MIT Study Says Mars One Colonists Would Starve (Among Other Things)

Mars One may have taken us by surprise when the non-profit organization boldly announced that it would put colonists on Mars in the 2020s. We were even more amazed when legions of amateur astronauts signed up for a one-way ticket to the red rock. However, MIT students believe the effort, in its current form, is doomed… » 10/12/14 1:43pm 10/12/14 1:43pm

Popular Science has turned off comments. Here's why that's a bad idea.

Citing research on the general awfulness of internet commenters, Popular Science has decided to do away with its comments. Over at Boundary Vision, University of Calgary science education researcher Marie-Claire Shanahan offers clear, compelling reasons why she disagrees with this decision.
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Are popular scientists becoming modern day preachers?

There's a really grumbly post over at The Guardian by Eliane Glaser in which she complains about all the flowery and hyperbolic language being used by so many high profile scientists today. But more than that, Glaser is claiming that these popularizers of science, many of whom are avowed atheists, are using the… » 3/04/13 6:30am 3/04/13 6:30am

How materials scientists are about to change the very fabric of the world

Over at Popular Science, there is a terrific collection of short articles about the future of materials science — sometimes called nanotechnology — that you absolutely must read if you want to understand where technology is heading. Often neglected in gee-whiz tales of the future, materials science is nevertheless… » 11/16/12 3:23pm 11/16/12 3:23pm

The greatest breakthroughs in scarecrow technology of the 1930s

Since time immemorial, humankind has tirelessly attempted to perfect that ominous barnyard manikin, the scarecrow. And if these news reports from the 1930s are any indicator, that decade was a particularly febrile time for anti-corvid homunculi. The following anecdotes come to us from British Pathe (above) and old… » 7/15/12 2:05pm 7/15/12 2:05pm

Corporate America Predicts the Future at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair

"What'll It Be Like in 2000 A.D.?" asked Popular Science in its April 1962 preview of the marvels to be found at the Seattle World's Fair, which opened that month. First up on Popular Science's tour of the future was the Standard Oil diorama. Not surprisingly it featured a host of gas-guzzling vehicles for land and… » 3/06/08 12:54pm 3/06/08 12:54pm