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Modeling Suspects' Faces Using DNA From Crime Scenes

popsci.com — This winter, a biotechnology company began offering a whole new service to police departments. Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs' Snapshot service allows police to send Parabon NanoLabs DNA samples taken from crime scenes. From that DNA, the company reconstructs a guess of what the person's face looks like.

Did An Armed Chinese-Made Drone Just Crash in Nigeria?

popsci.com — As the brutal Boko Haram insurgency has entered its 7th year in Nigeria, the relationship between the government and China has deepened. In many ways it is a match of needs. The Nigerian military has a pressing need for counter-insurgency (COIN) equipment, such as drones, MRAP vehicles and smart bombs (many of which the US has been unwilling to provide the government due to human rights concerns).

How To Master Your Third Arm

popsci.com — In the 2002 movie Minority Report, Tom Cruise plays with a futuristic computer like a maestro. With a flick of his wrist, data moves from one screen to the next, and a panoramic view of a park spins like a toy top.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @MoNscience: Gain a 3rd arm in virtual reality & you might: A) Improve gaming B) Help pain patients C) A&B popsci.com/how-master-you… http:/…

Animation Shows How SpaceX Will Reuse Its Rockets [Video]

popsci.com — These days, space enthusiasts are keeping a watchful eye on SpaceX as it strives for a potentially revolutionary goal. The private spaceflight company is trying to figure out a way to reuse its Falcon 9 rockets by landing them safely after they have launched into space. If SpaceX succeeds, the spaceflight game changes forever.
Jan 29, 2015

whoa, retro rockets. cool. RT @PopSci: ICYMI: The new @SpaceX animation shows how it will reuse rockets pops.ci/MHxp2E

The Science Behind NYC's Magic Macroscopic Snowflakes

popsci.com — As folks in the U.S. East Coast prepared for a major blizzard yesterday, the sky offered a little gift: Large snowflakes that look like macroscopic versions of what snow normally looks like under a microscope. The flakes are called rimed crystals.
Jan 28, 2015

The Science Behind NYC's Magic Macroscopic Snowflakes pops.ci/fJDSGX via @PopSci

Jan 27, 2015

RT @franciediep: The science behind NYC's magical rimed snowflakes yesterday popsci.com/science-behind… Thx @ferrisjabr for pics! I didn't see them myself :(

Jan 27, 2015

The science behind NYC's magical rimed snowflakes yesterday popsci.com/science-behind… Thx @ferrisjabr for pics! I didn't see them myself :(

An Underwater Volcano Just Created A New Island

popsci.com — There's a new island in the Pacific Ocean, thanks to an underwater volcano eruption that's been going on for the past month. The new island is in the Tonga archipelago--a group of islands southeast of Fiji. Scientists discovered it on January 16, about a month into the volcano's eruption.
Jan 28, 2015

An underwater volcano just created a new island (but it will erode in a matter of months) popsci.com/underwater-vol… http://t.co/aYSHYAelV6

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

popsci.com — Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older - by about 7 billion years. Using images and data collected by NASA's Kepler spacecraft, an international team of researchers discovered an ancient solar system around the star Kepler-444.
Jan 28, 2015

People were trying to sell this all day. I like this line best: Researchers Find Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System pops.ci/scmf/OrMCe04Lc…

Australia Is Heating Up Faster Than The Rest Of The World

popsci.com — Researchers predict Australia will warm up faster than any other country in the world. In a report released January 27 from Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and the Bureau of Meteorology, the agencies calculate that the country will warm up to 9.18 degrees Fahrenheit (5.1 degrees Celsius) by 2090 if greenhouse gas emissions remain high.
Jan 28, 2015

RT @PopSci: Australia is warming up faster than anywhere else in the world pops.ci/Fbpt0V http://t.co/ihRugulrxf

Jan 28, 2015

RT @PopSci: Australia is warming up faster than anywhere else in the world pops.ci/Fbpt0V http://t.co/ihRugulrxf

Watch A Drone Bombard Volunteers With Roman Candles

popsci.com — Looking much like an X-wing cockpit, this drone's four cannons converge on screen, implying a menacing threat. Well, it might be a tad more menacing if the cannons weren't brightly papered fireworks. Attached to this quadcopter are four Roman candles in full Fourth of July exuberance. The drone's targets?

What Happened in the Apollo 1 Fire?

popsci.com — On January 27, 1967, spacecraft 012 was mated to its service module and Saturn IB rocket, and the whole stack was on the launch pad. At one o'clock in the afternoon, the spacecraft's crew, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee climbed inside the spacecraft for the plugs out test, a routine test NASA ran before all its missions that ran a simulated countdown with the spacecraft running on its own internal power.

