid drugs do

Music activates your brain’s opioid reward system: It induces the same chemical responses that make food and drugs feel good. Read on. Continue reading

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Trashed electronics are piling up across Asia

Environment

E-waste has risen by 63 percent in just 5 years

In East and Southeast Asia, e-waste volume increased by 63 percent between 2010 and 2015. Continue reading

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This machine lets your smartphone analyze DNA

Health

There’s an app for that?

This $500 device enables a smartphone to identify DNA sequences. Continue reading

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Hey look, Venus is smiling

Space

A curved line marked the planet’s surface for four days

A smile-shaped feature running through the atmosphere of Venus persisted for four days, despite 220-mph winds. Continue reading

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This super-cheap paper centrifuge can spin 125,000 times per minute

Health

The hand-powered device could help detect malaria

A paper centrifuge powered only by human hands could perform super-cheap blood tests. Continue reading

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Spacewalk: Watch a record-breaking female astronaut change some space batteries

Space

Peggy Whitson was the ISS’s first female commander, and will soon take over a second mission

NASA’s astronauts are currently on a spacewalk. Watch them live! Continue reading

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Here’s a tiny slice of the largest-ever 3D map of the cosmos

Space

Each of these dots marks a galaxy

You are looking at a tiny slice of the largest-ever 3D map of the cosmos. Continue reading

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Antimatter just got a little bit less mysterious

Science

Scientists hit a new milestone for antihydrogen

Researchers at CERN’s ALPHA experiment have made the first measurements of antihydrogen’s internal structure… Continue reading

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Watch the magnificent Geminid meteor shower peak tonight

Space

In person…or via livestreaming video

The Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight. Here’s how to watch it. Continue reading

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Silly Putty makes for super-sensitive sensors

Science

Add graphene to get detectors that can measure breathing, blood pressure—and spider footsteps

When you mix Silly Putty with graphene—strong, conductive carbon sheets with unusual physical properties—it becomes an incr… Continue reading

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New Cassini photos show the hexagon on Saturn’s north pole

Space

The first images from the pentultimate phase of the mission

Cassini has moved into a new orbit pattern, and it just beamed back the first photos from this phase of the mission. Continue reading

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Now you can buy a tiny microscope made of paper

DIY

The Foldscope is now on Kickstarter

The Foldscope, a super-cheap microscope folded out of paper, is now taking reservations on Kickstarter. Continue reading

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How to eat as much food as humanly possible this Thanksgiving

DIY

Get stuffed

Filling up too fast on a good holiday meal means you won’t manage to grab seconds or thirds of all the best dishes. You need to maximize your food intake—here’s how. Continue reading

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Ridiculous names for super serious scientific instruments: camera edition

Science

Absurd names for cameras and imagers, ranked

Scientists spend their lives in the pursuit of truth, exploring the secrets of the universe with the help of expensive, sophisticated scientific instruments. And… Continue reading

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The silliest names scientists have given very serious telescopes

Science

Ranked!

Scientists spend their lives in the pursuit of truth, exploring the secrets of the universe with the help of expensive, sophisticated scientific instruments. And… Continue reading

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Can a classic thought experiment explain how we elected Trump?

Science

Democrats who chose Trump through inaction were facing a trolley problem

The psychology behind the trolley problem could explain why Trump won the election despite a historically low favorability rating. Continue reading

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In A New State Of Matter, Electrons Can Break Into Pieces

Science

And here you thought there were just solids, liquids, and gases

Researchers have observed Majorana fermions, proving that a quantum spin liquid can exist. Continue reading

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Check Out All The Megatall Skyscrapers We’ll Have By 2020

Across the globe, more than 100 buildings have reached a height of 300 meters (the approximate height of the Eiffel Tower) or higher, putting them in a category architects call “supertall.” Many of them sprang up in the past dozen or so years, … Continue reading

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What Are Gravitational Waves And Why Do They Matter?

NASA/C. Henze

Simulation of Gravitational Waves

NASA researchers simulated the gravitational waves that would be produced when two black holes merged.

Physicists have been buzzing (or rather, tweeting) about t… Continue reading

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Is Multi-Millionfold Speedup Proof That Google Is Really Quantum Computing?

Courtesy D-Wave

The D-Wave 2X’s 1000-Qubit Quantum Processor

This week, Google announced a breakthrough that could prove its quantum computer is actually using quantum mechanics. When researchers gave the D-Wa… Continue reading

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Is Multi-Millionfold Speedup Proof That Google Is Really Quantum Computing?

Courtesy D-Wave

The D-Wave 2X’s 1000-Qubit Quantum Processor

This week, Google announced a breakthrough that could prove its quantum computer is actually using quantum mechanics. When researchers gave the D-Wa… Continue reading

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Building A 3-D Printer For Human Tissues

BioBots is building 3-D printers unlike any you’ve seen before. Instead of depositing plastic, these machines assemble layers of living tissue. To find out why and how this “organ printer” was developed, Popular Science host Katie Linendoll int… Continue reading

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A Printer For Hardware Designers

Inventive makers can design amazing projects. To help them prototype their electronic creations—from the comfort of home—Voltera has created a desktop printer for circuit boards. Earlier this year, Popular Science featured Voltera’s V-One p… Continue reading

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How Delaying A Subway Train Fixes A Subway Delay

To a harried subway passenger, learning that there’s a delay ahead can trigger groans, rolled eyes, or mere stoic despair. But commuters might be even more annoyed if they realized the track ahead was perfectly clear: Sometimes, the system hold… Continue reading

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Clocking The Fastest Bicycles On Earth

Any car can outpace a typical human-powered bike. But within an aerodynamic carbon-composite casing (picture a large bullet with a windshield), even an average cyclist can… Continue reading

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Inside The New Dragon Spacecraft

Dragon V2 Interior SpaceX Last night, SpaceX unveiled the Dragon V2 capsule, destined to eventually carry astronauts to the International Space Station. Although the previous version of the Dragon capsule was flightworthy enough to deliver supplie… Continue reading

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SpaceX Unveils First Manned Spacecraft

Dragon In Orbit SpaceX SpaceX will reveal its first manned spacecraft at 7pm PDT/10pm EDT tonight. The Dragon V2 capsule is designed to carry humans to the International Space Station, and may eventually free NASA from its reliance on the Russian… Continue reading

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SpaceX Unveils First Manned Spacecraft

Dragon In Orbit SpaceX SpaceX will reveal its first manned spacecraft at 7 PM (PDT) tonight. The Dragon V2 capsule is designed to carry humans to the International Space Station, and may eventually free NASA from its reliance on the Russian space p… Continue reading

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