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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Just Crashed During A Mojave Test Flight [Updated]

popsci.com — There's a shadow looming over the private spaceflight industry this week. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocket just experienced an "in-flight anomaly" during a test run in the Mojave desert. While the company hasn't specified what that anomaly is just yet, multiple reports are pointing to some kind of crash.

Halloween Zombie Outbreak At Popular Science Office

popsci.com — Please enable Javascript to watch this video One of the inevitable truths of working at an outfit like Popular Science is that companies send you a lot of free, unsolicited stuff in the mail.
Oct 31, 2014

Zombies attacked @PopSci. We survived w/ @NerfNation weaponry. Except @BreannaDraxler, whose brains were totes eaten: popsci.com/article/hallow…

Oct 31, 2014

Zombie outbreak at the @popsci office [video!]: ow.ly/DEoX6 (Yes, that's me hiding behind Hackett's apocalypse-survival column)

Is The Human Species Still Evolving?

popsci.com — Homo superius just around the next corner, waiting to take our place? Let's think about what it would take: If we were to give rise to a new species, something would have to happen to us to create a bottleneck or isolated place for a founder-person and her or his mate to show up and get separated from you and me and our offspring.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @PopSci: Is the human species still evolving? Read an excerpt from Bill Nye’s new book, Undeniable! popsci.com/article/scienc… pic.twitter.com/O534I9nEjk

Oct 31, 2014

RT @PopSci: Is the human species still evolving? Read an excerpt from Bill Nye’s new book, Undeniable! popsci.com/article/scienc… pic.twitter.com/O534I9nEjk

To Kill Malaria Parasite, Feed Bacteria To Mosquitoes

popsci.com — The deadly malaria parasite, a protozoan named Plasmodium, rides inside the bellies of mosquitoes to get from human to human. While some scientists have proposed using genetically engineered or sperm-free mosquitoes to fight malaria, a new method aims straight for the stomach: Researchers have found that feeding mosquitoes bacteria inoculates the insects against Plasmodium.

6 Surprising Facts About Halloween's Mascots

popsci.com — As a courtesy to bug-phobes, some of the more lurid images in this post will be hidden until and unless you press this button. SHOW Happy Halloween! If you're celebrating this year, which apparently three-quarters of Americans are, odds are you bought at least one thing with a scary spider or a scary bat emblazoned on it.

Two Comics that Teach You About the Wide World of Bugs

popsci.com — This past weekend, I was in Philadelphia and had a chance to check out the Locust Moon Comic Festival. Put on by the Locust Moon comic shop, it featured a pretty great collection of indie comic artists.
Oct 31, 2014

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The Month In Plagues: Ebola Panic, Filthy New York City Rats, And More

popsci.com — Here are some links on infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web this past month. Have more? Add them in the comments. In outbreak news , with nearly The Ebola outbreak continues in West Africa 5,000 deaths and more than 13,000 cases.
Oct 31, 2014

Today on the blog: The Month In Plagues: Ebola Panic, Filthy New York City Rats, And More pops.ci/mLRuWj via @popsci

Big Pic: The Sun Gives Off A Jack-O'-Lantern Leer

popsci.com — The sun got into the Halloween spirit a little early this year, producing active spots that look like a jack-o'-lantern leer on October 8. The active spots give off more light and energy than the rest of the sun's surface.

How Sneeze Particles Travel Inside An Airplane

popsci.com — At first, the video displays the virtual insides of a crowded passenger airplane. Then all of a sudden, one of the passengers seated in the middle "sneezes." Hundreds of multicolored particles are jettisoned into the air, creating a rainbow-speckled cloud that lingers above everyone's heads.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @steveashleyplus: Why you get colds in airliners. Simulation shows how sneeze particles travel inside cabins. (PopSci): popsci.com/article/scienc…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @PopSci: Worried about germs when you travel? Here’s how sneeze particles spread in an airplane popsci.com/article/scienc… pic.twitter.com/fUoxR12UAM

Oct 30, 2014

If someone sneezes on a plane, the people in that row have the highest chance of getting sick. h/t @JenLucPiquant popsci.com/article/scienc…

Oct 30, 2014

How Sneeze Particles Travel Inside An Airplane: Simulation technology shows u should sit far behind sick passenger. pops.ci/oPPb6z

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Big Pic: China's Lunar Spacecraft Snaps Trippy Pic Of The Moon And Earth

popsci.com — On its trip around the Moon this week, China's lunar test probe, Chang'e 5TI, snapped this mind-bending image of the Earth and its satellite, putting the objects in a unique perspective. The photo is taken from just beyond lunar orbit, and it gives the illusion that the Moon is actually the more sizable of the two, and that Earth is the tiny orbiter.

How To Give A Mouse Ebola

popsci.com — If you give a lab mouse the mouse version of Ebola, it will die. But not in the same way humans with Ebola do. Lab mice infected with Ebola don't get hemorrhagic fever.

Feast Your Eyes On The Best Microscope Images Of The Year

popsci.com — Every year since 1974, Nikon has herded a gaggle of nerds into a room for an impossible task: Pore over thousands of microscope images and pick the very best ones. I was lucky enough to join the judge's circle this summer for Nikon Small World 2014-the 40th year of the microscopy competition.

How Benedict Cumberbatch Became A Dragon [Video]

popsci.com — A delightful clip of Benedict Cumberbatch playing Smaug for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug made the rounds last week, showcasing the weirdness of motion-capture performance. In the video, he wears a full body suit, and white dots are speckled on his face. Yet as funny as this site is, most people probably weren't surprised by it.
Oct 29, 2014

RT @PopSci: How Benedict Cumberbatch became the dragon Smaug through motion capture technology popsci.com/article/how-be… pic.twitter.com/k0e3dqPpZA

Microscopic Robots Learn To Move Like White Blood Cells

popsci.com — In the 90s kids show The Magic School Bus, eccentric teacher Ms. Frizzle took her class for a wild ride in a sick student's immune system -- only to be attacked by white blood cells. White blood cells tracked the bus using the same chemical traces they follow to find infected sites or navigate their way to viruses.

Earth 2.0: Where Are The Habitable Worlds Of 'Interstellar'?

popsci.com — In the upcoming film, Interstellar, a group of heroes blasts off from a dying Earth to search for a new home for humanity. For reasons that aren't explained in the trailer, the solar system (including Mars) apparently cannot help. Instead, the extraplanetary explorers must seek out Earth 2.0 in another star system.