David Grossman

David Grossman

David Grossman is a staff writer for PopularMechanics.com. He's previously written for The Verge, Rolling Stone, The New Republic and several other publications. He's based out of Brooklyn.

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NASA's Robotic Worm Could Someday Climb Alien Ice Spikes

The ice-climbing bot can go places humans can't.

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This Foldable Drone Is a Flying Transformer

It's a superpower that could let it explore disaster sites with ease.

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Here's Why Scientists Were Saying the Hawaiian Kilauea Volcano Eruption Was "Unprecedented"

Kīlauea's eruption was the worst the United States has seen since Mount St. Helens.

Climate Change Turning Pufferfish into Mutant Hybrids

Warmer waters mean an unusual mating season.

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Voyager 2 Enters Interstellar Space

After 41 years, NASA's longest-running mission joins its sibling in the great unknown.

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Here Are the First Pictures from the Mars InSight Probe

After a long journey, it's time to get to work.

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Walmart Buys Over 300 Aisle-Cleaning Robots

Get ready for to share the aisles with robots.

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Scientists Envision Replacing Batteries with a Molten Silicon 'Sun in a Box'

By storing energy at scalding-hot temperatures, solar could be made more viable for everyone.

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Amazon Warehouse Bear Spray Accident Injures Dozens, One Critically

During the busiest time of year, a canister was punctured by an automated machine.

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To Survive Antarctica, Scientists Enter a Kind of 'Psychological Hibernation'

Not everyone has what it takes to work at the end of the world.

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The Weird-Looking Gribble Worm Could Hold Secrets for Cheaper Renewable Energy

Scientists are trying to convert wood into energy as efficiently as this little worm.

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The Infamous CRISPR Baby Scientist Is Missing

He Jiankui stunned the world with his announcement. Now, nobody knows where he is.

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Abandoned Coal Mines Could Be Future of Farming

So-called "deep farms" need vertical shafts close to towns. Coal mines might be just the ticket.

Monster Earthquake Rocks Anchorage, Alaska

A 7.0 quake that initially merited a now-rescinded tsunami watch.

Toyota's Remote-Control Humanoid Robot Is Uncanny

T-HR3 is designed for healthcare, not for fighting (yet).

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Cave Paintings Reveal How Ancient Humans Understood the Stars

Ancient humans appear to have understood far more than typically given credit for.

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Microsoft Selling 100,000 HoloLens to U.S Army for $479 Million

The deal is the largest for an augmented-reality device across the globe.

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New Cyborg Wrist Gives Unprecedented Motion to Amputees

Basic motion could give prosthetics new levels of flexibility.

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Google Employees Sign Protest Letter Against Secretive Chinese Search Engine

They've signed a letter in defiance of 'Project Dragonfly.'

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These Glowing Fruit Fly Heads Can Help Us Understand the Human Brain

A new ultramicroscope will help scientists get up close with the tiny animals that are practically built for scientific research.

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Chinese Researcher Claims to Have Used CRISPR to Genetically Alter Twins

If confirmed, the procedure would represent a new breakthrough in CRISPR technology.

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Studying Bees Could Make Drones Turn Better

Their amazing aerial turns deserve respect, scientists say.

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VR Not Goofy Enough For You? Try VR Roller Skates

One idea on how to get a more versatile VR experience.

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Elon Musk Unexpectedly Renamed the Big Falcon Rocket 'Starship'

The eccentric SpaceX CEO made the announcement late at night, via Twitter.

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NASA Settles on a Landing Site for Its Mars 2020 Rover

The Jezero Crater offers a number of possibilities.