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Mars Rover Curiosity’s Tracks Are More Than Just Skid Marks in the Martian Dirt

The Mars rover Curiosity’s first roll was more than a cause for celebration — it will help pinpoint where the rover set down, and emblazon the name of its maker into the Martian soil. Curiosity’s wheels have holes arrange...
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Video: A Body-Cooling Glove Could Give Athletes a Better Boost Than Steroids

Almost all mammals have a network of veins near a hairless part of their skin that controls rapid temperature management–and it’s no different for people. For us it’s the palms (as opposed to, say, a dog’...
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The Labs That Go Boom: The Plasma Physics Laboratory Makes Miniature Suns

This month, as part of our special on the future of education, PopSci presents 10 labs where students do serious research (and career training) by blowing stuff up. Lab: Plasma Physics Laboratory at Princeton UniversityCareer: ...
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Video: The First Film Shot With Google Glass

We’ve seen Google Glass, the project responsible for the filming, augmented-reality-providing glasses, jumping out of planes, but this is the first actual, edited film made with them. Diane Von Furstenberg’s show at...
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Mysterious Martian Spheres Might Be The Weird Work Of Water

Strange new spheres on the surface of Mars have planetary geologists buzzing–they might be the result of water, they could be left over from a major crater-causing impact, or they might be something else. And they’r...
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How To Build Your Own Trippy Meditation Pod

Ignore the funny haircuts and retro clothing in this gallery: The Meditator is the perfect solution to the stresses of urban life in 2012. Made from 12 pentagons decorated with photo collages, this think tank is a collapsable h...
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Adam Cohen Lights Up Neurons To See How They Fire

Other 13-year-old boys want cash for their bar mitzvah. Adam Cohen asked for an oscilloscope. Shortly thereafter, he startled his parents by wandering into the living room with a home-built EKG machine taped to his chest. “Th...
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Mohamed El-Naggar Hot-Wires Bacteria To Build Semiconductors

“Everything I do is about finding something that microbes can do that we can’t and then figuring out how they do it,” Mohamed El-Naggar says as he pulls up images of anaerobic bacteria on his computer at the University of...
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A Restaurant With Adjustable Acoustics

Fun fact: When the music in a bar gets 22 percent louder, patrons drink 26 percent faster. But if the crowd itself gets too loud, the owners (unfortunately) can’t turn down the volume. Isn’t there a better way to ha...
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