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    It's 2018 and UX designers know us better than we know ourselves.

    Using Instagram feels increasingly terrible. But the numbers suggest the app is performing better than ever. What gives?

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    a pattern of colorful lego blocks

    The worst toys to step on may yet be redeemed.

    Lego blocks destroy the feet of parents around the world, but as a new study demonstrates, these mutable children’s toys can also be used for good.

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    grocery shopping

    Vermonters seem less averse to bioengineered food once it's identified.

    America has never had GMO labels, and so all experts could do was make educated guesses based on polling data. But now we finally have some hints—thanks to the good…

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    iOS 12

    Don't wait until September.

    Apple's next-generation mobile operating system, iOS 12, won't roll out to everyone until the fall. But you can already access a lot of its features right now.

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    This barbecue season, try cooking with koji.

    For the past two years, the Japanese culinary fungus koji has been colonizing the menus of America's top foodie establishments. Here's how you can use it to create a…

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    a young girl drinking water outside

    Toxic chemicals common on military bases are especially dangerous for children.

    And as the Department of Defense begins housing detainees on military bases, the children could face yet another health risk: contaminated drinking water.

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    stack of green books

    Arsenic and old manuscripts.

    We found that three rare books in the University of Southern Denmark’s library collection contain large concentrations of arsenic on their covers.

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    Kindle in sink

    Can your device withstand a dip in the pool? That depends.

    Waterproof, weather-resistant, splash-proof, weather-proof, and all the other buzzwords that describe your liquid-friendly devices.

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    bright multicolored stars against black background

    Cyborgs, and interstellar probes and AI, oh my

    SETI researchers are casting a wide net, tracking down as many promising leads as they can. But one thing they’ve started to realize is that if a civilization from…

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    lockheed martin adaptive exoskeleton kneeling

    The technology has been long-anticipated by military commanders.

    A raft of newly developed exoskeletons is starting to meet the slimmed-down, stealth requirements of today’s troop commanders. They see these power-assisting suits as…

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    the great blue hole

    Belize shows that a little local action can go a long way.

    Coral reefs are a boon to biodiversity and marine ecology, and their declining health threatens our oceans with a loss of life that’s hardly comprehensible.

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    man running on street

    New data shows just how few of us are meeting the recommended guidelines.

    We all already know that America, as a country, is pretty inactive. Not nearly enough of us exercise nearly as often as we should.

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    Dermatologists say to shave in the shower.

    Want to get a good shave without hurting your skin? We asked dermatologists for their tips.

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    Next generation solar technology could drive down the cost of scrubbing salt from seawater.

    New solar thermal desalination techniques are making it a whole lot cheaper to scrub the salt from seawater.

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    The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 49.

    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.

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    Lumber wood mistakes

    We measure wood in a weird way.

    Turns out, numbers actually do lie. Two-by-fours are actually 1.5-by-3.5s.

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    A woman texting in a virtual reality experiment.

    Scientists say, probably not.

    Distracted walking might not seem as dangerous as distracted driving, but could be a factor in the surge of pedestrian deaths and injuries seen over the last four…

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    map of world with yellow and blue dots on it.

    An ‘Oumuamua by any other name would still be as fascinating.

    Wait, what’s the difference between a comet and an asteroid?

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    Nuro

    The vehicles will take part in a pilot program with Kroger in the fall.

    In the fall, little robot cars will take part in a pilot program with Kroger to deliver groceries autonomously.

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    an illustration of a planet

    Life needs a stable climate.

    Why do we have seasons on Earth? The planet’s axial tilt, of course. But the tilt does more than just push us from spring, to summer, to fall, to winter.

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