Gravitational waves just showed us something even cooler than black holes

Observatories all over the world caught a new kind of collision. Colliding neutron stars This artist’s rendering shows what two neutron stars might look like as they merge, ejecting matter and shooting out gamma rays. NSF / LIGO / Sonoma State University / A. Simonnet For the first time ever, humans have observed light and gravitational… Continue reading “Gravitational waves just showed us something even cooler than black holes”

How This “Living” Chandelier Uses Algae to Purify the Air of CO2

This green-tinted chandelier is not just a gorgeous lighting fixture – it also purifies the air around it. The Exhale chandelier is the world’s first “living” bionic chandelier that uses algae to convert surrounding carbon dioxide emissions into clean oxygen. The microalgae, which are nourished by a special life-support system, are contained in the 70 glass… Continue reading “How This “Living” Chandelier Uses Algae to Purify the Air of CO2″

YoCam is a tiny waterproof camera for livestreaming your adventures

It’s also perfect for selfies or home security, now 50 percent off. Weighing just 1.9 ounces, YoCam is one of the smallest HD cameras available. The wide-angle 140° lens takes crystal-clear 1080p footage at 30 frames per second and beautiful 8MP photos. Stack Commerce Great moments are best shared with the people you love. Of course,… Continue reading “YoCam is a tiny waterproof camera for livestreaming your adventures”

Surfing Robots Are Now Patrolling the Great Barrier Ree

Robots can do many things, including surfing. Computer World Australia reports that the Wave Glider, as the machine is called, just finished a week-long, 200-mile journey to check on the reef and report back to the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).The Great Barrier Reef’s enormous size makes it difficult for scientists to collect important data.… Continue reading “Surfing Robots Are Now Patrolling the Great Barrier Ree”

Teens Prefer Snapchat, Apple And Amazon

Instagram may have more people using its Stories feature than Snapchat, but teens still prefer the latter, according to new data from investment firm Piper Jaffray. Instagram announced over the summer it had 250 million daily active users on its Stories feature, much more than Snapchat, which reported 166 million daily active users in May. The… Continue reading “Teens Prefer Snapchat, Apple And Amazon”

13 spooky science stories

Tis the season, after all. It’s Friday. It’s also Friday the 13th. And it’s also October, A.K.A. Halloweentember. You know what that means: it’s time for some spoOooOooOooky science stories. Here are 13 of the most shudder-inducing tales we could find in the Popular Science vaults. A mysterious submarine death CSS H.L. Hunley U.S. Navy History… Continue reading “13 spooky science stories”

Mystery Hacker Steals Australian Defense Data

A mystery hacker who was given the alias of a TV soap opera character has stolen sensitive information about Australia’s multi-billion dollar warplane and navy projects. Intelligence officials say the break was significant, although the Australian government insists that only low-level data was taken. The identity of the cyber criminal is not known. The virtual break-in… Continue reading “Mystery Hacker Steals Australian Defense Data”

Facebook Phishing Attack Abuses Trusted Contacts Feature

A new phishing campaign is being carried out against users of Facebook. The scheme targets individuals and relies on abusing the platform’s Trusted Contacts feature in order to trick victims into surrendering personal information. The attack was first identified by Access Now, a non-profit advocacy group that organizes around the cause of a free and open… Continue reading “Facebook Phishing Attack Abuses Trusted Contacts Feature”

Drone hit Canadian airliner: minister

A Canadian passenger plane landed safely after it was hit by a drone in the first case of its kind in the country, a cabinet minister said Sunday. With increasing numbers of unmanned aerial devices in the skies, collisions are still rare, but authorities around the world are looking at ways to keep jetliners out of… Continue reading “Drone hit Canadian airliner: minister”

Five signs your laptop is in trouble—and how to fix them

Keep an eye out for these red flags. Catch laptop trouble as early as you can. Glenn Carstens-Peters/Unsplash When something goes seriously wrong with your laptop, you usually receive an advance warning. A virus might alter your security settings, for example, or a failing hard drive might start making funny noises. If you catch these signals… Continue reading “Five signs your laptop is in trouble—and how to fix them”