The Asteroid That Flew By Earth Yesterday Had A Moon

popsci.com — When asteroid 2004 BL86 whizzed by Earth on Monday, NASA got a close look at it. It turns out the 1,100-foot asteroid has a small moon orbiting it. The moon is just 230 feet in diameter, or a little less than the length of a football field.
Jan 27, 2015

That's no moon... RT @PopSci: The asteroid that flew by Earth yesterday had a very small moon pops.ci/8U9JqB pic.twitter.com/r0ERgmMjq8

An Icy Blast From The Past

popsci.com — The science of blizzards and how to overcome them have been a part of Popular Science since at least the magazine's second decade. In an 1883 treatise on cyclones and tornadoes, George Clinton Smith labeled a cyclonic storm in winter a "blizzard," noting the drop in barometric pressure observed before the storm.

The Coldest, Snowiest, Iciest Places In Our Solar System

popsci.com — The largest of Neptune's 13 moons, Triton is one of the coldest objects in our solar system. Also home to ice volcanoes, the moon's surface belches out a mixture of liquid nitrogen, methane, and dust, all of which freeze immediately in the air.
Jan 27, 2015

The Coldest, Snowiest, Iciest Places In Our Solar System. (Be happy you don't live on Pluto.) pops.ci/2NJPNQ

Stuck At Home? Watch Snowplows In Real Time

popsci.com — If you ask me, driving during a snowstorm is something to be avoided at all costs, but if you have no choice on the matter, or if you're just curious, high-tech tracking systems in some cities now let you remain well-informed about the state of the roads.
Jan 26, 2015

RT @PopSci: Stuck at home due to the blizzard? Here's how you can watch snowplows in real time pops.ci/i8g3we pic.twitter.com/yIQDpIxIHR

Jan 26, 2015

RT @PopSci: Stuck at home due to the blizzard? Here's how you can watch snowplows in real time pops.ci/i8g3we pic.twitter.com/yIQDpIxIHR

Jan 26, 2015

RT @PopSci: Stuck at home due to the blizzard? Here's how you can watch snowplows in real time pops.ci/i8g3we pic.twitter.com/yIQDpIxIHR

Jan 26, 2015

RT @PopSci: Stuck at home due to the blizzard? Here's how you can watch snowplows in real time pops.ci/i8g3we pic.twitter.com/yIQDpIxIHR

Jan 26, 2015

MT @PopSci: Watch snowplows in real time, online, unless you're in Boston. Then you just stare out the window. pops.ci/i8g3we

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Is It OK To Eat Snow?

popsci.com — Some fluffy white stuff is hitting the East Coast this week, creating the perfect opportunity to catch snowflakes on your tongue. "Everyone should eat snow because it's really fun," says Anne Nolin, a professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.

11 Ways Science and Technology Are Waging War on Winter

popsci.com — Here in New York City, we've just been hit with yet another round of snow, and it got us thinking: There must be somebody working on a way to get rid of this fluffy white menace. As it turns out, there are lots of people working on it!
Jan 26, 2015

RT @peterwsinger: I'll take Winter in any bet RT @PopSci: 11 ways science and tech are waging war on winter pops.ci/OdvLbS pic.twitter.com/THwOXKPEPD

Jan 26, 2015

Science and Technology Are Waging War on Winter. Fighting snow with sugar beet juice, geoengineering, and more. pops.ci/jDloyM

This Is What Happens When You Put Magnetic Buckyballs In A Blender [Video]

popsci.com — A viral marketing campaign is literally making sparks fly in their latest video. Blender company Blendtec is known for their 'Will it Blend?' series of videos, in which founder Tom Dickson blends everything from iPhones to Elf on a Shelf. For his latest video, Dickson threw some neodymium Buckyballs into the blender.
Jan 26, 2015

This Is What Happens When You Put Magnetic Buckyballs In A Blender [Video] pops.ci/lI41pH via @PopSci

Pediatrician Group Recommends Decriminalizing Marijuana For Youngsters

popsci.com — Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics is publishing a report on recreational marijuana use among kids under the age of 18. Like a good pediatrician, the report summarizes the latest research to answer kids' and parents' most pressing questions. Is pot bad for young brains?
Jan 26, 2015

Citing disproportionate harm of criminal conviction, Pediatrics group recommends decriminalizing marijuana for youth popsci.com/american-acade…