- The numbers show just how devastatingly dry the Western US is right now
Western states efforts struggle to deal with the longest dry streak since 800 A.D and its effects on snowpacks, topsoil, and reservoirs.
- US farmers can help in the battle for climate resiliency. A massive bill highlights how.
Popular Farm Bill programs that invest in sustainable agriculture are struggling to meet demand.
- Sex and gender binaries don’t tell the entire story of life
In ‘Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex,’ PopSci executive editor Rachel Feltman shows why biology doesn’t define us.
- Uber’s latest goals involve more delivery and more EVs
Here are all the new features the company announced at this year’s Go/Get event.
- By combining screams, chimps seem to know 400 ‘words’
In more than 900 hours of recordings from wild chimpanzees, researchers heard hundreds of unique phrases that could resemble a language.
- How to use candles and incense sustainably
From wax waste to essential oil sourcing, aromatherapy is fraught with sustainability questions.
- A new AT&T update could make 911 calls more effective
Here’s how the carrier’s new location tech works when a mobile phone connects with emergency services, and how it compares to the competition.
- How to tell if your makeup, shampoo, or sunscreen has gone bad
Some old cosmetics are surprisingly risky, while others you can hang onto for years.
- Best Bose soundbars of 2022
Bose’s premium soundbar systems bring big sound to tight spaces.
- Chien-Shiung Wu’s work defied the laws of physics
Now regarded as the ‘first lady of physics,’ the Manhattan Project scientist was often not treated as a peer among her collaborators.
- Keep your video calls private, whether you’re working or not
Online safety practices apply to Zoom meetings and Skype calls, too.
- Score a lifetime subscription to MS Office and 3 finance courses for only $60
The ideal finance professional starter pack is here.
- From the archives: The discovery of electrons breaks open the subatomic era
In the August 1901 issue of Popular Science, physicist J. J. Thomson excitedly detailed his methods for discovering the electron.
- Swappable batteries can help spur electric scooter use across the globe
One company is expanding to Italy, and another to Israel.
- This wild salmon hybrid is raising concerns in Canada
A recent study looks at the potential consequences of the chinook-coho hybrid, first was noticed in 2019.
- Why ‘rooftop wind’ simply can’t compete with rooftop solar
Our roofs may not be breezy enough to make a difference.
- The souped-up Large Hadron Collider is back to take on its weightiest questions yet
What happens where the LHC’s beams meet tells us how the universe works.
- Anyone can be a streamer. Here’s how to start.
Fame may be just a click away.
- This top-rated app offers brain training exercises, and it’s on sale
Train your brain.
- Environmental groups blame the EPA for more than 1,000 dead manatees
A federal lawsuit alleges that poor water quality in Florida is harming manatees and other species.
- These laser scans show how fires have changed Yosemite’s forests
Aerial LIDAR scans make it easy to see the difference between a fire-resistant forest and one where fire has been suppressed.
- Best Samsung laptops of 2022
Samsung has conquered smartphones. Are laptops next?
- How to share photos without blasting them all over the internet
Show off cute baby pics without losing your privacy.
- Save $50 on your way to Margaritaville with Ninja blenders from Amazon
Act fast before this deal becomes like that lost shaker of salt.
- Score secure cloud storage for life with a subscription to this service
When it comes to storage, less is never more.
- Inside the Pentagon’s quest to help create cheap drones for soldiers
The DOD has been working on catalyzing the market to produce inexpensive drones the military can securely use. Here’s how.
- At US hospitals, a drug mix-up is just a few keystrokes away
Automated medication dispensing systems should be updated.
- Don’t miss this weekend’s total lunar eclipse
The ‘super flower blood moon’ will go on for hours.
- Save $330 on the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ from Best Buy
It’s a tablet, it’s a laptop, it’s the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ … and it’s a great deal.
- We’re sorry to report that NFTs are coming to Instagram
But if you’re wondering what it all means, here’s a simple explainer about the tech.
- How to get your digital assistant to stop yelling at you in public
Snitches get stitches.
- Helen Thompson Woolley showed biology does not define gender
Woolley was one of the first to challenge stereotypes of what men and women were capable of.
- Saab’s latest weapon is like a high-tech bazooka
The Carl Gustaf is a type of recoilless rifle, and the weapon and the round inside of it can share information with one another. Here’s how.
- Best MIDI keyboards of 2022
Set your fingers free with the best MIDI keyboards for any budget or project.
- From the archives: When food allergies were ‘strange pranks’ for scientists to decipher
A November 1936 Popular Science article presented the available data on food allergies, albeit limited.
- Tonga’s historic volcanic eruption could help predict when tsunamis strike land
This winter, a volcano in Tonga blew its top. New pressure wave analyses reveal an explosion to rival the 19th-century Krakatau eruption.
- How Ford is trying to fix public EV charging
With so many technical issues plaguing public EV charging station networks, Ford stands out with attempts to resolve them.
- Mark Zuckerberg just showed off Meta’s next mixed-reality gadget
The “Project Cambria” device will allow for full-color passthrough tech. Here’s what that all means.
- We now have proof that plants can grow in moon dirt
In a first-of-a-kind experiment, researchers successfully germinated seeds in lunar soil from the Apollo missions.
- Lake Powell’s drought is part of a growing threat to hydropower everywhere
It’s time to assess water priorities in the American West and across the globe.
- The Human Cell Atlas is pinpointing where our bodies break down
The attempt to map every human cell is revealing previously hidden patterns.
- The $279 Sonos Ray soundbar keeps all its speakers on the front
The Sonos Ray is the cheapest and smallest soundbar in the company’s lineup.
- 3 iPod models now etched in gadget history
With the product line now discontinued, here are three iPods iterations that stood out. Remember the mini?
- The latest Google Chrome feature can make online research easier
Journeys will help you retrace your search steps.
- Gaze upon the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy
It’s the first picture of Sagittarius A*, the Milky Way’s central black hole.
- We’ve lost more than 1 million Americans to COVID
The global COVID death toll has probably passed 15 million too.
- Best mini projectors of 2022
Screen movies, share photos, and deliver presentations with these pint-size projectors.
- Researchers just woke up the eyeballs of dead donors and that’s good, actually
This research could pave the way for new therapies to treat vision loss.
- Unique gardening tools on sale that will help your plants thrive
Keep your garden looking lush.
- The resurgence of open public streets is a centuries-old idea
Nearly a century ago, a skyscraper architect designed a future city that transformed streets into outdoor gathering spaces. That idea is making a comeback.
- A casual angler’s guide to taking kids fishing for the first time
Keep it fun, safe, and simple.