Not just for fictional villains anymore
Snake Venom Reflects More Than 100 Million Years of Evolution
Don't be fooled by those big brown eyes.
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Plus, hairy ice
The white stuff can stick around and ruin, well, pretty much everything. That puts the officials trying to fix it on a ticking clock.
Featuring a snake whose centipede dinner tried to claw out of its body and other… interesting examples
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
The smallest of 3,100 known species, this snake is as thin as a spaghetti noodle
If fear really is all in our heads, Joseph LeDoux thinks he can eliminate it. The first step is to block out our memories
Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?
Why we sometimes become paralyzed with fear.
Meet the world's first self-cloning python.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Holy reticulated snake spine! A fossil reveals a 2,500 pound prehistoric python (along with some surprising facts about global temperature)
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.
Mice who got nanosponge injections survived lethal doses of toxins.
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
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
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
A mass animal-hunting contest that actually, well, makes sense.
I consumed nothing but Soylent, a food-replacing beverage, for a week. Here's what happened to me (and my poop).
What makes each bear species stand out against the rest?
Looking to boost your science smarts? First test your IQ organ, then follow our 6-point brain regimen. Soon you'll be crunching bogus claims and citing stats with the best.
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.
Not so dead now, is it?
Practical jokes from invisible ink to dangling a car off a bridge
A new book explores why our bodies do the things they do
Acid, lasers, snakes—the laboratory isn't always a safe haven.
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
In his lab far from the scene of a crime, Skip Palenik forges unbreakable chains of evidence from dust & detritus. Let's watch the master at work.
In these three planet-fixing projects, eco-engineers draw inspiration from snakes and toothpaste
A satellite peers down on a hellish landscape in south-central Algeria
How Clostridium, a nasty pathogen, makes an infectiously delicious confection
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Within 10 years, infantry soldiers will go into battle with autonomous robots close behind them. One day, they'll be fighting side-by-side
Snow White totally could have happened
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?
Using nature as a guide, geneticists build plants with qualities evolution could never produce
Maybe, if you're really prepared. But it's not going to be an especially smooth flight.
How a furry-convention-attending, Midwestern-accented fox owner teamed up with a bizarre Floridian exotic animal importer and a Soviet geneticist to bring pet foxes to your living room.
Explore the things that keep humanity up at night—and learn why they haunt us.
This winter a new technology promises to keep ice off the pavement and rock salt off your car
Salty sweat may leave trace fingerprints on metal
Last December, Felisa Wolfe-Simon announced the discovery of a microbe that could change the way we understand life in the universe. Soon she found herself plunged into a maelstrom of bitter backlash and intemperate criticism. A dispatch from the frontiers of the new peer review
The tiniest frog, a bioluminescent cockroach and more
How a mild-mannered children's celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.
Fascinating fecal science.
The key is a crispy exterior and a soft interior.
A Japanese woman has been recognized as the oldest woman on the planet, at age 114. Very impressive! But these six animals would scoff at a mere 114-year-old.
For the advanced kitchen chemist, or the merely curious-discover the high-tech appetizers, entres and desserts behind today's culinary revolution
These mysterious creatures exist today more or less unevolved from the forms they had hundreds of millions of years ago
Out of the wild
In one of the most isolated places on Earth, sealed off for 15 million years, life teems. Some of it may be animal life.
5 strategies for beating antibiotic resistance
Research professor Jenny Stynoski doesn't flinch from venomous snakes, poisonous frogs, or solo trips to the jungle at night. Tropical banana spiders, on the other hand...
If you cheat on your spouse, you can't yet plead biochemistry in divorce court. But rodent-brain research sheds light on why some lovers stay, some stray.
Some monkey business in a Duke University lab suggests we'll soon be able to move artificial limbs, control robotic soldiers, and communicate across thousands of miles--using nothing but our thoughts.
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.
These down-and-dirty labors are hard, dangerous, and outright gross—and people love them anyway
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
The threat of zombies, venomous octopuses, and pythons, and what we can learn from them
Why just rebuild the Crescent City when we can reinvent it? Here, the complete plan for riding out a category-5 storm
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.
An important science question AND a cute cat video.
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.
Twenty-five curious, mysterious, or otherwise beguiling destinations to satisfy your inner science-history geek
People pass away in some weird ways, and a national database lets us seem all of them.
Energy: Some say it's too big a job, but scientists would sure like to try.
Low-carb dieters lose brain function as well as poundage
Not bad for a microbe
As the U.S.'s premier particle physics machine retires, the search for the Higgs falls to the Large Hadron Collider alone
Depending on who you ask, these long-ignored, widely-scattered elements are either a dealbreaker or no problem at all
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
Do they also have snake oil for sale?
Behold the majesty of lasers
A new book looks at the science of what we like
Tweaking texture could give us healthy versions of our favorite junk foods—and that's just the beginning
Chase the sun somewhere fun.
Snakes on a plane.
As climate change intensifies, architects, designers, and scientists are devising better ways to deal with almost anything nature throws our way.
Be grateful, dear reader, that someone else does the hard, dangerous and downright grody work involved in truly audacious science
Ted Berger has spent the past decade engineering a brain implant that can re-create thoughts. The chip could remedy everything from Alzheimerâ€™s to absent-mindednessâ€”and reduce memory loss to nothing more than a computer glitch
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
They're not snakes. One species lives right by LAX.