Potential applications include insulation, firefighter protection, and water filtration.
Newsworthy eye candy
Including a robot hugging a teddy bear
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
Popular Science is inside the U.N., where 150 heads of state are talking global warming. Will they put momentum behind an international treaty in 2015?
These gene-slicers may help tackle HIV, Alzheimer's, and brain cancer.
Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.
The best long-form stuff we read this year
It's a contentious, edgy argument! But it's flawed in just about every way. Here's how to exploit those flaws.
Twirl the globe to see the world's worst polluters.
Out of the wild
Green technology is on the rise, but the U.S. still consumes an enormous amount of fossil fuels
Depending on who you ask, these long-ignored, widely-scattered elements are either a dealbreaker or no problem at all
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.
2011 is shaping up to be a great year for science. Here's what to look forward to
Scientists deploy genetic forensics to protect overhunted animals
Under-the-radar polluters, and the individuals doing their best to hold climate science back
Jellyfish invasions, Internet auctions, god particles: Read about the year's biggest science stories before they happen. Bonus: How to decipher geeky jargon and when to buy a DeLorean
Western architects have grand plans for helping China solve its expanding environmental crisis. But the world's dirtiest country already has the power to clean up all on its own
Joseph Longo's Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energyâ€”and promises to make a relic of the landfill
The 2004 Popsci Design Competition
Did SARS start in space?
2312 is available on Amazon.
The massive plume scientists announced last week might already be gone
Physicists and Trevor Bauer on how to invent a whole new slider.
See how scientists are learning from the most common form of life on Earth to fight cancer, produce ethanol and maybe even grow crops on the moon
Driving a super-powerful ice-breaking vessel through huge sheets of ice has never looked so serene.
Courtesy of Tim Shaw, whose television show launches tonight
Unusual ice activity
Swiftly, and smack in the middle
World record after world record after world record
Hope Jahren's Lab Girl plants seeds
And why people believe in the unbelievable.
How California is predicting and preparing for the inevitable.
Worst Science Jobs II: Number 5
PopSci attempts to determine, once and for all, which is the superior gender
Technology has provided some of this campaign's best moments. Also, some of the worst
The motion of the ocean(ic crust).
See the top ten hurdles facing game designers today, and the cutting-edge tech that will soon make them relics of the past
How new medical tech gets injured stars off the disabled list and onto the field
Researchers Use Explosives To Break Up Biofilms And Reduce Antibiotic Resistance
What's to protect you from a deadly side impact? This guy.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Bludgeoning bacteria instead of drugging it
After an intense struggle to stop the spread of infection, Nigeria hasn't seen an Ebola case in six weeks.
It involves the same brain system that responds to marijuana
Learn how to destroy expensive glassware with the power of sound
Training, gear, and sometimes, sadly, drugs, give the world's top athletes an edge in competition
Multiple enzymes delivered in a nanocapsule could work as an alcohol antidote, reducing blood alcohol levels and preventing liver damage.
Goodbye, BB. Thanks for the education. (Don't worry—there are no final-season spoilers here!)
The findings could help endangered species and livestock farmers
Science blogger Yvette d'Entremont fights pseudoscience with snark
Testing a hypothesis about fistfights with cadaver arms
The annual Ig Nobel awards are a treasure.
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
The limits of travel are defined not by what vehicles can do, but by what vehicles can do to us. So how much can we take?
Taking the "what the frack" out of materials engineering
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
A cartoonist and a climate scientist teamed up on a new book.
Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever?
Welcome to the wonderful world of compost toilet tech
The incredible Mr. Limpet
Ten amazing projects built by teens.
A small lander eight years ago bounced around a bit but didn't splat.
A captain and a sailor died after the Bounty, a wooden ship built for a Marlon Brando film in the 1960s, sank off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy. Journalist and Popular Science contributor Matthew Shaer reconstructs the ship's final voyage.
How to get rid of a pest that has spread to 23 states
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.
"Disrupting" norms is profitable when you're a 35-year-old tech maven. When you're 16, it just makes you a delinquent.
Visions of a sweet future
A wolf--maybe--has bitten a teenaged camper in Minnesota, in what could be the first wolf attack ever recorded in the lower 48 states.
A new test for HPV has been cleared as way to screen for cervical cancer, but doctors are concerned that it doesn't do enough to protect younger women.
Heavy rains are flooding cities and towns from Nebraska to Michigan to Maine. Is the problem failing infrastructure, global warming...or both?
Seems like a hard pill to swallow -- but actually, it's pretty easy
Some musings on our favorite mycological marvels.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
The brain interface learns—and remembers—how to read thoughts.
An interdisciplinary team opens a new window into the creature's bizarre lifecycle.
Heard a big boom during a polar vortex? Here's what's up.
A commute so quick you could just die.
We do not yet have a verdict on whether she can open garage doors.
Our poetic editors present breaking science news, now in metered rhyme