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The unbelievably gross things that we regularly eat by accident

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 persists: Humans unknowingly gulp down all manner of disgusting detritus each day, from random animal parts during lunch to their…


The Best Gaming Chairs of 2022

Table of Contents What to Look for in a Gaming Chair in 2022Best Gaming Chair Overall: Secretlab Titan Evo 2022Best Budget Gaming Chair: Hbada Gaming ChairBest Big and Tall Gaming Chair: Thermaltake X-ComfortBest Ergonomic Gaming Chair: Secretlab Omega (2020)Best Gaming Chair with Footrest: RESPAWN RSP-110Best Gaming Recliner: RESPAWN RSP-900 What to Look for in a Gaming Chair in 2022 Gaming chairs and office chairs have a lot in common when it comes to finding a good one. It’s just that you…


From the archives: The germ theory of disease breaks through

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 then, as Popular Science reported in September 1883, getting sick was attributed to everything from evil spirits to “impurities of…


Smartwatches track sanitation workers’ every move in India

This article was originally featured on Undark. Munesh sits by the roadside near a crowded market in Chandigarh, a city in India’s north, on a January day. She is flanked by several other women, all of them sweepers hired by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. She shows the smartwatch she is wearing and says, “See, I didn’t even touch it, but the camera has turned on.” Munesh, who estimates she is in her 40s and, like many Indians, goes by just…


The pros and cons of finally getting an edit button on Twitter

Presuming that Elon Musk’s bid to buy Twitter totally goes through, things look set to get a bit more chaotic for the world’s 15th most popular social network. With Musk declaring himself a “free speech absolutist” (despite plenty of evidence to the contrary), promising to defeat spambots, verify all real humans, and fix Twitter’s problems (at least as he sees them), a lot could change quite quickly.  One big feature he’s trial-ballooned with a poll on Twitter is something that…


The Chip Shortage Has Gone from Bad to Worse | Now There Aren’t Enough Chips to Power Chipmaking Machines

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

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 the first to film hot lava at close range. In April 1933, Popular Science published the dramatic account of scientific…


Climate change could introduce humans to thousands of new viruses

In 2013, a toddler was playing under a hollow tree in rural Guinea that happened to be occupied by bats carrying Ebola. The boy contracted the disease and died, becoming patient zero in an epidemic that killed close to 10,000 people. In 2003, a betacoronavirus, SARS, managed to hop from bats in China’s Yunnan Province to the city of Guangzhou. And to the best of our knowledge, sometime in 2019, a bat gave a different betacoronavirus to a wild mammal,…


Before they grow into splendor, flamingos are just awkward floofs

Excerpt and photographs from Flamingo by Claudio Contreras Koob. Copyright © 2022 by Claudio Contreras Koob. Reprinted by permission of teNeues. As spring draws to a close, the long wait finally ends with the birth of thousands of flamingos. To document this sensitive process, I had to approach the sandy islet where the birds had settled in complete darkness. From the shore, the murmur of the colony was barely audible, but loud enough for me to estimate that the population…


Amazon Fire TV devices are up to 42-percent off right now

There’s a lot of great content out there on the internet to stream right now. The Batman is on HBO Max and we’ll soon get a brand new season of Stranger Things from Netflix. And if you haven’t checked out Craig Robinson in the surprisingly wonderful Peacock original Killing It yet, then you’re really missing out. Amazon’s Fire TV devices act as a gateway to all that great content and the online retail mega-titan is offering up to 42-percent off…


Feeling hot? Try these eco-friendly tips for cooling down.

About 75 percent of households in the United States have air conditioners, which use approximately six percent of all the electricity produced nationwide. As the planet gets hotter due to global warming, air conditioner sales are expected to increase significantly. However, a future that relies on air conditioning is unsustainable.  Using more and more AC may contribute to a “positive feedback loop” with climate change. Air conditioners consume large amounts of electricity, which primarily relies on fossil fuels to generate…


How to Use Google Photos as a Screen Saver on Android

While screen savers may not be as useful on a phone as they are on a PC, Android phones have had them for a very long time. You can use this to turn your phone into a Google Photos digital photo frame. People love the digital photo frame feature on Nest Hubs, but you can do something very similar with any Android device. All you need is the Google Photos app on your device and some albums to display. RELATED:…