A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Our planet makes a lot of sounds, and some of them are spooky.
What's cooler than the Arctic ocean? The sharks that live there.
Unusual ice activity
Plus adorable echidna puggles
They're infectious, but not dangerous
And you thought it was getting cold where you live
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
It's a contentious, edgy argument! But it's flawed in just about every way. Here's how to exploit those flaws.
Can a crew of scientists and volunteers armed with homemade trackers save sharks from extinction?
If only they had developed monkey boats. Tiny little monkey boats! Oh man I wish they had monkey boats.
A Japanese woman has been recognized as the oldest woman on the planet, at age 114. Very impressive! But these six animals would scoff at a mere 114-year-old.
Digging through 55,000 years of African hyrax toilets
Some animals and plants stand to gain plenty.
Stories of reindeer, walruses, and Mars simulations
We spent twenty-four hours on a Greenpeace boat in the Gulf of Mexico looking for oil and dispersant among marine life. On the six-month anniversary of the leak, we report back
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Stunning pictures of some of North America's most impressive animal camouflage
The free software from Google gives scientists a new world view
Jellyfish invasions, Internet auctions, god particles: Read about the year's biggest science stories before they happen. Bonus: How to decipher geeky jargon and when to buy a DeLorean
Arctic climatologist Konrad Steffen has spent 18 consecutive springs on the Greenland ice cap, personally building and installing the weather stations that help the world's scientists understand what's happening up there. And what's happening may be much worse than anyone thought possible
Worms, planets, extra dimensions: just a few of the things that inspire the most creative young scientists of the year
A compendium of the fastest things the world has to offer, and a celebration of the technological breakthroughs that feed the rush
How a furry-convention-attending, Midwestern-accented fox owner teamed up with a bizarre Floridian exotic animal importer and a Soviet geneticist to bring pet foxes to your living room.
How fish adapt to a warming world is top of mind for governments eager to profit off of a robust fishing industry. Will climate change rule in their favor?
Then they wake them up again
For the first time, scientists show how climate synchronizes different species.
Overwhelming atmospheric evidence supports the reality of global warming--and humans' role in causing it
What could possibly go wrong?
Last month was the warmest May in recorded history—and if El Nino gets its way in late 2014, this year could be the balmiest ever.
Salty ice could keep ocean currents flowing
Searching for the origins of life in the deep sea.
In anticipation of opened oil wells beneath the melting arctic, an ownership-mapping mission makes its way across the seabed
What makes each bear species stand out against the rest?
Could sudden climate change wreak independence day-level havoc? The director of The Day After Tomorrow let us run his new disaster flick by the experts. Uh-oh.
Could sudden climate change wreak Independence Day-level havoc? The director of The Day After Tomorrow (out May 28) let us run his new disaster flick by the experts. Uh-oh.
When it's 115 degrees in March, it might take a Hail Mary of a solution to help us
On the Labrador Sea, the scientific crew of the research vessel Knorr hunts for underwater storms, sinks a two-mile mooring--and gathers clues to the planet's fate
Researchers take a first step toward harnessing the small energy sources found in cages around the world
In the northernmost reaches of Canada, within the Arctic Circle, scientists have found fossils of...camels. Wait, what?
But the ice is thin.
Richard Stroud is the nation's chief medical examiner for wildlife, and he's getting a state-of-the-art lab. Poachers beware.
Could deprive regions of the globe of oxygen
Yes, we included the weasel riding the woodpecker
These infrared images show some mammals keep their noses cool, while others maintain a warm snout.
Huzzah for snow in June and ice in Florida!
Don't be fooled by its fluffy, clumsy amble. The red panda is a master escape artist.
NOAA's global update is out today.
How melting arctic ice has made life harder for lean polar bears.
A golden age of Earth observation.
Mouse milk (for people), spider-goats, pain-free cattle, and nine more
Plastic, fishing gear and 18th-century steamship coal were among the most common finds.
As ice barriers melt, pathogens expand their ranges.
But one thing's for sure: This creature of the deep has an incredible memory.
These mysterious creatures exist today more or less unevolved from the forms they had hundreds of millions of years ago
A profile in Seattle Weekly offers a rundown of what would be one of the first commercially sold GMO whole fruits… if it makes it to market.
New ways global warming could kill us
A million straws could mellow the next Katrina
Isabella Rossellini makes insects enticing
Armed with better batteries and stronger materials, new submersibles aim to go deeper than ever before and open up the whole of the unexplored ocean to human eyes
Around the world, scientists are risking their lives to retrieve seeds destined for a massive vault near the North Pole. Their work just might save mankind
The nation's satellites document environmental threats around the globe. So why is the future of earth observation in peril?
The cold, hard facts
The Arctic's "new normal" includes more plants, less snow
Computational modelling suggests human land use leads to more infection at sea
Learning skills that will be invaluable in later foxhood
Meet the extraordinary scientists whose innovations are bringing us robot cars, new cures and vaccines, the fastest-ever computer animations, and much, much more
Research on pig carcasses and a new body farm in Florida might offer some clues
PopSci's look at the future of the environment continues, with projects that might soon spell disaster
Life as we know it probably wouldn't exist.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Excerpt: Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet
Scientists deploy genetic forensics to protect overhunted animals
Reconstructing sea level history for the first time
These critters are a lot less lame than we thought
Plus a truly psychedelic supernova, like whoa
Plus, twin red panda cubs
Tracking the Cambrian Explosion, when the oceans first filled with complex animal life.
Determining cause of death with the help of blubber knives
The amount of water on Earth is fixed, but everything else is changing fast
Learn About These GMO Facts
An interdisciplinary team opens a new window into the creature's bizarre lifecycle.
Our ancient genetic engineering that turned wolf to dog has made its mark on modern wolves—and may help them survive modern climate
Newsworthy eye candy
Forget lab coats and beakers: in this gallery of breathtaking images, we celebrate the visually pleasing side of scientific enquiry
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.
The latest assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in full online today, details what we can and cannot predict about global warming.