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Have Modern Scientists Made Any Advancements In Alchemy?

Ancient alchemists tried just about anything to turn lead into gold. But if they had just had a laser, they might have been able to make pseudo-platinum. More than half of the world’s platinum goes into cars’ catalytic conv...
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A Giant Teddy Bear And Other Amazing Images From This Week

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The Prettiest Space Photos Of The Year

The super hot outer atmosphere of the sun, called the corona, is easiest for scientists to study during a total solar eclipse, when the moon blocks out the glare from the much brighter photosphere. It took the photographer two ...
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8 Of The Prettiest Space Photos Of The Year

The winners of the fifth annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards from the Royal Observatory Greenwich have just been announced, so drop whatever it was you were doing and sift through some star porn. This year, the win...
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Mars Is Probably Not Home To Life, According To Sad New Study

Hold your horses (cows?), guys. A new analysis of data from the Curiosity rover found there’s very little methane in the atmosphere of Mars. Methane gas can be a sign of biological activity—of microbial Martians, fartin...
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How To Use Science To Get Better Bar Service

There’s no better way to combine a love of drinking and a love of technology than by employing the services of a robot bartender. We’ve seen many a drink-pouring prototype, but to program a truly viable machine bart...
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Scientists Discover Brain Activity Beyond A Deep Coma

With the help of one man and 26 cats, scientists from the University of Montreal and the Medical Centre Regina Maria in Romania say they’ve discovered a new frontier in brain function: activity beyond the flat EEG line th...
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Arrr! Did Captain Kidd Hide His Gold In An Ox-Swallowing Underground Vault?

(In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, this story from the April 1939 issue of Popular Science has been carefully translated from land lubberish.) As spring sails in t’ 1939, a treacherous crew o’ Yankee...
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FYI: Can Humans Survive In A Completely Self-Sufficient Closed Environment?

Not yet, though we’ve been trying to do so since at least the 1970s. Fabricating an environment that needs no power other than the sun and is a closed system (where waste gets broken down and reused) is extremely difficult. O...
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