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We finally know why we grow wisdom teeth as adults
Here’s what it’s like to drive on the moon
Satellite images of Las Vegas show just how extreme urban heat islands can get
Hubble’s largest near-infrared image helps astronomers see 10 billion years into galaxies’ past
An ocean below Earth’s crust could be key to a habitable planet
People enjoy colorful cities—even in virtual reality
UFO research is stigmatized. NASA wants to change that.
How did Mars get its gasses? A special space rock holds clues.
Alopecia patients finally have an FDA-approved hair-loss treatment
DNA from plague victims’ teeth may unravel the origin of Black Death
Remembering Monty and Rose, the Chicago shorebirds that became the face of a movement
It’s harder for kids with food allergies to catch COVID
A ‘heat dome’ is searing the US with record-breaking temperatures
See the stars from the Milky Way mapped as a dazzling rainbow
What SpaceX’s final Starbase permits could mean for Texas wildlife
Meet the mysterious, magnetic microbes dwelling in the Mariana Trench
Popping a champagne cork creates supersonic shockwaves
In NASA’s new video game, you are a telescope hunting for dark matter
Astronomers caught a potent radio burst blasting at us from a dwarf galaxy 3 billion light-years away
Moderna is testing an Omicron-specific COVID vaccine. Here’s how it’s faring.
The James Webb Space Telescope survived its first collision
This lithium-ion battery kept going (and going and going) in the extreme cold
No one knew how our blood moved—until this doctor realized the heart is a pump
Our biggest glacier problem is melting from the bottom-up
What an ancient jawbone reveals about polar bear evolution
A new rectal cancer treatment eliminated all tumors in a small group of patients
Radium was once cast as an elixir of youth. Are today’s ideas any better?
Kids’ mental health becomes part of the plea for gun control
What we know about COVID rebound so far
From labs to lookalikes: what you need to know about ‘sustainable’ diamonds
Infrared hot yoga mimics the power of the sun. But is that … good?
These are the chemical reactions that make barbecue so delicious
Volcanic eruptions are unpredictable, but these geologists cracked the code
Before evolving long necks, giraffes headbutted each other for dominance
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NASA chose these designers to make over its ancient spacesuits
Uranus and Neptune both have the blues. But different hues.
What comes after the James Webb Space Telescope? Some astronomers want LIFE.
The untold tale of Eliza Youmans, the daring educator in PopSci’s founding family
From the archives: The discovery of DNA’s structure explained how life ‘knows’ what to do
Physicist Ann Nelson broke barriers—for herself and for those who’d come after her
How to make an X-ray laser that’s colder than space
This novel solar sail could make it easier for NASA to stare into the sun
Gladys West’s mathematical prowess helped make GPS possible
A humble seismograph beneath the Great Smoky Mountains could be one of the best in the world
From the archives: Jacques Cousteau shows off his underwater film technology
Were dinosaurs warm-blooded or cold-blooded? Maybe both.
Space stations could wage war on hitchhiking bacteria with self-cleaning tech
Jocelyn Bell Burnell discovered pulsars, but someone else won the Nobel
Esther Lederberg changed our understanding of how bacteria breed
To grow food in space, we had to start in the Antarctic
NASA recorded a black hole’s song, and you can listen to it
After two failed attempts, Boeing’s Starliner will try again this week to reach the ISS
Racial and economic barriers kept Carolyn Beatrice Parker from realizing her full potential
From the archives: Inside the tantalizing quest to sense gravity waves
Martian beavers, intentional explosions, and other weird facts from 150 years of PopSci
The summer issue of PopSci is extremely metal
Sex and gender binaries don’t tell the entire story of life
Chien-Shiung Wu’s work defied the laws of physics
From the archives: The discovery of electrons breaks open the subatomic era
The souped-up Large Hadron Collider is back to take on its weightiest questions yet
These laser scans show how fires have changed Yosemite’s forests
Don’t miss this weekend’s total lunar eclipse
Helen Thompson Woolley showed biology does not define gender