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And other weird things we learned this week. PopSci StaffDecember 11, 2019Get to know the Pouch of Douglas.DepositPhotoWhat’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’ll have an even weirder answer if you listen to PopSci’s hit podcast. The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week hits Apple, Anchor, and…

Newly Discovered Widow Spider Lays Bright Purple Eggs

Female Phinda button spider with its purple egg sac.Photo: Wild Tomorrow FundScientists have discovered a spider living in South Africa that’s truly a sight to behold. The arachnids feature a scarlet, exclamation mark-shaped blotch on their backs, along with a white squiggle pattern that creates the vague shape of a human face, mouth agape in…

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Last June, a California college student named Matty Roberts created a Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” It called for people to converge on the secretive Air Force test facility in Nevada on September 20. “Let’s see them aliens,” Roberts wrote. The event quickly went viral; within days, hundreds…

“Sevastopol,” by Emilio Fraia

At the end of August, I received a postcard. It was a picture of the city of Sevastopol, a soulless port framed by gray buildings, a generic scene, the kind with no story to tell. The card came with a message: “Onward, champion!” Of course, Klaus had never been to Sevastopol. He’d bought the postcard…

Ozymandias’ weird talent from the comic showed up in HBO’s Watchmen

Adrian Veidt might be the smartest man in the world, but aside from his health and wealth, he’s got nothing that one could consider a classic superpower in the pages of Watchmen. But there is one point in Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ story that he quietly and cleverly exhibits one of the most fundamental…

You can buy Dark Side Rey’s switchblade lightsaber for a whopping $1,599.99

At D23, Disney unveiled a special look for Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker. The trailer features looks at the original Star Wars trilogy, the prequels, and the sequels. But perhaps most notably, it gave us a look at Rey holding a new, red lightsaber instead of her traditional blue one. Well, thanks to…

Low-Cost Airline Opens Restaurant to Prove Its Plane Food Doesn’t Suck

Much like Donald Trump's hair, Boris Johnson's hair, and people who still use the phrase "Cash me outside, how bow dah," everyone seems to have accepted that airplane food is both awful and completely beyond parody. The plastic-covered atrocity that is placed on the tray table is only slightly more edible than the life jacket…

Journey Through the Inner Workings of a PCB

Most electronics we deal with day to day are comprised of circuit boards. No surprise there, right? But how do they work? This might seem like a simple question but we’ve all been in the place where those weird green or black sheets are little slices of magic. [Teddy Tablante] at Branch Eduction put together a…