A physicist explains why and how we redefined a basic unit of measure.
See how the country stacked up in a recent National Science Foundation quiz.
This technique can even identify the drink's origin, blend, age, and taste.
You think you know, but you have no idea
Making a sticky situation even stickier
Lesson 1: We may or may not need no education.
The average drinker can't
The science of how a spirit gets better over time
Immortalize the scent of a dead relative
Or, how to distill 11,000 pages of text into a single graphic
NASA's history, in its own words
He just needs to get it to them
Short answer: Not if we get creative.
Can software distill mayhem into a database?
Master brewers fine-tune strains of yeast to craft the perfect beverage.
It's not too late to upstage those smug Doctor Who fans.
Scientific proof that love is a sweet, sweet thing
A brief history of the foundation of life, distilled to its foundation.
A project at the British Library seeks to chemically analyze that old-book smell to help librarians determine what they need to do to preserve aging collections.
The creations of this London bartender are among the tastiest marriages of art and science. In his new book, he reveals some secrets.
The food experimenters who publish Cook's Illustrated have put together a cookbook featuring 50 kitchen science lessons every home cook should know. We put some to the test.
Also disinfectant, crude oil, Sharpies, synthetic insulin...
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
Preserved in Antarctica since 1907, the Scotch that Ernest Shackleton drank is now available in stores
At the dawn of Prohibition, the future of happy hour looked bleak, but PopSci's archives reveal that within every speakeasy resides a science lab, and within every bootlegger, an unlikely inventor or chemist
The tiny single-cell plants eat, reproduce, and then sweat fuel
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we take a look back at where it all began
The finalists will go on to Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno
Power your stuff like itâ€™s 1899 by building your own liquid battery
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
He distills the fundamental rules that govern birds, bees . . . all of nature.
Awed at the pace of technological advances, a faction of geeky writers believes our world is about to change so radically that envisioning what comes next is nearly impossible.
New databases and digital techniques are broadening the kinds of evidence available to the crime scene investigator.
As the U.S. campaigns against terrorism, new technologies will move to the front lines.
The science behind the latest (non-)drinking trend.
One seismologists's crusade to prepare our cities for the next Big One.
You can do more for your health. And it's not that hard.
Now NASA and Lockheed Martin are trying to bring supersonic flight back to the masses.
Trump's ethanol plan would be good for farmers, terrible for your lungs.
Chris Hadfield on how to make great photos from the International Space Station.
Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield on how to make great photos from the ISS
Overhydration presents a real health hazard
Next generation solar technology could drive down the cost of scrubbing salt from seawater.
Toddler smarts will drive AI innovation.
Sustainable rum? I'll drink to that!
While you're just sitting around causing fatbergs.
Make photos the old-fashioned way, from start to finish.
Can listening to storms help us understand them better?
A single mid-size hospital contributes the same emissions as 1,200 cars.
Does #NoRedOctober make sense?
A scientific party trick.
A different kind of metamorphosis
For the gardeners—and wannabe gardeners—in your life
Creep out coworkers with a witches' brew
One of 10 insane ideas that just might save the world
A new vodka comes from thin air
Just blast the barrels with the right wavelength of light
Putting the "art" in martial arts
One of the gin's botanicals is collagen. No word on whether it goes well with vermouth.
Much cheaper than missiles, once it's built
Would you prefer antiseptic smoke to cedar wood?
Diesel? Petrol? IPA?
Michael Murray turns trash into transportation
Everybody just calm down
Hackett distills some drinkable biofuel
How to hack your jack-o'-lantern
Cocktail engineers on the cutting edge are borrowing tools from laboratories and industry.
Get a lab-grade centrifuge (normally $2,000) for 50 bucks.
The concepts and prototypes include a hand-powered washing machine, a landmine-removal kit, and more
Half a dozen things you can do with a standard resealable jar
Why drones won't be taking over our wars anytime soon
Space science is Earth science
South Carolina inventor ages liquor overnight
Or is the old-fashioned way still the best?
Oil won't run the world forever, but it will for the next few decades--so how do we get from here to the next energy economy?
Hot fusion might be the answer to energy demands
Inside a high-tech laboratory that's spinning out the future of food (in a centrifuge at 13 Gs)
Even as we imagine the day when robots finally turn against us, scientists are at work on how best to control them
We talked to the Spitzer Space Telescope's visualization team about the challenges and rewards of rendering the mission's reams of non-visual data into something that catches the public eye. Plus: a gallery of their all-time favorite works
The power to quick-freeze foods with liquid nitrogen opens up exciting new horizons in the kitchen
When the world's best chefs want something that defies the laws of physics, they come to one man: Dave Arnold, the DIY guru of high-tech cooking
Radio-controlled, that is
From Buck Rogers to 007, the jetpack has fueled our greatest personal-technology fantasies. For Juan Lozano, it has inspired a lifelong obsession
Import tuners, once kid brothers to small-block chevys, have grown up.