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From reviving extinct species to hunting for dark matter, can a single scientist transform biology--and our lives?
Visions of a sweet future
The best long-form stuff we read this year
Thinking about a science degree? Consider a lab where research meets white-knuckled adventure
Shouldn't we feel sorry for the victims of painful physical humor?
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
Tiny nanoparticles are a huge part of our lives, for better or for worse.
Learning to stop bombmakers--even before an explosion goes off
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
Practical jokes from invisible ink to dangling a car off a bridge
This 10,000-rpm, no-pulse artificial heart doesn't resemble an organic heart--and might be all the better for it
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
Harvard has a world-class trove of valuable astronomical data. But it's in the form of half a million glass photographic plates
How Albert-László Barabási went from mapping systems to controlling them
By turning its crime problem into a data problem, Santa Cruz is reinventing police work for the 21st century
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
Forget algebra homework: try building spaceships, operating a nuclear reactor or listening in to distant galaxies
How we covered the Scopes Monkey Trial, the discovery of Java Man, the Piltdown Man hoax, and milestones in the history of evolutionary theory
Arun Majumdar has to decide which researchers will get millions of dollars, and he has to do it fast. He must spark an energy revolution within 20 years, or it's lights out for us all.
PopSci attempts to determine, once and for all, which is the superior gender
One of the biggest mysteries of physics could end with what scientists find 4,850 feet below the Black Hills of South Dakota
This year, shop SciMall for glowing rodents, animal guillotines, and more
Science needs the fearless
How 140 scientists look inside the world's most dangerous weather
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we take a look back at where it all began
Student visions for robots, space nutrition, and more
Fermi would approve
The National Mall was transformed into a futuristic commune for the past two weeks as 20 teams from four countries erected solar-powered homes
As students everywhere return to school, the luckiest are heading for caves and rocket firing ranges instead of lecture halls
While their peers worry about zits, these rising young stars are designing lunar bioreactors and new cancer drugs. What did you accomplish before turning 18? Meet our eight future Edisons here
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
Steven Chu, the new U.S. secretary of energy, is a Nobel-winning physicist and an unabashed advocate of fighting climate change. But can he negotiate the political realities of transforming the energy economy?
The creator of the Segway is one of the most successful and admired inventors in the world. He leads a team of 300 scientists and engineers devoted to making things that better mankind. But he's not done
The finalists will go on to Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno
Wind, solar, tidal—all are battling for the renewable-energy crown, but what about the six billion highly efficient short-stroke engines in our midst? What about us?
A new study shows that body language indicates socioeconomic status
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Big problem, small budget? Tap the affordable talents of brainy undergrads
There's still talk of revolution on campuses. But the 21st-century student has something very different from anarchy on the mind--think hydrogen cars and homes on the moon
The findings may be no-brainers (yes, you do get sick in winter), but these studies uncover hidden truths in conventional wisdom
During a week of attempting to cloak every aspect of daily life, our correspondent found that in an information age, leaving no trace is nearly impossible
Not every student falls asleep at the thought of doing another lab. For a fortunate few, homework means setting off bombs, making lightning, crashing cars, and unleashing 100mph winds. Come meet the luckiest students in the country inside (with video)
No more pencils, no more books: With PopSci's guide to the best continuing-ed programs on the Web, you can lose the paper and still gain a grade-A education
Looking for a clean fuel that grows anywhere, needs only sunlight and water, and could produce enough oil to free the U.S. from its petroleum addiction? Here´s one start-up's plan for converting oil from algae-yes, algae
Tips to get your own invention ideas off the ground from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Segway's Dean Kamen, futurist Ray Kurzweil and more
High-tech security isn't just for the airport anymore. Advances now coming out of the labs will help protect what's dear to you, from your car to your kids, your dinner to your dinero
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
Worms, planets, extra dimensions: just a few of the things that inspire the most creative young scientists of the year
Gas prices are up, fuel economy is downâ€”but the brightest minds in auto technology are about to do something about it
Our contributing troubadour, Jonathan Coulton, talks to the movers and shakers of sci-tech. From the moon.
Its creations earn patents, outperform humans, and will soon fly to space. All it needs now is a few worthy challenges
Our reporters deliver the latest on autonomous vehicles.
Meet the extraordinary scientists whose innovations are bringing us robot cars, new cures and vaccines, the fastest-ever computer animations, and much, much more
A new understanding of brain chemistry could usher in an age of biologically enhanced humans
The world's first human-robot arm-wrestling match shows off the potential of a new material that someday could power machines--and even human limbs and organs
Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever?
Two materials currently under development--self-healing composites and "bubbloy"--could be the key to creating auto bodies that regenerate after an accident.
Technology may be ushering in a golden age of stalking, in which predators use GPS, cellphones and other devices to track and terrorize.
Behind the scenes at the DARPA Grand Challenge, the 142-mile robot race that died at mile 7
Behind the scenes in the race to develop a military vehicle that can drive itself.
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
It's arson, bomb and booby trap week at one of the nation's toughest forensics schools.
Barbie's dead. Did Ken do it? How miniature death-scene dioramas are used to teach modern CSI techniques.
3 radical ideas, but any real science? We ask the experts.
In his lab far from the scene of a crime, Skip Palenik forges unbreakable chains of evidence from dust & detritus. Let's watch the master at work.
The polygraph, though used in hiring, marital disputes, and possibly even anti-terror investigations, is flawed. Now scientists are looking deep within the brain to devise ways to detect deception at its source.
Tollbooths, ATMs, doctors' offices, online chat: You leave critical personal data behind wherever you go. Let's follow one American as he scatters his digital DNA.
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.
You can hone your corpse pose by hanging out with actual corpses.
We talked with judges from two of the world's most prestigious science fairs to get some tips on how to put together a great project and have an even better time.
A new universal packing density for things made of small, rigid particles
Post-9/11 laws protect Americans from the mishandling of potential bioterror agents. They could also slow down some vital medical research.
Google's education wing has devised school lesson plans based on the movie.
An ultra-analytical computer might smooth the transition between human and machine teaching
Researchers put students' bad behaviors to the test
PopSci is attending the 40th annual National Symposium on Bat Research
Looking back at miserable work experiences in science
Scuba-trained investigators are learning protocols for examining watery graves. Rule #1 is not so high-tech: Watch out for 'gators.
When the only variable is gender, male students are more likely to be hired for a job, and offered more money, too.
A year of BDC culminates at the Museum of Modern Art
A father-and-son team study the science -- and art -- of folding
Teaching people game theory is good. Making them live it is even better, says UCLA professor Peter Nonacs.
Pets provide significant relief from college's unique stress factors
The world's most prestigious universities have begun posting entire curricula on the Web—for free. Is there such a thing as a free higher-education lunch? I enrolled to find out
Think of the children! Or at least the medical students—and their future patients.
By studying the way leaves shrink when they fossilize, a team of more than 100 high school students could build more accurate models of climate change.
Teens may be works in progress, but they help society evolve.
Scientists take another look at how mathematics is learned and stumble upon some provocative findings