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The Science And Engineering Of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Balloons

popsci.com — They're cute and fat and take real engineering to get up into the air. I'm talking about the iconic balloons in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which starts at 9:00 am Eastern tomorrow. Just one group of 28 full-time workers, the Macy's Parade Studio in New Jersey, conceives of, makes, and maintains all of the parade's balloons.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @joshpetri: Macy’s employs 28 people full-time that do nothing but build and maintain their balloons popsci.com/science-and-en…

SpaceX Unveils Autonomous Drone Ship For Landing Reusable Rockets

popsci.com — In the ongoing effort to lower the cost of commercial spaceflight, private companies hope to conquer a facet of rocket design NASA hasn't fully explored yet: reusable rockets. Up until now, all space rockets have used disposable launch systems, meaning they're designed to launch only once, and afterward, their parts are never recovered.
Nov 26, 2014

RT @PopSci: SpaceX unveils an autonomous drone ship for landing reusable Falcon 9 rockets pops.ci/45BtsB pic.twitter.com/s3ByFjmkP2

Nov 26, 2014

RT @PopSci: SpaceX unveils an autonomous drone ship for landing reusable Falcon 9 rockets pops.ci/45BtsB pic.twitter.com/s3ByFjmkP2

Rare Anglerfish Caught On Video

popsci.com — Earlier this month, scientists observed the black seadevil species of anglerfish alive in its natural habitat for the first time. You might recognize this sort of bony monster from Finding Nemo. One of them nearly swallows Marlin and Dory after luring them toward its gruesome jaws with the pretty bauble dangling from its forehead.

How To Make Extra-Efficient Solar Panels Using Old Blu-Ray Discs

popsci.com — You probably don't think of them that way, but Blu-ray discs have a gorgeous color. In fact, the same physics that gives butterfly wings and housefly eyes their iridescent shine are also at work on Blu-ray.
Nov 25, 2014

How To Make Extra-Efficient Solar Panels Using Old Blu-Ray Discs: color makes them efficient at catching light. pops.ci/MqWmVy

Astronauts Levitate Molten Orb Of Metal In Space

popsci.com — Behold the fiery sphere of pain in the heavens! No, not the sun, this one is much, much closer to Earth, and much stranger still. Aboard the International Space Station, scientists have an electromagnetic levitator that lets them suspend a sphere of liquid metal in place. Why?

Is Depression An Infectious Disease?

popsci.com — Mental health continues to be one of society's greatest concerns. Its enigmatic nature leaves both the public and the health professional in a quandary to understand not only the cause but also the means to cure. Though research has been conducted for centuries, at times it feels we are up against intractable odds.

Welcome To The New Popular Science

popsci.com — Dictionaries change, seasons change, even atoms change-let's hear it for radiation! But science's meteoric rise in pop culture continues to surprise us. I like to say there's no better time to work for Popular Science, because today science is popular. The signs are everywhere.

Our Savior, The Supervillain

popsci.com — This month, Elon Musk reminded us once again why he's the most entertaining executive alive. In an online comment that's since been deleted, Musk wrote about his fears concerning artificial intelligence (AI) research and how fast it is progressing.
Nov 25, 2014

Our Savior, The Supervillain pops.ci/wrCCs7 via @PopSci Food for thought from one of LA's resident geniuses, @elonmusk.

Nov 24, 2014

Our Savior, The Supervillain: My piece for @PopSci about @elonmusk, the world's foremost doomsday prepper. pops.ci/lLi3vu

Nov 24, 2014

RT @DaveMosher: Elon Musk: Supervillain—and humanity’s greatest hope? <3ing this piece by @esofge: popsci.com/our-savior-sup…

Nov 24, 2014

Elon Musk: Supervillain—and humanity’s greatest hope? <3ing this piece by @esofge: popsci.com/our-savior-sup…

The Real Problems Of Running A Jurassic Park

popsci.com — The teaser trailer for Jurassic World will be released this Thursday, and while everyone is looking forward to the film's release next June, some imaginative folks on Twitter have been exploring what kind of problems Jurassic Park might have had to endure if it were a vacation destination in the real world.

How Nigeria's Anti-Polio Strategy Helped It Wipe Out Ebola

popsci.com — There are just three countries in the world where polio is still endemic: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria. Now, experts think it's feasible for Nigeria to wipe out wild poliovirus within its borders this year, even as the country stays on high alert against Ebola.
Nov 24, 2014

How Nigeria's polio-vaccination infrastructure helped it deal w/ Ebola popsci.com/how-nigerias-p… & Nigeria cd be wild polio-free by 2015!

Europa Is Stunning In Close-To-True Color

popsci.com — NASA has given an old, high-resolution image of Jupiter's moon Europa a fresh polish. The result is the closest-yet approximation of what the watery moon would look like to the naked eye. Hi there, Europa! The Galileo spacecraft gathered the data for this image in 1995 and 1998.

Band Will Release Album In DNA

popsci.com — On the one hand, you can fit OK Go's latest album in the coin pocket of your jeans. On the other hand, it takes hundreds of dollars' worth of equipment-and a science degree's worth of skill-to listen to it. Decisions, decisions.
Nov 24, 2014

Band that did the treadmill video wants to release an album in DNA popsci.com/band-release-a… May run into legal trouble! newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…