Scientists are finally unspooling how spider silk works.
Charred flatbread found in a fireplace dates back to 14,400 years ago.
This new way of looking at cells is revolutionizing biochemistry.
The frog that laid the golden egg.
Our 10 favorite images of the week
Researchers Propose A Bacterial Toxin May Be Partly Responsible for A Variety of Diseases
Improved imaging technology helps scientists understand the relationship between a nucleus and the rest of the cell
Plus, some of the other astonishing finalists
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
Plus: stunning x-rays of undersea creatures.
Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever
The virus collects in deep pockets in the intestine, and spreads from cell to cell in part by touch.
Visualizing chemistry is awesome!
Including a map of brain cancer, a closeup of a sea urchin's tooth, and more from the 2012 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge
A one-atom-wide probe scans a molecule to get the view.
And what really makes curly hair different than straight hair?
Tiny nanoparticles are a huge part of our lives, for better or for worse.
Bombarded with electrons and sealed in a vacuum, the noble tick survived the ordeal
Hacking the electron microscope
Could sulfur-based microbes live on Mars?
The most complete vertebrate symbiosis ever discovered
New technology breaks the theoretical limit on how small we can see
This year, shop SciMall for glowing rodents, animal guillotines, and more
Findings could lead to better batteries
The Secretary of Energy is still publishing
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.
An annual photo competition highlights the best of the best in light microscopy-from tiny diatoms to fluorescent zebra fish brains
Winners of the Nikon's annual Small World competition represent the best in through-the-microscope photography
His device lets him look inside the brain to see where memories reside.
Chemist turned stylist etches 3-D text onto human hair.
According to the laws of physics, the world should not exist. To explain why we're here, scientists are recreating the universe's fiery beginnings by pitting matter against antimatter and watching them annihilate.
Amazing inventions of 2004
HIV, cancer, malaria, and more, up close--plus some non-killers, to show what this new microscopy system can do.
The winners of the Nikon Small World microvideography contest
Physics can't find the biggest thing in the known universe, so it's looking beyond our paltry three dimensions. Michael Moyer enters the zone of insanely hard mathematics, translates what he finds into plain English, and makes it back alive.
A new method for nanoscale spying on cells' lives.
Physicists are praying that their 4-mile-long machine will detect a tiny bit of matter so elusive that some consider it practically divine.
When Mickey or Bullwinkle falls to pieces, it's Ron Stark to the rescue!
Scientists capture the assembly of HIV in action and open the door to a new way to research disease
Artwork to ashes, microscopy to microscopy.
DNA from fish parts could lead to better TVs and cellphone displays
Sodium + chlorine = your favorite popcorn condiment (and lots of smoke and fire!)
A new way to look at brain tissue in real-time could help surgeons know they're removing all the tumor tissue in a patient's brain.
Cell biologists get observational omniscience
Could help us build better nanobots
Cloning the green goo's factories for producing light-sensitive proteins could lead to more effective treatments for certain types of blindness
Thinking of keeping a giant roach as a pet? Make sure it's infested with beneficial parasites first
Our eyes only see objects by processing light waves reflected off the object or absorbed by it.
Real-time immune attack could pinpoint new interventions, thanks to a new procedure
Dark matter makes up much of the cosmos, yet no one knows exactly what it is. Soon, physicists may finally solve one of science's biggest mysteries.
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
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
Can be used to study brain function, or just to look cool
To understand a molecule, you need to know the lay of its atoms
The year's best microscope-assisted science photo wasn't actually a photograph at all, but a video.
PopSci travels to Paris's Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers to round up the scientific instruments and machines of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Her lasers could serve as early-warning systems for terrorism.
A laser developed for radiation treatment, is also strong enough to break a record
Nanotechnology could soon allow you to sanitize your bathroom with a flip of a light switch
I remember when you were just two cells big!
It's a small world, after all
High definition meets the cytoskeleton
Scanning electron love
The pigment could coat electronic implants.
In the escalating arms race between battery power and consumption, The Cells are losing to The Gadgetsâ€”Big time. Question is, can the chemists catch up to the engineers?
Electrons' spin may give rise to a force that allows particles to interact over very long distances.
And here you thought there were just solids, liquids, and gases
Biochemist and experimental photographer Linden Gledhill coaxed some common food dyes into crystal and then turned them into art.