Featured by Tom McNamara
What is the ‘red glare’ in the Star Spangled Banner?
A history of rocket technology.
Here’s the real story behind Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’
In 1961, the sooty shearwater invaded California. It took 50 years for scientists to figure out why.
How a 19-year-old lion fathered 35 cubs in 18 months
The story of Frasier the Sensuous Lion—and a few other WILD LIVES.
This ancient optical illusion is a 14,000-year-old puzzle
It works just like the classic rabbit-duck figure.
Is it possible to eat so much that your stomach explodes?
An ode to the mighty stomach.
Super rodents, atomic math, and Marilyn Monroe: everything you need to know about moles
The latest installment of PopSci's Experimentals video series.
How to send messages 10,000 years into the future
Linguists, designers, and scientists are scheming up ways to break a language barrier that doesn’t exist (yet).
‘The Martian’ author Andy Weir answers your questions about Mars
His favorite astronaut, his most beloved fictional space explorer, and the discoveries that would have changed the plot of 'The Martian.'
What if hibernating animals formed an orchestra and performed a symphony about their winter’s sleep?
Well, they did—sort of.
60 years ago today, a Soviet street dog became the first animal to orbit Earth
Sputnik-2 or: Laika, our hero