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Are poinsettias really toxic? Can you cure that eggnog hangover? These and other holiday myths put to rest
Thank you, Chinese researchers.
Popular Science editor Bjorn Carey strikes again with a new limerick on one of bacon's many merits
Here's why experts call our desire to drink an 'evolutionary hangover.'
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You really can have too much of a good thing.
The author subjects himself to genetic tests, scans and other high-tech diagnostics to report on how the trend toward "personalized medicine" will affect us
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.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
One preeminent scientist tackles the moral and ethical issues that come with the business of genetically enhancing our biology.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Everything you need to know about the hottest topic in
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Your cellphone does not in itself cause cancer. But in the daily sea of radiation we all travel, there may be subtler dangers at work, and science is only just beginning to understand how they can come to affect people like Per Segerbäck so intensely
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
Babies' genomes hold clues that can save their lives, but that same information could be used in far less noble ways. Where should we draw the line?
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
Will too many hot chili peppers kill you? Is the moon on the verge of erupting? PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
Forensic scientists in Switzerland are pioneering a whole new way to do autopsies. No scalpel required.
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
One might change the way we treat cancer for good.
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
Pigs are offering new possibilities for studying Alzheimer's disease
A man-made, pure-white compound called Oxycyte carries oxygen 50 times as effectively as our own blood. Researchers are betting that itâ€™s the best way to treat Americaâ€™s leading cause of accidental death: traumatic brain injury
Mouse milk (for people), spider-goats, pain-free cattle, and nine more
This 10,000-rpm, no-pulse artificial heart doesn't resemble an organic heart--and might be all the better for it
Reservoirs of HIV hide deep within the body. Scientists are now closing in on methods to wipe them out.
Is laughter the best medicine?
Internal and external pressure drive a rush toward prestige.
We spoke to candidates with science backgrounds from across the political spectrum
How new medical tech gets injured stars off the disabled list and onto the field
The use of performance enhancers in sports is inevitable. Celebrating it instead of banning it would make competition safer, more honest, and more fun
Out of the wild
The science of drug muling
The best long-form stuff we read this year
The annual Ig Nobel awards are a treasure.
New machine a significant step towards personalized genetic medicine
In 2010, OxyContin introduced a new formula that drug abusers can't crush to a powder to snort or inject. This is how it works, chemically, and whether it actually deters abuse.
In honor of Jenny McCarthy's new seat at "The View"
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
Lydia Kavraki: How can the robot know how to move through the ever-changing human world?
Sequences bring individualized medicine a step closer
Two Philadelphia doctors are championing an unconventional new treatment for keeping cardiac-arrest victims alive, with as little brain damage as possible: just give them hypothermia
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
How to heal an infection that defies antibiotics? Another infection. Doctors in Eastern Europe have used lab-grown viruses to safely cure millions of wounds. So why can't we do the same here?
Why the tiny zebrafish is becoming many researchers' favorite animal
Forget algebra homework: try building spaceships, operating a nuclear reactor or listening in to distant galaxies
GPU-driven processing is bringing the predictive power of supercomputers to the radiology suite
Our culture celebrates long work days, but they don't make us more productive.
We put their final Science Debate 2008 answers up against their records
New research uncovers unusual benefits of vitamin D
How ideas from biology-evolution, immune systems and forensics-will keep your PC safe from hackers
A new virus-killing technique could hit the market in just a few years
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
A milestone in personalized medicine
The quest to understand, explore, and protect the amazing animals
Hacking the electron microscope
The frontier of science is looking inward to fix what ails us.
Treats for physicists, chemists, biologists, and others.
As our ability to create organs expands, ethical questions come into play.
How the presidential candidates get science wrong
In the early 1900s, radioactive water was all the rage. Hard to believe smart people could fall for such twaddle--right?
Last July, 9-year-old Alex Everett received his first shot of synthetic human growth hormone--an injection he will get every night for eight years. Alex is not sick--he is short. Should we be treating stature as a medical condition?
Studying our natural internal bacteria could help doctors cure diseases that affect millions
Watching how insects use plants shows that self-medication isn't just for complex animals
100 years ago, Popular Science marked the start of WWI with a collection of anti-war essays.
Bill Nye The Science Guy speculates on the future of mankind
Whatever did happen to yesterday's beloved technologies of tomorrow?
We'll get a vaccine for addiction, debate the future of nuclear power, use new tech to take on water shortages, and-just maybe-find an extra dimension or two. Happy New Year
Researchers are teasing out the ways we perceive flavor, from our tongue to our nose to the genes that dictate how we taste food. In the process, they're uncovering exactly which flavors will transform a dish into an offer you can't refuse
Researchers are uncovering some pretty strange culprits behind the obesity epidemic—everything from air-conditioning to infectious love handles
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
Understanding how the brain perceives the passage of time could lead to treatments for mental illnesses. Why does time seem to slow down during a life-threatening situation? Our reporter falls 15 stories to find out