Forget lab coats and beakers: in this gallery of breathtaking images, we celebrate the visually pleasing side of scientific enquiry
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
High-speed movie cameras can shoot up to 20 million frames in the blink of an eye. The world is a mighty interesting place in ultimate slo-mo.
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.
Producer Larry Klein takes us behind the scenes of the NOVA documentary "Why the Towers Fell", a scientific look at the American Society of Civil Engineers' report of why the World Trade Center collapsed.
Last May, a massive tornado leveled Joplin, Missouri. Was it chance, or a warning of things to come?
How California is predicting and preparing for the inevitable.
A new ice age, exploding stars, the hypothetical Doomsday Machine, and more scenarios that are almost certain to eradicate life on Earth
The 2004 Popsci Design Competition
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
The big and bad crises that could wipe out humanity
We're heading in the wrong direction.
Our reporters deliver the latest on autonomous vehicles.
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
A deadly outbreak of cholera followed the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti three years ago this week. Jonathan Katz, the only American fulltime staff reporter stationed in Haiti at the time, explains what caused the outbreak--and why it was anything but inevitable.
"When Columbia disintegrated, killing all seven astronauts, it was shades of Challenger. Will NASA be undone by its obsessive focus on the shuttle?
Columbia disaster: When Columbia disintegrated, killing all seven astronauts, it was shades of Challenger. Will NASA be undone by its obsessive focus on the shuttle?
How the world got pummeled this past year
NASA's three worst tragedies all happened this week--46, 27 and 10 years ago.
An estimated 50,000 gallons of crude oil are "missing."
The most likely damage from Mother Nature's catastrophes, in seven maps
To celebrate Earth Day, we've compiled the best images of our planet as seen from NASA's satellites.
NASA tracks natural disasters in action
Adaptation measures would strengthen local resilience to sea level rise and the next Superstorm Sandy.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy exists to provide the President with objective scientific advisement.
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
Fighting hail with chemicals, combatting tornadoes with computers, and other weather-battling techniques from the PopSci archive
In lieu of a written language, the Inca communicated through construction.
A solar disaster isn't a question of if, but when--and it looks like soon
Townsfolk fight locusts with the power of rock, Vice gets technical, and students break down geology on the M-I-C
Could sudden climate change wreak independence day-level havoc? The director of The Day After Tomorrow let us run his new disaster flick by the experts. Uh-oh.
Could sudden climate change wreak Independence Day-level havoc? The director of The Day After Tomorrow (out May 28) let us run his new disaster flick by the experts. Uh-oh.
How safe can a citizen expect to be in a post 9/11 city? What technology can a city use to make its citizens safe?
No we're not kidding, and yes that's a good thing.
Bacteria and fungi are a menace to paintings, sculptures, and ancient artifacts.
Topics included the opioid crisis, nuclear weapons, and "beautiful clean coal."
Dangerous fumes from an African lake could be the fuel of tomorrow
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
Are nuclear disasters the new normal?
Ever wondered the likelihood of dying in a natural disaster like an earthquake or hurricane? A new mapping tool shows just that
Drapeable fabric turns into solid concrete when it gets wet
Pedaling consistently churned out about 150 watts.
We actually can learn from the past
Talking it out could make us less vulnerable.
An antenna that blows up like a balloon brings satellite communications anywhere, anytime
The U.S. Geological Survey says human activities like wastewater disposal might be contributing to central Oklahoma's earthquake swarm.
That's not what we meant by population growth...
The science of fixing culinary disasters
The reactor's makeshift tomb was only supposed to last until 2001
Research linking large earthquakes to changes in the Earth's spin remains to be tested.
Protecting artifacts from entropy is no easy task.
Recent tremors in California have brought up some common misconceptions.
New electronic voting machines are supposed to prevent another Election Day disaster, but these paperless PCs could make hanging chads seem like a minor nuisance.
New designs and materials will make future skyscrapers sturdier, safer, and smarter.
Russell Breeding finds lost miners with the same tech found in guided missiles and the Nintendo Wii
Reporting from the Gulf, an offshore oil rig worker finds mundanity, a complacent obsession with safety, and the doom beneath it all
What's the greatest threat to our species' continued existence? Take a look in the mirror.
The series, Space Race, is being developed for NBC.
Around the world, scientists are risking their lives to retrieve seeds destined for a massive vault near the North Pole. Their work just might save mankind
Scientists have yet to agree on the scope of the disaster
At least not yet
2011 is shaping up to be a great year for science. Here's what to look forward to
A disaster by the numbers.
Mount Etna is having trouble keeping it together.
Engineering a precise series of ring-shaped shields to deflect earthquakes around a building
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
Why there are fewer casualties than the weaker quake that just hit Italy
As climate change intensifies, architects, designers, and scientists are devising better ways to deal with almost anything nature throws our way.
Helping the Earth combat solar storms
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From the December '67 issue: 'TV's Star Trek: How they mix science fact with fiction.'
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
In the July 1969 issue of Popular Science, a famous rocket scientist narrated the first moon landing.
Large aftershocks continue to shake the region
Plus 3D-printed hair
Grown-ups like them, too.
Anatomy of a fact check.
Just in case you didn't have enough to worry about, think about this: A random fluctuation of the vacuum of space anywhere in the universe could flip the cosmic light switch to "off."
Biological threats provide fertile plot material for books, movies and videogames
No more pencils, no more books: With PopSci's guide to the best continuing-ed programs on the Web, you can lose the paper and still gain a grade-A education
As the CDC announces the first U.S. death from the swine flu, media outlets wrestle with how to cover the outbreak
On today's hottest shows, the stars wear lab coats instead of bathing suits. We look behind the scenes at Numb3rs to see how it gets the science right-and why it sometimes needs to get it wrong
The world's first human-robot arm-wrestling match shows off the potential of a new material that someday could power machines--and even human limbs and organs
Sure, it could work, or it could also cause an earthquake or eruption