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How To Binge-watch With Friends—even When You’re Miles Apart
Make video-watching a more communal experience. Even when you're not actually in the same place. Brooke Cagle via Unsplash When you're home alone, you can entertain yourself with an overwhelming stream of videos, from cute cat clips on YouTube to the
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How To Remove Stains From Red Wine, Blood, Coffee, Grease, Ink, And More
To effectively clean stains, you need to know a little chemistry. Depositphotos One of the most common problems in all of chemistry and materials science: how to get rid of stains. From a scientific perspective, oil on the garage floor, red wine on a
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What It’s Like To Photograph Earth From Space
This story was originally published on PopPhoto.com. Since the early days of space travel, it has been vital that astronauts capture images of our planet. That responsibility isn’t lost on former astronaut Chris Hadfield—who estimates he took nearly
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How To Make Retro Video Games Look Good On Your Modern TV
NES Classic Edition You don't need this modern update of Nintendo's classic NES. Here's how to make games on your old console look good on a modern TV. Amazon Want a zero-hassle way to relive your youth? The NES and SNES Classic are back on store she
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How The Sunflower Transformed From A Garden Novelty To A Mighty Beast
Liquid sunshine. Salajean/Shutterstock.com Fields of sunflowers are now a common—and beautiful—sight all over the world. They have inspired artists from Van Gogh to Klimt, and continue to do so in the age of Instagram, if the recent selfie craze is a
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Freaking Out About Heavy Metals In Your Food? Here's What You Should Know
This baby has reason to be concerned about their food. Deposit Photos Heavy metals aren’t just something to avoid if you don’t like Black Sabbath. But while you’ve probably heard of this group of elements (and the dangers associated with ingesting th
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A Massive, Murky Void In Space Has Surprisingly Few Galaxies
Computer simulation of the Universe. Orange shows galaxies, darker blue areas show 'voids.' TNG Collaboration Breathe in. Breathe out. It’s all going to be OK. There are about 25 septillion molecules of air in the cubic meter (one meter = three feet)
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How Worried Should We Be That Glyphosate Was Found In Our Cheerios?
Cheerios in milk. Photo by freestocks.org on Unsplash An environmental advocacy group found traces of controversial herbicides on popular breakfast cereals like Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Quaker Oats, according to their report published Aug. 15. The
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K2's Deadly Mystery: Nobody Knows What’s Actually In Synthetic Marijuana
If cannabinoid receptors were a dial, the plant would consistently turn it up a few notches. The synthetic compounds, on the other hand, would spin it freely—sometimes they’re hundreds of times more potent than THC. DEA This week, over 70 people over
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Humans Have A Hard Time 'Killing' Robots, Especially When They Beg For Their Lives
A Nao robot. Stephen Chin via Flickr In a recent paper in the journal PLOS ONE, German researchers asked 89 college students to team up with a tiny, bright-eyed robot named Nao to answer questions and complete menial tasks. It’s a robot partnership w
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Five Rad And Random Things I Found This Week
My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful, fun, or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, the best gear for going back to schoo
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'Zombie Genes' Could Be Why So Few Elephants Die Of Cancer
Elephants live for a long time, and are huge—why do they rarely die of cancer? alisha/Depositphotos The longer you live, the higher your chances of developing cancer creep toward 100 percent. Moreover, the larger you are, the greater your chances are
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The Best Rain Jackets To Wear When It's Hot Out
The Helium II jacket from Outdoor Research. OR When it’s warm outside but raining, you want a jacket to protect you from the elements, but not suffocate you. Sure, you could use an umbrella, but that ties up one of your hands, drips when you get to y
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When Rain Is Just As Dangerous As Drought
Extreme rain has many effects. Chief among the is localized flooding. Deposit Photos If you close your eyes and picture climate change, what do you see? What do you hear, feel, and taste? Your mind might not be painting the whole picture. In her west
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Microbiologists Are Testing Blood-sensing Pills In Pigs' Bellies
Animal life. Britt Spencer From Mark Mimee, microbiologist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology I genetically modify bacteria that live in our guts. In 2012, I decided to turn these microbes into living sensors, small enough to fit inside the bod
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#TBT to 1947: Introducing the Polaroid Camera
