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What Lies Beneath
“WE DESCEND SLOWLY, the noise and busyness of the outside, and the light of day, dims behind us,” says Zachary Klukkert, making the scene at the mouth of the foreboding Vintany cave sound calm, almost meditative. At about 83°F, the waters are indeed
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Does Playing Devil’s Advocate Help?
THE DEVIL found his first advocate in the church. In 1587, Pope Sixtus V established the role of Advocatus Diaboli, a Vatican official whose job was to combat any biases the pontiff might hold when advancing a candidate for sainthood. The Advocatus D
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Flirting With The Assassin
IN THE NORTHWESTERN outskirts of Visalia in Tulare County, California, Bryan Ruiz drives down a familiar dirt road that cuts through farmland. He comes up to an irrigation pipe that’s created a “pretty nasty” situation—a small patch of vegetation and
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Sensory Dispensers
SURE, YOU COULD strap into a wing suit and hurl yourself off a cliff to feel an adrenaline rush. But why risk your limbs when you could build a VR rig and get all the excitement with none of the getting crushed into a ball of smashed bones and organs
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How Do You Navigate The Globe Without A Compass?
THE MOST IMPORTANT moments of a day on Hōkūle‘a, a 62-foot-long deep-sea canoe, are sunrise and sunset. That’s when the navigator can know for sure where the sailboat is headed. In between, the swell—the direction of the waves—helps hold course, but
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Which Deadly Dishes Do We Love?
GENERALLY SPEAKING, humans will try to eat anything at least once. Some anthropologists theorize that prehistoric people sussed out what was edible by trial and error, but we haven’t stopped pushing our palates in new, sometimes dangerous directions.
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What Are The Most Extreme Thrill Rides?
WHEN ACTION PARK first opened its gates on a New Jersey ski mountain in 1978, people probably showed up expecting run-of-the-mill amusements: go-karts, a lazy river, maybe a casual wave pool or two. But the 2,700-foot Alpine Slide, a track made of co
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How (not) To Build Your Own Scuba Gear
WHEN POPULAR SCIENCE associate editor Herb Pfister offered up instructions for do-it-yourself scuba gear in 1953, exploring the deep sea for fun was such a new idea that the acronym SCUBA—self-contained underwater breathing apparatus—was only a year
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Jump Or Die
BROKEN ASPHALT scars the parking lot between the buildings of the abandoned Gladstone School in Pittsburgh. Concrete staircases sit unused. Rusted iron fencing encircles the recess yard. Graffiti covers brick walls. Even the sky, as if understanding
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What Is An Adrenaline Rush?
YOU’VE PROBABLY felt it at some point in life: a flushed face, a thumping heart, and a coating of sweat on your palms. That intense sensation, aka an adrenaline rush, is triggered by stress, nervousness, or excitement, whether you’re talking to a cru
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Why Do We Love Watching People Defy Death?
DAN BLOCK has an easy charm and a twinkle in his eye—a natural charisma that would surely serve him in all manner of glamorous professions. That makes it all the more jarring to see him stick a power drill up his nose in front of a cringing crowd of
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Film Gnar
WHETHER YOU’RE trying to free solo Half Dome or huck off the sketchy ramp you built in your backyard, you need video evidence of your exploits. Without footage to share on the web, then it might as well have never even happened, right? There’s no sho
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Fringe Benefits
WE HUMANS have an outsize influence on this planet, and our winged, finned, and four-legged neighbors are feeling the pinch. Many animals have died out in response to the pressures and blights imposed by our species, but some survivors are adapting.
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Flip The Script
IT HAD BEEN a good day for Leslie McMichael, who was pretending to be Jessica Alba, who was pretending to be a superhuman. McMichael was Alba’s stunt double on the set of the TV series Dark Angel, an early-2000s show about a person who’s been genetic
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How Scary Are Spacewalks?
