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    An experienced human teacher is the best, but these gadgets can get you started.

    This tech won’t teach you Axl Rose moves, but they can help start your musical journey.

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    tangled nets suspended on crane

    The ocean is flooded with plastic.

    Plastic is everywhere, from our homes and everyday lives all the way up to the illusorily pristine Arctic. The oceans are no exception—our high seas are accumulating…

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    Teamwork is dreamwork.

    We don't generally think of fish as being super collaborative animals. But Neolamprologus obscurus—found only in a single lake in Zambia—teams up to dig burrows that…

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    woman napping on a couch

    Learn how to make any time naptime.

    Sneaking a little midday snooze feels unspeakably indulgent, whether it lasts a few minutes or a full REM cycle. But does it improve your health? We look into what…

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    The death of a pedestrian raises questions about how humans should act when robots are in control.

    A fatal Uber crash raises questions about the role of a human in a self-driving car.

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    bull terrier

    Inbred dogs are kind of doomed.

    Bull terrier owners might feel some sense of relief upon hearing that a team of international researchers have identified a genetic mutation behind lethal…

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    The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 43.

    Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are ingenious or clever or ridiculously cheap.

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    Traveling through the blood-brain barrier is difficult.

    The infectious bacteria that infiltrate our sinuses can—VERY RARELY—make its way to the brain. Because the sinuses are so close to the brain, on rare occasions an…

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    It's stacked against most of the world.

    IQ tests measure your ability to perform well on one particular type of test. But research shows that everything from healthcare access to GDP can influence a child's…

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    south pole jupiter

    Our solar system's largest planet is a master of disguise.

    Yes, Jupiter is gorgeous, but it’s also a master of disguise. Here at Popular Science we’re always awed by the beautiful images of the largest planet in the solar…

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    Neato robot vacuum

    Stay on top of household chores.

    As spring rolls around, our hearts turn to...cleaning. For spring or all year round, these gadgets and apps will help you tidy.

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    From the December '67 issue: 'TV's Star Trek: How they mix science fact with fiction.'

    You're ready to believe that the fantastic adventures of television's popular spacemen will be possible in 200 years, for their "science" is a logical projection of…

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    Last week in tech ketchup

    Also, be sure to check out the latest episode of our podcast.

    Catch up on the big tech news from this week including Facebook's data scandal and a fatal self-driving car accident.

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    supernova

    Basically just a cosmic cocoon.

    It appeared as a flash of light on the arm of a distant spiral galaxy. It outshone neighboring stars, an attention-grabbing display of brilliance that peaked after 2.2…

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    seal

    Why size matters in the ocean.

    Conventional wisdom holds that whales got so big simply because they could. Water makes you buoyant and the oceans are big, and that lack of constraint seems to have…

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    Video calling

    Across five of the most popular apps.

    Video-calling smartphone apps let you share your face with with anyone, anywhere. These 10 tips will improve your calls on FaceTime, Skype, Duo, and other apps.

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    Zebras are more trustworthy

    African herbivores stay one step ahead of predators by eavesdropping on other species’ alarm calls.

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    Apple iPad for education

    Not much in the way of new hardware at Apple's education event.

    Right now, Google and its army of Chromebooks is winning the hardware game in U.S. schools. Its market share hovers around 60 percent, thanks in large part to its…

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    cute rat

    We could use their unique talents to develop better chemo drugs.

    Consider, if you will, a repulsive case of food poisoning. You may try to hold it in, but at some point you’re gonna spew. But not every species is that lucky—and one…

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    Huawei P20 Pro Smartphone camera

    It sounds like a gimmick, but each one actually plays a specific role

    Three cameras team up for Huawei's high-end smartphone camera.

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