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    two women holding a block of ice

    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 PopSci’s newest podcast.

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  • 10/03/18--13:51: Mouser Electronics
  • Generation Robot: Friend Request

    Robotics expert Grant Imahara visits San Francisco to meet with a company that is breaking the stereotypes of robots, and using AI to do it.

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    And it could help prove the existence of Planet Nine.

    There’s a lot more going on in our solar system than just the eight (or maybe nine) planets you learned about in school.

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    trevor bauer

    Physicists and Trevor Bauer on how to invent a whole new slider.

    Standing on the mound, a major league baseball pitcher has 60 feet and 6 inches of air to get each pitch to sizzle before it crosses the plate. But it’s their arsenal of…

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    Social apps

    Alternative apps to help you ditch the Facebook ecosystem.

    If you delete your Facebook account, you might also want to ditch the other apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, that the tech giant owns. Here's how to replace…

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    Here's the new stuff your computer can do.

    Your computer will finally wait until you're not working to force a restart and update.

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    Spanish flu gurney patient ambulance public health medical response

    Here's what we can learn.

    The 1918 Spanish influenza is often billed as the “forgotten flu.” But really, what flu isn’t forgotten?

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    Tencent Clap Xi

    The most ambitious project of mass control is the country's “social credit” system. All Chinese citizens will receive a numerical score reflecting their “trustworthiness."

    The following is an adapted essay from the book LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media, by P.W. Singer and Emerson Brooking, HMH Oct. 2, 2018. More at…

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    Storms cause flooding, but green infrastructure can help homeowners stay afloat.

    Green infrastructure protects public health and helps the environment in the face of extreme weather events.

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    Curiosity rover on Mars

    It's having memory issues.

    The past few months have been pretty rough on NASA’s Mars rovers. Opportunity is still not responding to NASA’s frequent missives.

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    news

    We should take a lesson from it.

    MIT is working on an AI that can evaluate how biased websites are, and how factually accurate they are.

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    two glasses of bubbly water with sliced lemons and limes in and around the glasses

    Your LaCroix can’t kill cockroaches. Or you.

    A new lawsuit argues LaCroix is lying about what goes in its bubbly flavored water. It’s far from an airtight case.

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  • 10/05/18--05:00: Do I have a cold or the flu?
  • One infectious illness comes on slow, the other hits you like a truck.

    Cooler air also signals the start of the inevitable cold and flu seasons that run rampant through close-packed classrooms, and circulate back out to parents and…

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    man shaking coins out of piggy bank

    Clever ways to take control of your spending.

    Sticking to a budget is hard...because it’s just so boring. To help curb your spending, we collected a few offbeat tricks to keep you on track.

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    A baby killer whale leaps over its mother killer whale.

    The EPA banned PCBs 40 years ago, but they're not going anywhere.

    A family of chemicals banned more than 30 years ago is still making it difficult for killer whales around the world to have babies.

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    Man walks on the moon

    One small step for a man and his camera, one giant leap for photography.

    Beautiful frames from the Project Apollo Archive.

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    YouTube miniplayer user tablet viewing

    On multi-tasking and the possible death of tabs.

    YouTube's new mini-player is likely to be a huge hit with viewers. But it could have surprising consequences.

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    Mascot

    MASCOT had one job, and it did great!

    MASCOT, a decidedly not-alive asteroid-landing robot, got 17 hours of existence—longer than planned, but still incredibly brief.

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    A planet with satellites crosses in front of its star.

    If aliens love satellites as much as we do, we might be able to spot them

    Researchers have long searched for signs of alien civilizations among the stars. Now, better telescopes are letting them take a look at planets.

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    Mercedes Silver Arrow

    The list includes an all-electric muscle car.

    The entries range from sleek to adorable.

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