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Will drones pull rain from desert clouds?

Aviation A test flight of a drone brings an unmanned cloud seeding tool one step closer. A test flight of a drone brings an unmanned cloud seeding tool one step closer.

On the origin of ice trays

Gadgets That cube in your cocktail is a product of evolution. That cube in your cocktail is a product of evolution.

Watch scientists train bees to play with tiny soccer balls

Animals The study shows that bees can adapt to really weird circumstances Here's the buzz: bees are brilliant.

McDonalds' fancy new straw doesn't suck

Science And that's the problem We tested out McDonalds' crazy new straw. It's got some issues.

NASA wants the internet to get hype about these new exoplanets

Space You can basically read fanfiction about them On Wednesday, NASA announced the discovery of seven "Earthlike" planets orbiting a nearby star.

Meet China's triple-hulled warship of the future

From Our Blogs: Eastern Arsenal A trimaran vessel with all-electric propulsion, multiple helicopters, and anti-ship missiles.

How to protect your smartphone's lock screen

DIY Are you revealing more than you need to? Your phone's lock screen is intended to keep unwelcome visitors out of your phone, but sometimes they still tease out personal information.

That giant crack in Antarctica just keeps getting bigger

Environment It's a matter of weeks before a Delaware-sized iceberg hits the high seas The Delaware-sized Larsen C glacier is set to break off of the Antarctic ice shelf any day now.

Taking manatees off the endangered species list doesn't mean we should stop protecting them

Animals Come for the sea cow pictures, stay for the environmental policy The fightin’ sea cows are making a comeback.

This tiny camera could give drones predator vision

Science It can be 3D printed in just one step A 3D-printed multi-lense camera can see stuff as eagles do.

What makes a popular citizen science study?

Science Book Excerpt: Power Play: How video games can save the world One of the most successful examples of citizen science is Lab in the Wild, an experimental platform for conducting online behavioral experiments…

Will artificial intelligence ever actually match up to the human brain?

Technology Most of today’s AI is designed to solve specific problems Artificial intelligence can solve many problems, but it won’t replicate the human brain anytime soon.

This one simple trick predicts when an ice age will pause

Environment And it all started with an e-mail Researchers are trying to understand interglacials—the pauses that occur between ice ages.

What the Pop Sci folks are reading right now

Gadgets Should we start a book club? From Sci Fi to Toni Morrison, these are the books we're reading now.

What pregnant women actually need to know about herpes

Health A reported link between herpes and autism isn't as scary as it sounds A new study reports a link between herpes and autism.

An adjustable coffee grinder for 81 percent off? I'd buy it.

Gadgets Grind for any machine for only $9 bucks. An adjustable coffee grinder for 81 percent off? I'd buy it.

A whopping seven Earth-size planets were just found orbiting a nearby star

Space Three of them may be habitable Scientists have hit the jackpot, discovering seven Earth-size exoplanets orbiting a star just 39 light-years away.

Cat poop parasites don't actually make you psychotic

Animals Correlation and causation get mixed up again Cat owners can sleep easy tonight. Well, maybe they can’t if their cat likes to wake them up at 4am by gently clawing their cheeks, but they can at least put their minds…

Play console video games on your computer

DIY And take your gaming anywhere Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles can stream games to a laptop or desktop over the web.

Middle Eastern seed bank re-deposits backups into Svalbard's doomsday vault

Environment Just two years after tumultuous withdrawal Today, 49,000 varieties of crops including cabbages, wheat, lentils, sweet peas, and many other important agricultural crops will be wheeled into a vault in a…