Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
How Clostridium, a nasty pathogen, makes an infectiously delicious confection
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!
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
To rescue the Earth, we need bold engineering ideas that go beyond simple recycling
Popular Science's fifth annual survey of just how bad it gets
He just needs to get it to them
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
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
Six Generation III+ reactors set for the U.S.
The tale of the "plant hunters," farming whales, vegetable matter that rains from the sky and more
Tips on making Turkey Beer and other highly questionable holiday brews
Excerpt: Pandora's Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong
Boiling blood and exploding skulls.
Dubai's Palazzo Versace hires firm to cool sandy beaches
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
But it can totally explode in your face.
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
The 20 ideas, trends, and breakthroughs that will shape our world in 2014
Just follow the 6 train to Harlem
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.
Five items you'll want in your backpack this fall.
Like a lot of suds on the top of your beer pour? Scientists have found a gene for that.
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
Note to Fox News: it wasn't a cloud of toxic chlorine.
The jury's still out, but if there's a ghost of crustaceans past, it's definitely coming back to haunt us.
The U.S. signals its readiness to regulate carbon dioxide emissions; world leaders begin Copenhagen discussions on climate change
Paves way for better nanomedicine as well as remediation of nanotoxic events
A change to heat-resistant glass has had explosive effects
The annual Austin conference has announced the winners of its sustainable-startup competitions, and Popular Science was there.
When it's 115 degrees in March, it might take a Hail Mary of a solution to help us
More magma, more bling.
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
Will Marc Norman's secret ice recipe set speed skating records in Salt Lake City?
The European Union hopes the deal can boost chances of further international agreement at the UN's climate summit
From vanilla to GMOs, how science shaped the taste of the modern world
Science needs the fearless
We spoke to candidates with science backgrounds from across the political spectrum
Under-the-radar polluters, and the individuals doing their best to hold climate science back
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.
From harvesting energy to building networks, nature has been solving problems for billions of years longer than humans have
Dash of trivia, pinch of wit: a new compendium.
Last week was a busy one in Congress for climate legislation. But signals have been mixed
Technique to create alcohol from thin air has applications in renewable energy
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
To commemorate World Food Day, we look back on science's role in alleviating the hunger crisis. Whale breeding, desert sugar factories, and oyster soup capsules, yum
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
In the first installment of Kitchen Alchemy, the team delves into the science of pressure cookers in the name of sunflower seed "risotto"
In the July 1969 issue of Popular Science, a famous rocket scientist narrated the first moon landing.
The Wari people used their corn-based beer to spread their culture across Peru.
Overwhelming atmospheric evidence supports the reality of global warming--and humans' role in causing it
A radical new power plant aims to convert our dirtiest fossil fuel into clean-burning hydrogen
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
Venus Express orbiter finds a cool spot.
The only thing to we have to fear is fear itself. Also suffocation.
Like something straight out of Dune, but the boring, terraforming parts.
"We are short of carbon dioxide for the needs of the plants," said state representative Jerry Anderson, who is also a former science teacher.
Cooling the filament keeps it from burning out
Tweeting creditable, verifiable information is hardly scandalous
Once upon a time, the mantra for scientific success was "Think big." Nowadays, it's all about the ongoing mission to make things really, really small. Here, a look at the latest in Lilliputian developments
PopSci experts weigh in on the important questions
In search of the perfect combustible fuel
Like Darpa on the military side, the new agency for stoking energy innovation awards $151 million to big ideas
With the worldâ€™s wild fish stocks plummeting, experts say that something must be done to ensure our seafood supply. Are offshore fish farms the solution?
And whether they'll look like E.T.
The first study of global warming's effects on clear-air turbulence offers some uncomfortable predictions.
You don't even need Congress to enact meaningful reform.
The salmon population in an area dosed with iron has doubled.
And illustrates some fundamentals of physics.
Dangerous fumes from an African lake could be the fuel of tomorrow
David Keith believes strong-arm strategies could soon be our last resort for reversing record levels of carbon in the atmosphere
What's the most habitable planet?