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    lava roadblock

    Photography is only a small part of volcano monitoring.

    In under two hours a fissure 492 feet wide sliced through the subdivision, forcing residents to evacuate. But for the researchers, it was time to go to back to work.

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  • 05/09/18--14:32: Is the net still neutral?
  • Net Neutrality

    Wondering if Net Neutrality is still in place? Here's your answer.

    Net Neutrality is in trouble, but it still has a fighting chance. Here are the important dates and developments about the rules that govern the internet.

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    leaning tower of pisa

    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 Pisa has kept standing through it all. New research from a European team of…

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    woman drinking red wine

    Alcohol allergies are pretty rare, but intolerance is a lot more common

    Every time I enjoy a cold hard cider, I feel nauseated. Not immediately—first comes the congestion. Then I feel woozy. Then, hours later, my stomach churns. I wanted to…

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    staying hydrated

    Four scientific tricks for temperature control.

    The weather's heating up, but don’t sweat. We have four scientific ways to cool down your body without resorting to a portable AC unit.

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    lava flow on makamae street

    Volcanoes giveth, and volcanoes taketh away.

    Last week, a new eruption sprouted in the Leilani Subdivision on the sprawling volcano’s southeast flank, with fissures popping up along a 2.5 mile stretch and lava…

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  • 05/10/18--11:24: What is a horsepower?
  • horsepower

    It's enough to power a coffeemaker or boil 2.2 gallons of water.

    The unit of horsepower can seem abstract. Where did it come from, and what exactly does it mean? We came up with a few new ways to visualize it.

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    Social Security Number Hack

    The Equifax hack exposed more than 100 million people to the worst kind of identity theft.

    You can change your stolen credit card and reclaim a bank account, but a stolen social security number is a big problem.

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    Earth lights from the atmosphere.

    A novel and unproven plan to fight climate change and feed humanity.

    An experimental approach to BECCS skips the controversy surrounding the technology and creates energy with a valuable byproduct—food.

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    aluminum

    The breakthrough is great news for your gadgets

    A new way of smelting aluminum releases oxygen, not carbon dioxide.

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    the shape of an ear on an arm

    A soldier who lost her left ear in an accident just got a handy replacement.

    Army private Shamika Burrage was lucky to survive a motor vehicle accident two years ago in Texas, but she lost her entire left ear in the process. Now a new, unorthodox…

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    confused man in pharmacy

    But here's our best advice.

    We may not know much about allergies, but gosh darn it do we have some great drugs for them. In the United States, the allergy aisle in a typical pharmacy is a veritable…

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  • 05/11/18--06:30: How to brew worm tea
  • worm tea illustration

    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.

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    social isolation

    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 becoming less lonely. There doesn’t…

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    Google Dashboard

    New features in the latest Android reflect a growing trend of people trying to separate from their devices.

    Google's new tools try to address increasing concern from smartphone users and advocacy groups.

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    a blacklegged tick on skin

    It's time to start taking precautions.

    Some parts of the forests may be tick magnets but the little suckers are pretty much everywhere…

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    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 kind of eruptive event…

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    We’re not the only species with reason to be grateful.

    On Sunday, phone lines across the world will be at their busiest—if we all remember to call our mothers. But we’re hardly the only creatures with good reason to…

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    The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 46.

    My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are ingenious or clever or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these…

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    black hole eating a star

    The ability to gather more information means we'll spend more time sifting through it.

    Astronomers are gathering an exponentially greater amount of data every day—so much that it will take years to uncover all the hidden signals buried in the archives.

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