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The unbelievably gross things that we regularly eat by accident

Science May 7, 2022 0 Comments

This story originally appeared in the Messy issue of Popular Science. Current subscribers can access the whole digital edition here, or click here for a new subscription. THE IDEA THAT you swallow eight arachnids each night is a load of malarkey popularized by a list of random “facts” that went viral in the early days of the internet. Still, there is a reason this stomach-churning urban legend…

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What to do if you find a turtle in the road

Science May 5, 2022 0 Comments

North America is home to dozens of turtle species, from the soda can-sized bog turtle to the devastatingly handsome alligator snapping turtle. Each spring, countless turtles emerge from the sleepy winter months ready to nest, find food, and resume their more active warm-weather lifestyles. Unfortunately, these journeys toward favored habitats and ideal nesting spots often involve treacherous trips across roads. …

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Mail-order abortion medication would increase healthcare access, not risk

Science May 4, 2022 0 Comments

This article was originally featured on The Conversation. For many people, accessing abortion care can be a major challenge. Abortion services are usually only available in certain clinics with specialized equipment like ultrasounds, often requiring long-distance travel to get there. When medication abortion, or abortion with pills, was introduced to the U.S. in 2000, it offered a more accessible option to…

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From the archives: The germ theory of disease breaks through

Science May 4, 2022 0 Comments

To mark our 150th year, we’re revisiting the Popular Science stories (both hits and misses) that helped define scientific progress, understanding, and innovation—with an added hint of modern context. Explore the Notable pages and check out all our anniversary coverage here. Germs first came into focus, literally, under the microscope of Robert Koch, a doctor practicing in East Prussia in the 19th century. Until…

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5 heirloom foods that farmers want to bring back from obscurity

Science May 3, 2022 0 Comments

This story originally appeared in the Taste issue of Popular Science. Current subscribers can access the whole digital edition here, or click here for a new subscription. Bored by the uniform tastes born of modern industrialized farming, food historians, small-farm growers, and curious gourmands are resurrecting forgotten eats—once-famous crops ready for a second act. Their efforts represent a clarion call to embrace bites with flavors…

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From the archives: A 1930s adventure inside an active volcano

Science May 3, 2022 0 Comments

To mark our 150th year, we’re revisiting the Popular Science stories (both hits and misses) that helped define scientific progress, understanding, and innovation—with an added hint of modern context. Explore the Notable pages and check out all our anniversary coverage here. Despite their tragic ends at Mount Unzen in Japan in 1991, prolific volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft  were not…

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Why astronomers are blasting Earth’s location to potential intelligent aliens

Science May 1, 2022 0 Comments

This article was originally featured on The Conversation. If a person is lost in the wilderness, they have two options. They can search for civilization, or they could make themselves easy to spot by building a fire or writing HELP in big letters. For scientists interested in the question of whether intelligent aliens exist, the options are much the same.…

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Whale-monitoring robots are oceanic eavesdroppers with a mission

Science April 29, 2022 0 Comments

About 20 miles offshore from Martha’s Vineyard, a yellow robotic buoy is bobbing in place on the water. Like most data-collection buoys, this moored robot is eavesdropping on the world under the waves. But unlike most buoys, which function like floating weather stations, this one from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is listening for whales in the area in…

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Car owners: here’s when experts say you should switch to an EV

Science April 25, 2022 0 Comments

Analysis paralysis—being so overwhelmed by options you can’t pick a path—has new meaning thanks to climate change. Making the “right” choice has never been more complicated, but we’re here to help. This is Impact, a new sustainability series from PopSci. It’s become clear in recent years that electric vehicles are the future of the automobile industry—a good thing if you care about…

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