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Magical phenomena are even cooler when you understand the science behind them.
The National Mall was transformed into a futuristic commune for the past two weeks as 20 teams from four countries erected solar-powered homes
Not content with laying its eggs inside a caterpillar's body, a parasitic wasp then turns the host into a zombie babysitter
How the World Wide Web has changed science
Grocery-store produce behave differently in light and dark, study finds.
As students everywhere return to school, the luckiest are heading for caves and rocket firing ranges instead of lecture halls
There's a lot of information out there and not all of it is good.
And it's open source, so you can make your own at home.
Are nuclear disasters the new normal?
If a few very smart neuroscientists are right, with enough number crunching and a powerful brain scanner, science can pluck pictures—and maybe one day even thoughts— directly from your brain
Western architects have grand plans for helping China solve its expanding environmental crisis. But the world's dirtiest country already has the power to clean up all on its own
New designs and materials will make future skyscrapers sturdier, safer, and smarter.
Engineered to thrill fans and intimidate opponents, the eagles' new NEST is tricked-out and ready to rumble.
Dark matter makes up much of the cosmos, yet no one knows exactly what it is. Soon, physicists may finally solve one of science's biggest mysteries.
An invisible world of microbes
"I may be under attack, but take some of this to protect yourself," is an anthropomorphized way of looking at the interaction.
CRISPR democratizes food technology
Get gorgeous with the cutting edge of twentieth-century technology
Players love the tech, but pro and amateur organizations can hardly keep up with the new materials and radical designs that have rewired and sometimes hot-wired sports.
Is this lizard opaline green? Perhaps more pistachio?
It's not too late to upstage those smug Doctor Who fans.
Florida citrus could get a colorful new makeover
How to remember, and how to reason
U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield. One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
Researchers hope to extend gene therapy success in restoring sight to colorblind monkeys
Is that rock brick-red, ochre or salmon-colored?
It's the difference between a grainy black-and-white film and HD.
An artificial intelligence that saved humanity from invaders 28 years ago breaks its silence to meet with human ambassadors. They have no idea what is in store.
Once more unto the beach
Arsenic and old manuscripts.
It might not (just) be foul play.
Featuring a ghostly seal, a stylish crab, and more. You're welcome!
From a mathematical viewpoint, basketball is a game of trajectories.
Resident physics dude Adam Weiner shows us what it would really take to lift a human body off the ground, bird-style
The challenge: pour beer with a consistently frothy head.
Blood flies, and leaves a tale. But it takes an expert like Paulette Sutton to sort truth from fiction in spatter language.
"Water can slide off like ketchup."
Where peaks come from
Some neurosurgeon fans decided to investigate.
Three years after its Human Transporter was supposed to change the world, Dean Kamen's innovation factory unveils a successor that just wants to have fun.
Why do the eyes in some paintings appear to follow the viewer around the room?
This waterslide does a gut-flipping--yet safe--loop-de-loop
The man behind the world's most powerful camera confronts killer viruses, nude sunbathers and the San Diego Padres
Let's nerd out about the physics of hitting a baseball as hard as you possibly can.
Forensic scientists in Switzerland are pioneering a whole new way to do autopsies. No scalpel required.
A new optic promises better zoom capability for even the thinnest cameraphones
Nikon's D3 and D300
By observing the seahorse's unusual sex roles, scientists hope to learn more about how they came to be
In these three planet-fixing projects, eco-engineers draw inspiration from snakes and toothpaste
With his ability to analyze individual cells over time, he's learning which ones make for good drugs, which cause allergies, and which cure disease
HIV's strongest sections could be its greatest weaknesses
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
It can stab in 60 different ways
A rainbow actually forms a circle. The center of the circle is always on an imaginary line between the sun and your head.
The maiden voyage of an unusual ship suggests promise for alternatives to fuel
Tossing a ping-pong ball into a beer cup? It takes more physics than you might think
Doug Selsam's Sky Serpent uses an array of small rotors to catch more wind for less money
The next generation of artificial limbs-fused directly to human bone and commanded by the brain-promises effortless, natural motion. It can't come soon enough for the newest group of prosthetics wearers: U.S. soldiers
As I was soaked with rain, I started to rethink my design
Pan and zoom among 400 images from Curiosity's cameras.
From the Popular Science archives, the hurricane house, the seismograph camera, the forest-fire-fighting dirigible, and more.
Brigham Young University's Splash Lab looks into the dynamics of the male urine stream.
The Captain and other cereal mascots make eye contact until you accept their brand goodness into your heart.
But there are still puzzles left to solve.
New evidence suggests they were skilled hunters.
Something to keep in mind during the World Cup: it's harder than it looks.
These optical illusions require a mix of the right weather, eye direction, and luck.
What we can learn from a massive meteor crater
Some researchers say the Babylonians invented trigonometry—and did it better.
A California research team reveals how Mavericks, one of big-wave surfing's most famous breaks, is formed
To an insect, air is as thick as oil. Michael Dickinson pursues the sticky question of how these creatures maneuver so flawlessly. The answers could spawn tiny new flying machines.
A new medical-imaging system brings skeletons to life in 3-D
Harnessing the terawatts of energy we get from the sun
We visit operating rooms, observatories, and islands full of slightly-less-than-rational monkeys to find the young geniuses who are shaping the future of science
He discovered the secret to ultrafast computing in the shell of a beetle
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures a dark planet, wreathed in the sunlit glow of its rings.
Abaddon's Gate is available on Amazon.
How did a London skyscraper melt a parked car?
The lack of color is caused by tiny fog droplets
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Sex, drugs, and tentacles: the animal kingdom may be having more fun than you
Field work from home
This has happened with several crop-munching insect species around the world.
Understanding where the insects travel will help biologists better track their overall population levels.
These high-performance machines will run you as much as $15,000. Here's why a custom-built racer is a bargain