Atmosphere detected around an Earth-like planet

Atmosphere detected around an Earth-like planet

From Science Daily Astronomers have detected an atmosphere around the super-Earth planet GJ 1132b. This marks the first detection of an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet other than Earth itself, and thus is a significant step on the path towards the detection of life outside our Solar System. The team that made the discovery, led […]

Why don’t people care about those extra pounds?

Why don’t people care about those extra pounds?

America is packing on the pounds — and we’re OK with that. A study published last month indicates that while most of us have a few extra pounds (about 70 percent of the population is overweight, according to the CDC), few of us are trying to lose weight. Researchers believe the desire to be thin […]

NASA’s Cassini Mission prepares for ‘grand finale’ at Saturn

NASA’s Cassini Mission prepares for ‘grand finale’ at Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story. On Wednesday, April 26, the spacecraft will make the first in a series of dives through the 1,500-mile-wide (2,400-kilometer) gap between Saturn and its rings as part of the mission’s grand finale. “No spacecraft has […]

Politically incorrect professor gets denied grant funding

Politically incorrect professor gets denied grant funding

A professor who opposes political correctness and refuses to use gender-neutral pronouns was denied research grant funding. Professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto, who has recently sparked controversy for opposing social justice initiatives, was denied research grant funding, according to his Twitter account. For the 1st time in my career, my research grant […]

NASA selects mission to study churning chaos in Milky Way and beyond

NASA selects mission to study churning chaos in Milky Way and beyond

NASA has selected a science mission that will measure emissions from the interstellar medium, which is the cosmic material found between stars. This data will help scientists determine the life cycle of interstellar gas in our Milky Way galaxy, witness the formation and destruction of star-forming clouds, and understand the dynamics and gas flow in […]

The 10 best science images, videos, and visualizations of the year

The 10 best science images, videos, and visualizations of the year

These are the 2017 winners of the Vizzies Challenge. Greg Dunn, Brian Edwards, and Will Drinker Hundreds of thousands of neurons in the brain. We are all too aware of how hard it can be to explain science. Describing concepts, theories, processes, and phenomena use up a lot of words—and even after careful consideration those […]

Why being hungry makes you irritable

Why being hungry makes you irritable

If you frequently have to make up with friends and family with an, “I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry,” then you might be suffering from a widespread condition known as “hanger.” Though not an official medical condition, there is scientific evidence that your empty stomach could be to blame for those […]

Mars volcano, Earth’s dinosaurs went extinct about the same time

Mars volcano, Earth’s dinosaurs went extinct about the same time

New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3 million years during the final peak of activity. The last volcanic activity there ceased about 50 million years ago — around the time of Earth’s Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction, when large numbers of our […]

Scan and print anything from your phone

Scan and print anything from your phone

Take your office with you David Nield/Popular Science Android scanning With the right app you can use your phone’s camera as a scanner. Companies like Apple and Google are eager for mobile users to do more of their computing on the go, and that extends to printing and scanning. It’s easier than you might think […]

Science reveals the type of man more likely to go bald

Science reveals the type of man more likely to go bald

One morning, most men will wake up, look in the mirror, and notice they’re losing their hair. More than half of men will experience appreciable hair loss by the age of 50, known as male pattern baldness, or androgenetic alopecia. Now, science suggests there’s a type of man that’s more likely to go bald than […]