When men were men and sodas were cocaine-laced nerve tonics.
A brief primer on doping, in light of the recent Olympic ban.
Yet another review of the science answers: Yes.
The story of how one of the most polluted waterways in America came to be located in one of the country's most expensive neighborhoods. Also: dysentery, cancer, and arsenic poisoning.
The church ran an immunization drive afterward, but still put out some dubious claims.
A rare form of meningitis has infected more than 200 people and claimed 15 lives. Are you at risk? And how did the outbreak start in the first place?
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
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Our dependence on big systems--big oil, big coal--steers us away from little ones, such as biofuel made from garbage, that are transforming communities in other countries
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
Does red wine make you live longer? Do bras cause cancer? Is sugar as addictive as cocaine and heroin? We uncover what headline-grabbing scientific studies really mean for your health
The creator of the Segway is one of the most successful and admired inventors in the world. He leads a team of 300 scientists and engineers devoted to making things that better mankind. But he's not done
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
New studies on fitness, fatness, baldness, and more
The Black Plague, Third Pandemic and Spanish Flu wiped out hundreds of millions; they have nothing on today's worst diseases
During a week of attempting to cloak every aspect of daily life, our correspondent found that in an information age, leaving no trace is nearly impossible
Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry created techpresident.com to answer an important question this election season: Do Facebook friends equal votes?
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
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
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?
In the dark and chatty world of avatars and assumed identities, this cybercop is a virtual Sybil, trolling for creeps and thieves.
Three new radio-controlled rovers are steering tech toward toy land
The Germans consider DNA testing to match poop to pooch
Diabetics, say goodbye to pre-meal shots
Whether you've got hundreds to spend or zillions, we've got an office set-up you'll love to come home to
Water and fertilizer are just the beginning--especially when the field is brand new.
Conceptual shelters that will protect us all from the perils of our rapidly changing environment: rising waters, extreme heat, rampant pollution and overpopulation
Reporting from the Gulf, an offshore oil rig worker finds mundanity, a complacent obsession with safety, and the doom beneath it all
One full week of keeping track of absolutely everything, to see if gamification can net you a win in the game of life
Adorable munchkins fundamentally misunderstand how times passes.
Balancing holiday magic with the cold, hard truth.
Holiday wish lists of 50 years ago looked a lot like today's: classic toys enhanced by cutting-edge tech
Embryologist Irina Polejaeva talks about the successes and challenges of cloning performance horses
Two teens launch a business, and it flaps.
A little wearable parent to keep you upright
New research suggests transsexualism is indeed a genetic trait. But how conclusive is the study?
The first vaccine for one of the world's most deadly diseases is on the way
Last October, Iceland's economy tanked. Its bailout? A two-mile geothermal well drilled into a volcano that could generate an endless supply of clean energy. Or, as Icelanders will calmly explain, it could all blow up in their faces
U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield. One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
Even if we tap every renewable power source available, it won't mean a thing without a final, crucial step: reinventing the grid
To rescue the Earth, we need bold engineering ideas that go beyond simple recycling
Cellphones, microchips, cars, even iPhones—there's virtually no high-tech Western product that China's cloners can't copy. Pretty soon, you might even prefer their work
With introspective retrospection, we consider the effects of our trip on transportation in this country
That video of a supposed golden eagle snatching a toddler in a Montreal park? Yeah, that's fake. Update: Confirmed.
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.
Statistics: A study of child suicides sparks a grisly debate.
Scientists find an unexpected new source of stem cells.
Sports medicine: It's bowlegs from balls.
The (controversial) plan will go live in early 2015.
Tallest building! Longest bridge! Fastest train! Behold, the next engineering marvels to dazzle the world.
AirDat's sensors, currently installed on the nosecones of 160 commercial airplanes, beam real-time atmospheric data to forecasters
A wearable energy tracker takes the guesswork out of weight loss
A global YouTube outage is traced to a single country's censoring attempt
Arsenic-laced drinking water, lead-contaminated soils and choking air pollution are sadly just the start in some of the world's dirtiest places
Could your social networks brand you an enemy of the state?
A portable dialysis machine could liberate millions
In our all-digital economy, only the computer knows
Sticks and stones can break your bones but… names can make you commit crimes?
On the weird interactions between sex, hygiene and immunity
Chuck Cramer, consumer watchdog
New games Fable and the Sims 2 further the cause of agent-based play.
Scientists take another look at how mathematics is learned and stumble upon some provocative findings
Research shows tackling the hardest problems first could better teach children new skills
Normally, videos of somebody's kid are boring. But when the dad works with Pixar? Way less boring.
The Captain and other cereal mascots make eye contact until you accept their brand goodness into your heart.
Behind the scenes in the race to develop a military vehicle that can drive itself.
A researcher says it should be considered a real problem, but not everyone agrees