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Popular Science: Science

To save a dog breed, change it

To save a dog breed, change it

Animals I'm raising the lundehund of the future. The Norwegian lundehund has an incredible history—and has become incredibly inbred. To save it, researchers mixed it with another breed to create
What to expect from the new GMO labels we're getting in 2020

What to expect from the new GMO labels we're getting in 2020

Science Grocery stores may look a little different. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced their plan for rolling out mandatory labels for all food products containing genetically
The weirdest things we learned this week: the best dog of all time, kindles of kittens, and mushrooms eating human corpses

The weirdest things we learned this week: the best dog of all time, kindles of kittens, and mushrooms eating human corpses

Science Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts. 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
The biomechanics behind Michael Jackson’s impossible dance moves

The biomechanics behind Michael Jackson’s impossible dance moves

Science Some neurosurgeon fans decided to investigate. Before reading the rest of this article, please first stand up and try to tilt your whole body forward at a 45 degree angle. You may only
What are quantum dots, and why are we making them out of tea?

What are quantum dots, and why are we making them out of tea?

Science They're everywhere—and they can also treat cancer. They’re tiny, they reflect and absorb light in useful ways, and they’re increasingly found in our homes: quantum dots.
How scientists can be sure that Kilauea won’t turn into the next Mount St. Helens

How scientists can be sure that Kilauea won’t turn into the next Mount St. Helens

Science It's all about their chemistry. Even the largest possible explosive event from Kilauea would still be tiny compared to other volcanoes around the world, from Krakatoa to Mount St. Helens
I developed a sturdier, crisper, and yummier apple

I developed a sturdier, crisper, and yummier apple

Science Bruce Barritt wanted to create a new apple variety. This is how he tasted his way to the Cosmic Crisp. Bruce Barritt wanted to create a new apple variety. This is how he tasted his way to
How South Africa's 'Cradle of Humankind' got the title

How South Africa's 'Cradle of Humankind' got the title

Science To find fossils from humanity’s origins, these scientists must first lower themselves down a 40-foot-long cave chute. To find fossils from humanity’s origins, these scientists must first
Ancient 'made in China’ label pushes back the date of shipwreck by 100 years

Ancient 'made in China’ label pushes back the date of shipwreck by 100 years

Science Updated carbon dating techniques helped, too. An inscription on ancient shipwrecked artifacts pushes back the date of the shipwreck by 100 years.
The weirdest things we learned this week: smoke enemas, sneaky sound design, and stranded lighthouses

The weirdest things we learned this week: smoke enemas, sneaky sound design, and stranded lighthouses

Science Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts. On this week's episode of The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week, three PopSci editors go on a curiosity voyage that starts with tobacco
Yanny vs. Laurel is ‘The Dress of 2018'—but these sound experts think they can end the debate right now

Yanny vs. Laurel is ‘The Dress of 2018'—but these sound experts think they can end the debate right now

Science We asked some scientists to weigh in on this viral ear-worm. Some hear a deep rich voice saying "Laurel." Others hear a tinny voice delivering "Yanny." Which do you hear? Which is
If Kilauea's lava lake falls below the water table, the results could be explosive

If Kilauea's lava lake falls below the water table, the results could be explosive

Science Here’s how that steam-powered boom could happen. The swift and tunneling descent into the earth of a lava lake near Hawaii's erupting Kilauea volcano raises the potential of a different
Americans spend more time alone than ever—but that doesn’t mean we’re lonely

Americans spend more time alone than ever—but that doesn’t mean we’re lonely

Health But social media might not be a longterm solution. Taken together, research finds that young people in the U.S. may be more socially isolated in recent years, but are paradoxically
How to brew worm tea

How to brew worm tea

DIY For fertilizer, not drinking. Jim Shaw has been in the worm business since he was a teenager. His favorite application of the creepy crawlers: turning their droppings into worm tea.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa stays up for the same reason it leans

The Leaning Tower of Pisa stays up for the same reason it leans

Science Engineers and scientists have been fascinated by the unusual structure for half a millennium. Earthquakes, Mussolini, two hundred years of construction misadventures—the Leaning Tower of
The weirdest things we learned this week: The first celebrity diet, confused albatrosses, and delusions of death

The weirdest things we learned this week: The first celebrity diet, confused albatrosses, and delusions of death

Science Three PopSci editors share the freakiest facts they could find. What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’d have an even weirder answer if
These sea creatures create magnificent mucus nets to catch their food

These sea creatures create magnificent mucus nets to catch their food

Animals Scientists think these critters deserve their own category in recognition of this strange feeding method. Marine biologists like me used to think mucous grazing was a “catch-all” feeding
Humans are the only animals to go through teenage rebellion, but a few species come close

Humans are the only animals to go through teenage rebellion, but a few species come close

Animals Adolescence is more than a state of mind. Adolescence is more than a state of mind. Here's how a few members of the animal kingdom handle the transition to adulthood—from African
What would happen if the moon suddenly disappeared?

What would happen if the moon suddenly disappeared?

Ask Us Anything Life as we know it probably wouldn’t exist. The moon is more than just a pretty face to gaze upon at night. It helps direct our ocean currents and tides, the movement of Earth’s
We could move to another planet with a spaceship like this

We could move to another planet with a spaceship like this

Space Our best guess for what it would take to get to planets that are really, really far away. Proxima b, our nearest neighboring exoplanet, is almost 25 trillion miles away. It will take