They're both just trying to get the biggest bang for their buck.
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
Massive space rocks hurtle past Earth with frightening regularity. Some scientists want to deflect them. Others want to drag one closer.
Predictions for how we will live and work—on Earth or in space—in the decades and centuries to come
Not your rainy afternoon trip to the science museum
2011 is shaping up to be a great year for science. Here's what to look forward to
It would be easy to dismiss Mitchell Joachim's fantastical vision for ecological supercities, with their flocks of jetpacks and mass-transit blimps that look like flying monster jellyfish, as science fiction—if he wasn't actually building them
The Eiffel Tower? Predictable. Space Mountain? Kid stuff. This summer, wow the family with reality instead. Visit atom smashers, corpse farms and other wild scientific hotspots
Within 10 years, infantry soldiers will go into battle with autonomous robots close behind them. One day, they'll be fighting side-by-side
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
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
The entire experiment is 500 miles long, stretching from northern Illinois nearly to Canada.
The hype is real
We need weirder math in the voting booth
The bottom of the world could get down to -145 degrees this month.
Want to pay $10 for your flight and $15 for your pillow? Bill Diffenderffer has the airline for you
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
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
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.
Our resident film physicist tackles the final frontier and finds some key pointers for our own space travels
Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.
The first color photo of Pluto, a warm-blooded fish, and much more
The use of performance enhancers in sports is inevitable. Celebrating it instead of banning it would make competition safer, more honest, and more fun
Know what to look out for.
Factors like temperature and humidity have a real impact on your ability to hit a homer.
Forget lab coats and beakers: in this gallery of breathtaking images, we celebrate the visually pleasing side of scientific enquiry
Looking to boost your science smarts? First test your IQ organ, then follow our 6-point brain regimen. Soon you'll be crunching bogus claims and citing stats with the best.
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Physicist says we might be able to visit the past, but getting back to the future is another story
Some monkey business in a Duke University lab suggests we'll soon be able to move artificial limbs, control robotic soldiers, and communicate across thousands of miles--using nothing but our thoughts.
An excerpt from Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, a new book about a town in New Jersey devastated by industrial pollution
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?
According to the laws of physics, the world should not exist. To explain why we're here, scientists are recreating the universe's fiery beginnings by pitting matter against antimatter and watching them annihilate.
Out of the wild
Forget algebra homework: try building spaceships, operating a nuclear reactor or listening in to distant galaxies
What does it take to become a citizen astronaut?
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
Q&A;: Robert Ballard
From time travel to rogue waves, the best (and worst) of this summer´s movies. Now with PopSci´s EGQ: Expected Gibberish Quotient. Launch the slideshow here.
The virus traveled from Mediterranean to colder climes
A device that restores hearing by transmitting sound through the teeth and bones
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
Stories of reindeer, walruses, and Mars simulations
Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever
Entangled particles remain linked over 746 miles apart
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
A recent study shows that a huge percentage of Peru's emergency contraceptives are not what they appear.
To pay for his education and support other enterprising students like him
The first of their kind used for commercial energy generation
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
Last May, a massive tornado leveled Joplin, Missouri. Was it chance, or a warning of things to come?
Air: It's one of the world's most important, least understood, and possibly life-saving substances
Don't let your small bladder keep you off schedule
A new class of private business jet means we could all fly like billionaires in the near future
Popular Science's fifth annual survey of just how bad it gets
The ability to reprogram the immune system is one of the most sought-after goals in medicine. Now researchers are closer than ever to pulling it off in patients with Type 1 diabetes, one of whom happens to be our correspondent
Sewage is more than just filth. It's evidence of our worst habits, everything from caffeine to cocaine, all ingested and flushed down the toilet. Now scientists are using wastewater to drug-test entire cities, and the results are sobering
For the first time, scientists can actually observe the remnants of flowing water on Mars.
Our culture celebrates long work days, but they don't make us more productive.
Residents of one of the Internet's most populous virtual worlds shop, attend class-even run businesses. Soon you may do the same.
The web is crawling with jokes, hoaxes and more insidious fakes. Digital-image experts aim to develop foolproof detection tools, but until then, seeing is not believing
Mouse milk (for people), spider-goats, pain-free cattle, and nine more
Nearly a decade ago, NASA built an Earth-monitoring satellite that could have observed global warming in action. Then the agency stashed it in a warehouse in Maryland, where it remains to this day.
A possible victory for Einstein
By turning its crime problem into a data problem, Santa Cruz is reinventing police work for the 21st century
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?
Bring a bathing suit, kids, we're going to the Jefferson Memorial.
And you thought it was getting cold where you live
A scientist tells how LIGO changed his life
The science of fixing culinary disasters
At McKinley Climate Lab, researchers create fearsome weather to test cars and planes.
Life as we know it probably wouldn't exist.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
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?
Bogus canals on Mars, alien germs from Venus and the "truth" behind UFOs
Another day, another wrinkle in the year's biggest physics story
You can't watch everything, so let an analysis of physics data guide you to this summer's most competitive events
TESS will be the first dedicated all-sky exoplanet hunting satellite.
Could help limit insect-borne diseases like malaria
Bust out the bug repellant
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
A reader inquires: "Why can't we put people into some sort of cryogenic sleep and launch them to Mars--or to an even more distant destination, like Alpha Centauri?"
This waterslide does a gut-flipping--yet safe--loop-de-loop
A literary-scientific project tracks the change in New England plantlife from Thoreau's journals to today
Time will tell if natural gas is a bridge or a brick wall.