Views of the Milky Way provide more than just ambiance for the fecal-foraging insect.
Engineers copy a toxic-jet-spewing beetle to design better drug-delivery devices, fire extinguishers and more
The race to stop a killer, using acoustic monitoring and pheromone traps
A new study reveals how the beetle's erratic movements are a deliberate hunting strategy.
Beetle-esque frost-fighting structures could save energy
A U.S. Forest Service program tries to make lemons into lemonade.
A bacterium inside the coffee berry borer could provide clues as to how to fight it
Reis embraces mechanical failures.
Put on some tunes, spread out the food
A "offers web-like support"
Catch a glimpse
Good ideas vs. stupid ones, beetle vs. beetle, shark vs. whale
One genus of South African dung beetle traded flying for a ridiculous-looking run.
The Ig Nobel Prizes are in! Here are the winners of the strangest science awards of the year.
Cassie and Jesse set sail.
What's the greatest threat to our species' continued existence? Take a look in the mirror.
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
Be grateful, dear reader, that someone else does the hard, dangerous and downright grody work involved in truly audacious science
Environmental management: An organic method of detoxing the Andes.
The crazy critters astound us once again
Prosthetic arms improve; narwhal tusks are as neat as ever
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
Or, which pepper will make the most hilarious YouTube video when you film yourself eating it?
Locust swarms to bring out the fear of god
The story is in the poop
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
What if insects just couldn't climb into your house?
The winners of this year's Ig Nobels figured out that Viagra gets rid of hamsters' jet lag, counted the bugs in our beds and developed a "gay bomb"
Analysis of swallowed plant material sheds new light on Oetzi the Iceman
Mirano makes science high fashion. His clothing has featured beetle wings, galactic sparkles, and actual meteorites.
A Beetle by Any Other Name
Bugs, lasers, and more at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America
Close-up photos of weevils' "torture phalluses"
Insects are ravaging North American forests like never before, and NASA satellites are watching the landscape change.
Revisiting the same old joint
He discovered the secret to ultrafast computing in the shell of a beetle
The pressure to green-up the Olympics builds with each games, forcing the host cities to get creative. Like using beetle-chewed wood for your skating center's roof
We go remote-control deep-sea fishing with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
A filmmaker documents his life using a homemade video camera implanted in his prosthetic eye
The most dangerous pollutant might not even be known yet.
Plus: zoology's most wanted.
Food-science expert McGee and adventurous culinary technologist Dave Arnold invite PopSci to sample rotten fish
The material was inspired by bombardier beetles.
He just needs to get it to them
Take no pictures, leave no footprints
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
Applications are open for their Science Ambassador Scholarship
Its fragrance mimics honeybee alarm pheromones
Deep in caverns around the world, bacteria are laboring to make antibiotics we can discover and use for ourselves.
Researchers also finally figured out why Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings have so many of these pimples.
Animals (including humans) are constantly adapting to their environments. Here are ten reminders that this incredible process is constant—not limited to the distant past
Quotations from Einstein reveal that he was not only brilliant but fearless and self-effacing.
Attempting to be as effective as animals
The annual celebration of the year's silliest science starts at 5:40 p.m.
An invisible world of microbes
This is one fast invertebrate
Unraveling a mystery about a spider that makes spider-shaped decoys in its web.
Happy 155th birthday to unsung female biologist
Bust out the bug repellant
New research suggests we've been looking at their bones all wrong.
A belly isn't a big deal when you're eating 5,000 calories a day and lifting more than 1,000 pounds.
Nanobots, magnetic beads, and bird bands.
Meet the wee, multilegged chefs behind the world's most sought-after loaves.
New research strengthens the link between physical attributes and baby-making potential
Does physical strength lead to conservative beliefs?
In a toe-to-toe matchup between the two most physically powerful sci-fi characters to hit the screen since Superman, who will emerge as the strongest?
The next generation of electronics, airplanes and could be made out of incredibly strong "buckypaper"
The answers to the most nagging, fascinating, and bizarre questions of the summer movie season.
John Hillman put a concrete arch inside a plastic case to build stronger, longer-lasting bridges
1926 sports aficionados give their opinions on why women can't reach the "masculine standard"
The storms are far from over.
Both the Atlantic and Pacific areas saw a record number and intensity of storms.
In lieu of a written language, the Inca communicated through construction.
German-created steel fasteners can withstand loads of more than 38 tons per square meter, hook and unhook without tools
The precise tuggability of a piece of mozzarella must not be left indeterminate
Ancient daggers carved from femurs were pretty fierce.
In this piece from 1921, PopSci subjects the Sultan of Swat to a battery of scientific tests hoping to discover the secret behind his superhuman swing
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.