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Moon rovers are evolving to survive the harsh lunar night
Science

Moon rovers are evolving to survive the harsh lunar night

The system is part refrigerator, part vent.

Traveling to Mars could destroy your kidneys
Science

Traveling to Mars could destroy your kidneys

New research suggests that a Mars-bound astronaut may need dialysis on the way home.

On the hunt: Tracking the illegal cheetah trade
Environment

On the hunt: Tracking the illegal cheetah trade

Scientists are testing new tools to spot the origin of cheetahs poached from the wild and smuggled for the pet trade.

Ocean trash can now be tracked from space
AI

Ocean trash can now be tracked from space

Supercomputers helped unlock a satellite’s ability to monitor the mountains of floating plastic.

In a first, astronomers spot merging quasars from the Cosmic Dawn
Deep Space

In a first, astronomers spot merging quasars from the Cosmic Dawn

The pair dates back to 900 million years after the big bang.

This giant polar reptile once stalked an ancient super-ocean
Environment

This giant polar reptile once stalked an ancient super-ocean

Fossils show that the sea dragon-like New Zealand nothosaur had sharp teeth and reached 23 feet in length.

Like cigarettes and alcohol, Surgeon General says social media needs warning labels
Health

Like cigarettes and alcohol, Surgeon General says social media needs warning labels

The country’s top public health official says Facebook and TikTok ‘prey on developing brains.’

Despite criticism, the last of the rattlesnake roundups hang on
Environment

Despite criticism, the last of the rattlesnake roundups hang on

Public outrage has caused many rattlesnake roundups—killing contests held in the name of public safety—to go out of business or convert to no-kill wildlife festivals. But in Texas and Oklahoma, these annual events continue, with thousands of snakes being slaughtered.

How to make a coffee can camera—in 1961 and today
DIY

How to make a coffee can camera—in 1961 and today

Since Popular Science published the project, photography has come a long way (for better or for worse).

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