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EVs are silent and soulless, so BMW tapped Hans Zimmer to give them a voice

BMW To many automotive enthusiasts, electric cars have an unfortunate stigma of being soulless. Their eco-friendly branding and quiet operating volume can make even the most high-performance EVs seem more like a refrigerator on wheels than a fierce track weapon. To combat this, automakers are turning to Hollywood to help dial-in the ideal sound of...

Roads and highways disrupt bee pollination

The planet is sliced into pieces by millions of miles of roads, which have, unsurprisingly, caused some problems for the nonhuman, non-drivers among us. The ecological impacts of roads are vast, from habitat fragmentation to direct traffic collisions with wildlife (AKA “roadkill”). One understudied relationship is how roads affect insects, and pollinators...

Brew better joe at home with this highly-rated single-serve coffee maker

Stack Commerce The National Coffee Association reports that over 60 percent of Americans consume coffee on a daily basis. That’s a whole lot of people relying on caffeine to make them functional human beings every morning.  If you’re a regular coffee drinker, you’re probably tired of hearing how owning a coffee maker is more cost effective than...

Best yoga mats: We’re laying out the choices for your best home workouts

Katie Bush, Unsplash Do you love working out in the comfort of your own home, to start the day with a sun salutation series? If so, you may need your very own yoga mat or to upgrade an old one. Whether you’re a pilates, barre, yoga, [insert your favorite low-impact workout here] fan, a yoga mat is on that list of essential equipment. Some people may...

Dam reservoirs may be much bigger sources of carbon emissions than we thought

Jacek Dylag/Unsplash Dams were once thought to sequester carbon in the sediment that piled up in their reservoirs. But new research based on 30 years’ worth of data, suggests they may release potentially huge amounts of carbon, and the problem may only be getting worse. “Carbon emissions from dams had been significantly underestimated,” wrote...

It’s time to delete most of your apps

Anastasia Gepp via Pixabay This story has been updated. It was first published in June, 2019. “This is a catastrophe,” my wife said—slightly horrified—as she swiped through page after page of apps on my phone. “Why do you even have most of these?” It’s a good question. It’s hard to believe that just 13 years ago, the App Store icon showed...

The best ice cream maker lets you put a new delicious spin on dessert

@nassimo, Unsplash It’s hard not to love ice cream, whether it’s full-strength or dairy-free. After all, it’s a nearly timeless treat: it dates back to at least 550 BCE when ancient Persians were known to whip up milk, fruit syrup and snow-chilled honey confections in their pioneering walk-in freezers. In 1843, Nancy Johnson of Philadelphia patented...

Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks—but there’s a catch

Click here to see all of PopSci’s COVID-19 coverage. It’s news that many Americans have long been waiting for: The CDC announced today that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19—that’s two weeks after either the one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot or the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna shots—no longer need to wear masks in most...

Cats love sitting in boxes so much they’ll even sit in fake ones

Sahand Babli/Unsplash Not all scientific research can be serious, impactful work. Some of it is just for the sake of knowledge. And it was in the pursuit of knowledge that a cat named Stinky Valium was presented with three potential spots to sit. His options: a square outline, an illusory “square” made of four Pac-Man-like shapes, and the same...

14 tricks to get more out of the underrated Apple Maps app

CardMapr.nl / Unsplash This story has been updated. It was originally published October 7, 2019. Apple Maps has traditionally gotten a bad rap in comparison with Google Maps. But in many respects, Apple’s in-house mapping system has grown to be just as good as its competition. Whether you’re using the app on iOS or macOS, we’ve rounded up some...

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