TO ALEXEI LEONOV, the colors in space were much more beautiful than those on Earth. No photograph could match what the late Russian cosmonaut experienced while floating hundreds of miles above his home planet in 1965: the distant curve of blue suspen
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Favor The Bold
I’VE ALWAYS BEEN a pretty risk-averse person. That’s not to say I don’t love a little rush. I ride roller coasters, cannonball into lakes, and lick mustard off my unsanitized fingers while eating dirty-water dogs from New York City street carts. But
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Thin Ice
CLIMATE SCIENTISTS often consider Svalbard a hotspot of global warming. Since the 1990s, Earth’s average temperature has increased by less than 1°C, but the average winter on the frosty archipelago sandwiched between mainland Norway and the North Pol
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Boundary Pusher
TYPICAL WHEELCHAIRS aren’t meant to tackle ground much gnarlier than a sidewalk’s cut curb or a paved parking lot. That’s why Massachusetts-based Grit Wheelchairs decided to create a rugged, all-terrain model that would traverse trails as handily as
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The Daredevil Issue
Editor-in-Chief Corinne Iozzio Design Director Russ Smith Executive Editor Rachel Feltman Managing Editor, PopSci+ Jean McKenna Deputy Editor Purbita Saha Managing Editor, PopSci.com Marina Galperina DIY Editor John Kennedy Technology Editor Rob Verg
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Should Participation Trophies Even Exist?
AT THE END of many sports tournaments and spelling bees, all the contestants are honored for their effort—even the kid who sat in the outfield picking dandelions or got tongue-tied at the mic. But in a world where not everyone can be a winner, does g
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Will The US Ever Ditch Coins?
ON ANY GIVEN WEEKDAY, the United States Mint can churn out almost 126.4 million pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, 50-cent pieces, and gold dollars from its presses in Denver and Philadelphia. Giant “cookie cutters” punch blanks out of 1,500-foot-lon
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Current Affair
ONE OF technology’s greatest inventions began with a dispute between two Italians over frog legs. In 1800, scientists the world over were fascinated by electricity. Practical applications, however, were elusive, mainly because no one could figure out
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Could Plant-based ‘Cyborgs’ Help Prevent Environmental Disaster?
WHEN ILLUMINATED by magenta and blue grow lights, Harpreet Sareen’s mini greenhouse looks like almost any other indoor gardening setup in New York City. But when the interaction designer switches the bulbs off to pitch the lab into darkness, a soft r
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A Hard Place
SHORTLY AFTER 1 a.m. on February 8, 1969, a bluish-white fireball streaked across the sky above the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico. A meteor getting sucked into Earth’s gravity had exploded in the atmosphere. Scorched rocks rained ove
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It’s In The Can
THE ENGINEERS in bunny suits, hairnets, and masks stand around a vertical white dish about 6 feet tall—their clean-room attire preventing any biological sloughing from contaminating the equipment. From the dish’s edges, articulated black arms extend
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Bottle Battle
IF YOU need proof that a single-walled container can’t keep a drink cool, just look to the humble aluminum can, which lets your soda get lukewarm before the burgers need flipping. Dual-walled stainless-steel bottles trap a pocket of air between their
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Why Do People Still Wear Braces?
WE’VE BEEN using metal to fine-tune our smiles since ancient times. In Egypt, archaeologists have found evidence of gold wires attached to teeth dating from as early as 2500 BCE. But it wasn’t until the 19th and early 20th centuries that orthodontic
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State Of Mine
DEEP WITHIN the Salmon-Challis National Forest of central Idaho, the remnants of the Blackbird Mine lie among 830 acres of steep-walled canyons thick with soaring conifers. Dirt roads slash through patches of forest, and a 12-acre open pit, roughly t
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The Metal Issue
Editor-in-Chief Corinne Iozzio Design Director Russ Smith Executive Editor Rachel Feltman Managing Editor, PopSci+ Jean McKenna Deputy Editor Purbita Saha Managing Editor, PopSci.com Marina Galperina DIY Editor John Kennedy Technology Editor Rob Verg
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Power Chords
TO THE UNINITIATED, metal music—especially its more extreme forms like death metal and grindcore—sounds like a melody penned by an angry caveman. It’s punishing, chaotic, brutal, aggressive, cacophonous. But as with the concept of “caveman” itself, r
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