Element naming has a surprisingly contentious history. Bitterly contentious. We spoke to Sigurd Hofmann, credited recently with the discovery of element 112, to see how he might change course
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Lydia Kavraki: How can the robot know how to move through the ever-changing human world?
Our history is complicated. Our pre-history, even more so.
Fossils and molecular genetics are just some of the tools researchers have used to answer questions about the history of the human species
What bad headlines call lazy is what early humans called survival.
Is laughter the best medicine?
On Ancient Babylonian tablets, a precursor of calculus
The great artisans of nature
Your DNA holds the secrets of your ancestry, and at least a dozen companies offer to crack the code. But there's more than a bit of hype here.
With the release of the DSM-5 this month, psychotherapist Gary Greenberg questions whether psychiatry's diagnostic Bible can truly get at the nature of mental suffering.
Some of the greatest moments ever in figuring out how stuff works
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. They averaged one every 10 minutes. And they weren't very scientific.
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. they averaged one every 10 minutes. And they werenâ€™t very scientific.
PopSci discovers the elements, one by one
It's a fact of the archaeological record: Modern humans survived and Neanderthals did not. Why? And what does it teach us about our own survival?
Behold the majesty of lasers
New species get identified and named every year, even though you've probably never heard of them.
Bill Andrews has spent two decades unlocking the molecular mechanisms of aging. His mission: to extend the human life span to 150 years--or die trying
Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?
What's the most habitable planet?