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This year’s Lyrid meteor shower coincides with Earth Day, but light pollution is ruining the show

This year’s Lyrid meteor shower coincides with Earth Day, but light pollution is ruining the show

Light pollution makes it hard for many people to appreciate the stars. A meteor flies by over Devil’s Tower David Kingham On Sunday we’ll all hear a lot about the importance of recycling, planting trees, and saving energy by turning out the lights.

Here’s an amazing new picture of the Lagoon Nebula to celebrate Hubble’s 28th birthday

Here’s an amazing new picture of the Lagoon Nebula to celebrate Hubble’s 28th birthday

Happy birthday to the best space telescope ever! Love, PopSci. A visible light image of the Lagoon Nebula (aka Messier 8 or M8) with the bright star Herschel 36 at the center. NASA, ESA, and STScI On a clear summer night in the northern hemisphere you can go out to your backyard with a pair […]

Everything you never wanted to know about artificial sweeteners

Everything you never wanted to know about artificial sweeteners

Your diet soda might just be worse than a regular one. Everyone organizes their sugar packets, right? Deposit Photos There are a lot of myths about artificial sweeteners. The main one is that they’re actually better for you than regular sugar.

Why archaeologists are arguing about sweet potatoes

Why archaeologists are arguing about sweet potatoes

It’s a hot (potato) mess. A Japanese variety of sweet potato Pixabay At some point, sweet potatoes crossed the Pacific. This much we know. As for the rest—How? When? Why? —we’re just not sure. Or, to be more clear, some people are sure they’re sure, and others disagree.

If you love staying up late and sleeping in, doing otherwise might actually hurt your health

If you love staying up late and sleeping in, doing otherwise might actually hurt your health

Here’s one more way our modern sleep schedules might be killing us. Some of us just thrive after dark. DepositPhotos Night owls might get a rap for staying up too late watching Netflix or getting lost in meme spirals on the web, but it’s not all fun and games.

Is a hot dog a sandwich? The Apollo 13 astronauts had some thoughts

Is a hot dog a sandwich? The Apollo 13 astronauts had some thoughts

The ubiquitous American food flew aboard quite a number of missions The Apollo 13 crew arrives safely on the U.S.S. Iwo Jima. NASA on the Commons Forty-eight years ago today, a Saturn V rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center, sending astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise into space on NASA’s Apollo […]

Rotational forces can be a killer in a crash, but these helmets can handle it

Rotational forces can be a killer in a crash, but these helmets can handle it

MIPS helmets use slippery tech to protect your head. Dome defense. Travis Rathbone Your skull blocks common hazards like cabinet doors, but it’s no match for a hard fall on pavement. To blunt the forces that cause concussions, these helmets incorporate a mechanism called MIPS, which ­allows a skid lid’s outer shell to rotate on […]

Big box stores are dying. What do we do with all the bodies?

Big box stores are dying. What do we do with all the bodies?

How to remove, reuse, or recycle these fallen retail giants. Boxes on boxes in boxes. Wikimedia Commons My memory of Toys ‘R’ Us now consists mostly of big empty boxes. While I don’t remember many of the toys I got at Christmas as a child, the image of clumps of wrapping paper and piles of […]

Here’s how Popular Science covered ‘Star Trek’ in 1967

Here’s how Popular Science covered ‘Star Trek’ in 1967

From the December ’67 issue: ‘TV’s Star Trek: How they mix science fact with fiction.’ Shape of things to come? In the show set 200 years in the future, the USS Enterprise (above) is a spaceship capable of exceeding the speed of light.

The best apps and gadgets for tidying your home

The best apps and gadgets for tidying your home

Stay on top of household chores. Don’t tackle household chores all by yourself. Neato Cleaning is a job that you never really finish—fresh dust and grime lurk just around the corner, waiting to undo all your hard work.

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