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.
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Three PopSci editors share the freakiest facts they could find.
Not just for fictional villains anymore
For the advanced kitchen chemist, or the merely curious-discover the high-tech appetizers, entres and desserts behind today's culinary revolution
Featuring a snake whose centipede dinner tried to claw out of its body and other… interesting examples
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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?
Even crops like rice and wheat might be grown in imperfect conditions.
Why we sometimes become paralyzed with fear.
Italian scientists analyzed the microbial colonization on a historic easel painting.
Meet the world's first self-cloning python.
Holy reticulated snake spine! A fossil reveals a 2,500 pound prehistoric python (along with some surprising facts about global temperature)
Mice who got nanosponge injections survived lethal doses of toxins.
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
A mass animal-hunting contest that actually, well, makes sense.
What makes each bear species stand out against the rest?
What's it like to grow up with a mother who is a distinguished physicist and the sister of one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century? In the month of Mother's Day, Popular Science News Editor Charles Hirshberg remembers.
Master brewers fine-tune strains of yeast to craft the perfect beverage.
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.
In these three planet-fixing projects, eco-engineers draw inspiration from snakes and toothpaste
Researchers also finally figured out why Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings have so many of these pimples.
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
We asked a bunch of our favorite people about their holiday plans
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.
The long tale of battery evolution, starring unsuspecting frogs, pink bunnies and doomed satellites.
The tiniest frog, a bioluminescent cockroach and more
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.
These mysterious creatures exist today more or less unevolved from the forms they had hundreds of millions of years ago
Out of the wild
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.
Like a volcano, but with a garden hose
Sorry, but brewer's yeast did not evolve for you.
Our favorite six-second science bites from the discontinued video service
The threat of zombies, venomous octopuses, and pythons, and what we can learn from them
An important science question AND a cute cat video.
Junk food has a new meaning
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.
As the U.S.'s premier particle physics machine retires, the search for the Higgs falls to the Large Hadron Collider alone
You wouldn't want to bring out sherry or dried fruit tones in your giant box of chardonnay, would you?
Do they also have snake oil for sale?
Behold the majesty of lasers
Because who isn't fed up with sticky ice cream fingers?
Snakes on a plane.
They're not snakes. One species lives right by LAX.
We are very excited to learn about how snakes get to know each other, and also to be kind of weirded out.
A new energy method could trigger a risky side effect
The future of test tube babies is one step closer to being motherless
There may be a lot more biological diversity on Earth than meets the eye.
The explanation for the infestation.
Keeping up with the droneses
A theoretical spoiler below
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
This snake-like â€™bot detects damage to underground power cables so people donâ€™t
America is haunted by 100,000 missing persons and 40,000 unidentified sets of remains. Only one lab can truly connect the lost and the dead—and it's revealing the secrets of serial killers in the process
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Scientists deploy genetic forensics to protect overhunted animals
Deadly fake drugs are everywhere. Here's the new tech to bust them.
Our favorite science images of the week
Environmental management: An organic method of detoxing the Andes.
A word with the nation's biggest petascale supercomputer
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
Guess the species (either common or Linnaean) by tweeting at us--we're @PopSci--and get your name listed right here! Plus eternal glory, obviously. UPDATE: We have a winner!
Our dangerously depleted supply of spacecraft fuel just got a little bump from the Department of Energy.
Guess the species (either common or Linnaean) by tweeting at us--we're @PopSci--and get your name listed right here! Plus eternal glory, obviously. Update: We have a winner!