The pigment could coat electronic implants.
Scientists really did believe that electricity might be able to bring the dead back to life.
60 years ago this week, the modern solar cell came into being. Here's how.
Self-repairing computers! Electronic skin! Bat-wing planes! A look at the amazing stuff that's changing the world.
Just ask this poor pencil
Helping the Earth combat solar storms
Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.
As it grows and shrinks with changing humidity, it reports data on its environment
Depending on your definition of 'metal'
"Smart skin" holds promise for morphing wings and wearable computers.
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
Joseph Longo's Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energyâ€”and promises to make a relic of the landfill
This material is 100 times lighter than styrofoam--but it's also really strong!
Take a look at a few of cinema's most mind-boggling moments of scientific inaccuracy-plus a few rare films that manage to get things (mostly) right
In the new film The Wolverine, everyone's favorite genetic anomaly loses his ability to self-regenerate. Here are some of the things he should fear the most.
Helping radical scientific advances break out of the lab
Once upon a time, the mantra for scientific success was "Think big." Nowadays, it's all about the ongoing mission to make things really, really small. Here, a look at the latest in Lilliputian developments
Salty sweat may leave trace fingerprints on metal
Mercury used to be lots of funâ€”before we knew that it could kill you. Hereâ€™s how several pounds of it made the first electric motor spin
Excerpt: Mendeleyev's Dream
The tiniest tech is growing fast, and largely unregulated
Electronic sensors can make distinctions about the world far beyond what humans can do.
These ten awe-inspiring science projects range from the world's largest undersea observatory to the "ultimate microscope" to a Jupiter orbiter on a suicide mission--but they're all massive, often in both size and scope
Franklin is all about energy and climate, as well as interplay between the two. Today, it's hunting for fossil fuels--and considering the consequences of burning them
Nanopore technology that lets your computer read your chromosomes
The next generation of artificial limbs-fused directly to human bone and commanded by the brain-promises effortless, natural motion. It can't come soon enough for the newest group of prosthetics wearers: U.S. soldiers
Ten amazing projects built by teens.
It's virtually impossible.
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
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?
Your cellphone does not in itself cause cancer. But in the daily sea of radiation we all travel, there may be subtler dangers at work, and science is only just beginning to understand how they can come to affect people like Per Segerbäck so intensely
Rewiring the brain to battle seizures, blindness, and more
A new study finds potentially harmful levels of heavy metals in commonly used lipsticks and glosses.
A gun that fires a million rounds a minute
* that's a big, fat "might"
Two desktop-printer engineers quit their jobs to search for the ultimate source of endless energy: nuclear fusion. Could this highly improbable enterprise actually succeed?
Not every student falls asleep at the thought of doing another lab. For a fortunate few, homework means setting off bombs, making lightning, crashing cars, and unleashing 100mph winds. Come meet the luckiest students in the country inside (with video)
Metallic surface altered by laser can reflect any wavelength or cause water to defy gravity.
So an industrial accident has blanketed your countryside in millions of cubic feet of caustic sludge. Now what?
And he's answering your questions on Reddit
A cut above the rest
A 21st century electric-car revival is under way. But the first challenge—building a cheap, safe, powerful battery—is the hardest
The fleet will later 3-D print parts in space.
An illuminating study on a very strange demise
New Mexico's high desert is a hotbed for electrical storms. Where better to camp among 400 lightning rods?
Depending on who you ask, these long-ignored, widely-scattered elements are either a dealbreaker or no problem at all
Materials science: Searching for coatings that change colors and touch themselves up.
A buyer's guide to harnessing the energy of the sun
New research confirms a theory: high-frequency acoustic waves can be converted to light
Mouse milk (for people), spider-goats, pain-free cattle, and nine more
A new nanoparticle material conducts electricity even when stretched to twice its original length.
Turning trash into a lifesaver
New designs and materials will make future skyscrapers sturdier, safer, and smarter.
St. Lucie County undertakes an ambitious plan to use plasma technology for converting enough trash to power 50,000 homes
Sensors in the helmet detect dangerous overheating
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
From harvesting energy to building networks, nature has been solving problems for billions of years longer than humans have
Flesh and titanium merge via a design inspired by deer antlers.
We know diamonds are the hardest, but determining the softest stuff on the planet is complicated.
Antibacterial clays can kill antibiotic-resistant E. coli and MRSA, researchers found.
There's gold in them leaves!
You don't even have to try. The things you do as a matter of course can have grievous ecological effects
You know bacon is delicious, but did you know it contains enough energy to melt metal?
Using metal chips and light, clinicians will be able to detect viruses in even rural medical clinics
On its 150th anniversary, a chemist looks back at the various tables we almost ended up with.
Chuck Cramer, consumer watchdog
Seven ways to dive farther, swim faster, and avoid confrontations with nature.
The Everglades are on the cusp of the largest ecological restoration in history. We head out to survey the key to its success.
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.
When a 747 gets struck by lightning, it might be more shocking for the onlookers than the passengers
Confident a co-worker has a tendency to retain water? Bet against him on the Tanita Innerscan BC-350's body water line (and then make sure he chugs his beverage at lunch)
An interview with Peter J. Bentley, PhD, author of The Science of Why S*hit Happens
To rescue the Earth, we need bold engineering ideas that go beyond simple recycling
Western architects have grand plans for helping China solve its expanding environmental crisis. But the world's dirtiest country already has the power to clean up all on its own
To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood
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
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Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course