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Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
Excerpt: Pandora's Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong
A mixture of plain water, nanoparticles, and sunlight can convert water into steam without ever even bringing it to a boil
Want to make a homebrew by Election Day? It's possible!
Six Generation III+ reactors set for the U.S.
To rescue the Earth, we need bold engineering ideas that go beyond simple recycling
Five items you'll want in your backpack this fall.
PopSci experts weigh in on the important questions
"We are short of carbon dioxide for the needs of the plants," said state representative Jerry Anderson, who is also a former science teacher.
Technique to create alcohol from thin air has applications in renewable energy
Now that's what you call "real" money laundering.
A University of Georgia team tinkered with the genes of Pyrococcus furiosus, and the new breed is hungry for the smoggy stuff.
Jeffrey Martin's closed-loop plan for recycling heat-trapping carbon emissions into gasoline
Paves way for better nanomedicine as well as remediation of nanotoxic events
The industry and the F.A.A. say the climate effects of flying civilians into space will be negligible, but some scientists fret about the accumulation of black carbon in the stratosphere.
In the global race to reduce carbon emissions, these eco-minded communities, from Kansas to the Maldives, lead the pack. Here's how they're making their carbon footprints disappear
New technology produces energy from fuel without burning it
A carbon tax would make companies think harder about using fossil fuels, which spur rising acidity in the seas
Just ask this poor pencil
"Thermopower waves" could be a brand-new way to produce electricity
The biggest sheet of nanotubing holds promise, but is it strong enough to one day lift a space elevator?
Ever-tinier pixels mean ever-higher resolutions and a wider angle of view for the holographic systems of the future.
The pressure to green-up the Olympics builds with each games, forcing the host cities to get creative. Like using beetle-chewed wood for your skating center's roof
Twirl the globe to see the world's worst polluters.
New study suggests that workers developing some common forms of nanotechnology may be exposed to health risks
Such membranes have potential for water desalinatization and other advanced filtering.
Q-carbon is a girl's new best friend
How you contribute to global warming depends a lot on where you live.
Cheaper, plant-based carbon fiber could be used to make lighter cars that consume less fuel.
The future of remote-control air warfare
Lots of animals reproduce asexually. Why not humans?
Geographic profiling pioneer Kim Rossmo has been likened to Sherlock Holmes; his Watson in the hunt for serial killers is a digital sidekick -- an algorithm he calls Rigel.
When rigid people make bad choices
A new study examines "orgasmability" to determine whether it serves a purpose or is just an evolutionary accident
To reach the bottom of all five oceans, this Texas businessman commissioned “the most significant vehicle since Apollo 11.”
A new inflatable safety device could keep trapped coal miners alive until help arrives
But the planet's still doomed.
A study of financial traders finds a surprising correlation
Longest pi sequence ever calculated 8 times faster than previous record
With help from light that humans can't see
Under-the-radar polluters, and the individuals doing their best to hold climate science back
Overwhelming atmospheric evidence supports the reality of global warming--and humans' role in causing it
If historical patterns repeat themselves, the next ice age will occur within about 2,000 years.
From vanilla to GMOs, how science shaped the taste of the modern world
Chemistry: Two companies in Canada have found a way to deliver fizz while reducing environmental damage.
Is the rock-concert lighter salute bad for the environment?
In search of the perfect combustible fuel
Tweeting creditable, verifiable information is hardly scandalous
His rulings in six previous cases can give us some idea.
The Internet came in a distant second.
Like Darpa on the military side, the new agency for stoking energy innovation awards $151 million to big ideas
Several of Japan's nuclear power plants are experiencing serious damage from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Here's what you need to know to understand the news, as it happens
A radical new power plant aims to convert our dirtiest fossil fuel into clean-burning hydrogen
He just needs to get it to them
It ingests hydrogen and carbon dioxide and excretes fuel
Sometimes our biggest fear is not knowing what to fear most. Fortunately, the weird science of risk analysis can teach us to judge better and fear smarter
Another study shows iron fertilization may not be a great solution to climate change.
The salmon population in an area dosed with iron has doubled.
David Keith believes strong-arm strategies could soon be our last resort for reversing record levels of carbon in the atmosphere
Apparently we like them with the part of our sensorium that evolved to detect spoilage.
Like something straight out of Dune, but the boring, terraforming parts.
And illustrates some fundamentals of physics.
Now science on how holes form
Just follow the 6 train to Harlem
Our FYI experts answer the science questions that haunt you
Do all those little things we do for the environment—recycling, giving up bottled water, going vegan—really make a difference?