An illustration of the original Polaroid Land camera. Popular Science This story was originally published on PopPhoto.com. Today we’re taking you way back to 1947 for some photographic wisdom from our friend’s at Popular Science. Edwin H. Land unveil
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Trees Are Migrating West To Escape Climate Change
Eastern trees are migrating westward to survive. Pixabay An individual tree has roots and, of course, it doesn’t move. But trees, as a species, do move over time. They migrate in response to environmental challenges, especially climate change. Surpri
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10 Tips For Making LinkedIn Useful, Even If You Already Have A Job
You can make LinkedIn work for you—but it's all how you use it. LinkedIn Many of us think of LinkedIn as the lamest social network. But that's because we're not using it to its full potential. With the correct method, it can teach you more about your
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Measles Cases Aren't Spiking, Despite Talk Of An Outbreak
A map showing measles rates amongst enlisted men from April 1917 to December 1919. Solid black areas represent 50-116 per 1000 per annum. Heavy black areas represent 25-49 per 1000 per annum. Checkerboard areas represent 10-24 per 1000 per annum. Lig
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Is A Great Gaming Phone That Won't Make You Better At Fortnite
Fortnite The 6.4-inch screen is wide and ready for some cartoonish violence. Stan Horaczek It’s late on Monday night—a school night—and my kids are looking over my shoulder as I hunch over Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note9. I’m play
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What You Should Know About Florida's Awful Algae Problem
Algae cover the surface of the Caloosahatchee River at the W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam, July 12, 2018, in Alva, Florida. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky Editor’s note: Two large-scale algae outbreaks in Florida are killing fish and threatening public health. Al
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Gifts for Your Friend Who Needs to Chill Out
Deep breath in. Nil Castellví via Unsplash You know the type. They work 60 hours a week, have half a dozen side-hustles, and never, ever cancel plans. You love their natural ambition, but also are aware that sometimes they need a little encouragement
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Can An App Replace Your Birth Control? For Most People, The Answer Is No.
The Natural Cycles app and thermometer, inexplicably next to some other fun, modern, youthful products. Natural Cycles No birth control is for everyone, and that’s especially true for apps. The Food and Drug Administration just approved the first sof
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New Fracking Wells Are Using Many Times More Water Than Their Predecessors
Fresh water is important to life, and industries. EcoPic Over the last few years, fracking operations have gotten more efficient at removing oil and natural gas from the ground—this according to a new study published today in the journal Science Adva
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The Exhilarating History Of Roller Coaster Photography
Thrill ride photography has evolved. Hy Peskin/FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images There are few things quite exhilarating as the thrill of a very good roller coaster. The way your heart races before you hit that first drop and the laughter and/or terror
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This Giant Exoplanet's Atmosphere Teems With Glowing Hot Atoms Of Titanium And Iron
An artist's impression of Kelt-9b and its star. Denis Bajram For the first time, astronomers have detected iron and titanium vapors in a planet's sky—the metals glowing hot like the filaments in a light bulb in the searing atmosphere. The strategy us
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The Weirdest Things We Learned This Week: Bone Flutes, Zebra Carriages, And Laughing Gas Parties
A Neolithic bone flute Wikipedia/Public Domain What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s newest podcast. The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week hits
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Check Out These New Flying Pterosaur Bones
This particular species had folds of skin under the neck like some kind of bizarre ancient pelican. BYU Photo Back in the day, dinosaurs roamed the earth, but pterosaurs were masters of the sky. Though better known as pterodactyls to the general publ
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What You Can Do To Prevent Google—and Others—from Tracking Your Phone
Take charge of whether or not Google, and other apps and services, is tracking your location. Photo by Henry Marsh from Pexels It’s natural to want to limit the ways your smartphone tracks your location. Of course, carrying a device whose main purpos
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Deadly Collapse In Italy Turns Spotlight Onto Aging Bridges Around The World
Rescuers work to search for survivors after a section of the Morandi motorway bridge collapsed earlier on August 14, 2018 in Genoa, Italy. Awakening/Getty Images Since the 1960s the Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italy arced high over railway tracks, nearb
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