A new color-changing badge may help medics determine the severity of brain trauma in soldiers exposed to bomb blasts
The September Popular Science feature "Shock to the System" (on newsstands next week), discusses the hidden danger of brain trauma faced by soldiers exposed to bomb blasts. The article reveals that one in five American soldiers serving in Iraq may be suffering from a brain injury—not from direct contact with explosions, but from the effects of bomb blast waves that can cause life-threatening damage at the cellular level, even from distances previously considered safe.
Oh yeah, remember Friendster? While the social networking site disappeared stateside years ago, it's still holding strong with Filipino teens
Back in 2005, Friendster was faced with a really strange problem. Or opportunity, depending upon how you looked at it. See, the social networking site was based in the U.S. and funded by U.S. advertisers, but it turned out that a massive bulk of the site's millions of users were actually based in the Philippines. Friendster execs' hearts—and hopes for financial solvency— sank when they realized they weren't targeting their intended audience. Without a U.S. consumer base, their advertising would dry up.
A recent census shows that more than 125,000 gorillas--more than twice the estimated population--are alive and well in the Congo
Two decades ago, "saving the gorillas" became a cause celebre when researchers announced that western lowland gorilla populations in the Congo had dwindled to critically endangered numbers. Our primate relatives were threatened by a widespread outbreak of the Ebola virus, as well as poachers who hunted the animals for bushmeat.
Estimates at the time of the 1980 gorilla census were in the range of 100,000 individuals, but since then experts believed that the number had dropped to less than 50,000.
A new Microsoft study suggests a scientific basis to the old trivia game
There was some wisdom behind that stoner pop-culture game you used to play in college, but it turns out the “six-degrees of separation” hypothesis was a few tenths off the mark. According to data gleaned from Microsoft’s Messenger IM service, all human contacts in a social network can be connected in 6.6 degrees.
The prescription for a sick CD? Toothpaste, MSG and wood polish, of course
About to chuck that busted CD? Not so fast, young grasshopper. Web editor Megan Miller demonstrates three ways to resurrect those scratched discs using stuff you probably already have sitting on your shelf.
A new NIH database provides great info on the effects and interactions of natural medicines
Perhaps youre the type of health nut who takes four or five different vitamin concoctions each morning to support weight loss, anti-aging, good digestion, clear skin and high energy. Or maybe youre just curious about the medicinal effects of black tea, cranberry juice and licorice. Well, youre in for a treat.
While tech pundits chronicle the saga of Open Computer, you could be making one
The Web has been abuzz this week with speculation about the company Psystar, which recently appeared out of nowhere offering (for just $399) a PC called the Open Computer that runs OS X Leopard.
A new LED device may help keep drivers awake during long hauls
Mix some drinks, catch JoCo live in concert, and review the surprisingly ancient origins of the Internet in this week's edition
On this week's podcast, host Chuck Cage, gets the scoop on SXSW Interactive from Web editor Megan Miller. Marvel over the origins of the Internet! Learn how tech can change the world! Catch Jonathan Coulton's live concert! All that and more, on Cocktail Party Science.
Mix some drinks and listen in as PopSci’s editors discuss privacy rights, space kimchi and more
In our second episode
of Cocktail Party Science, host Chuck Cage, executive editor Mike Haney and Web editor Megan Miller sit down with Catherine Price, author of "The Anonymity Experiment
." Find out how to keep your online activity hidden, what the spy bill means for our civil rights, and whether its possible to truly "disappear."
Investigators still don’t know why or how this poisonous compound came to be found in a Las Vegas hotel room, but we've got the beta on its deadly effects
When a pile of castor beans and a couple of vials of white powder turned up on Thursday in a room at the Extended Stay America Hotel near the Las Vegas strip, authorities went into panic mode, calling in police, Homeland Security and FBI agents to investigate.
Mix some martinis and listen in each Monday afternoon as PopSci’s editors gather for a casual (and often silly) discussion about current events in science and tech
Check out our inaugural episode of Cocktail Party Science, in which host Chuck Cage, senior editor Nicole Dyer and Web editor Megan Miller talk to Eric Hagerman, author of Your Sewer on Drugs. Youll get a behind-the-scenes account of what it was really like to dive into the manholes of San Diego in the name of science.
An Internet phenom turns serious when biblical translators take up lolspeak
A couple years ago, a Web sensation was born when a bunch of people started posting photos of cute animals—mostly kittens—doing funny stuff, mostly with computers, and captioning these photos in the weird pidgen of baby talk and IM slang now known as lolspeak."
It's flu season, so why not gross out your friends by whipping up a batch of totally disgusting synthetic snot? You might even learn a thing or two about non-Newtonian fluids in the bargain
Usually our 5-Minute Projects involve soldering and LED lights and other such electronic accoutrements, but this week we decided to skip the fancy stuff in favor of an old-school science project: making rheopectic slime from Borax and glue. This is a pretty safe experiment even for kids--just make sure to do it with parental supervision and keep the Borax, slime, and any fingers that have been touching the aforementioned items out of eyes, noses and mouths.
A new book archives the best posts from the FutureMe Web project— a chronicle of anonymous hopes and dreams
Everyone at some point wishes she could talk with her "future self" and have some insight into how it's all going to turn out. Unfortunately—unless you count Miss Cleo's tele-clairvoyent services—technology hasn't given us a portal to the future yet. But it has improved upon the time capsule.