Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Turns out, I'm hip to a new trend.
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Scientists still aren't sure why brain training only works for some people.
You might even make a major discovery.
Topics included the opioid crisis, nuclear weapons, and "beautiful clean coal."
Scientists are turning to microbes to manufacture scents and flavors
Bacteria have bonded carbon and silicon for the first time. What can they teach us?
It's not as weird as you'd think
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
Spoiler: It still includes long walks on the beach
A new book looks at the science of what we like
Bringing us one step closer to a quantum Internet
Now science on how holes form
From reviving extinct species to hunting for dark matter, can a single scientist transform biology--and our lives?
Read the full issue online now.
Imagine Science Films teams up with a neuroscientist to discuss mind and motion at the 2014 World Cup.
CERN physicists have made a particle that likely existed for just a microsecond after the Big Bang.
We wish these were April Fools pranks.
With the upcoming release of the major motion picture Europa Report, a couple of Jet Propulsion Lab scientists explain how science fiction has evolved in response to our growing understanding of space.
A botched lobotomy left 27-year-old Henry Molaison unable to form new memories. This is how Molaison's personal tragedy became science's gain.
It's a fact of the archaeological record: Modern humans survived and Neanderthals did not. Why? And what does it teach us about our own survival?
Microbes on the ocean bottom ate iron forged in the heart of a dying star
76 years ago today, the Hindenburg crashed over New Jersey, killing 35 people and ending the era of the airship. From the Popular Science archive, what it would have been like to travel the world in a Zeppelin.
For one thing, there would be a glut of aspiring cinematographers and sound designers.
The controversial exoplanet Fomalhaut b has been spotted, and it's even stranger than we'd thought.
New study challenges the theory that an exploding star provided the impetus for our solar system.
A forensic chemist at a Massachusetts crime lab was arrested for tampering with drug evidence recently. A bad egg or the product of perverse incentives?
Scientists in the UK injected dogs with cells grown from the lining of their noses, which continually regenerates.
Why do we have fingerprints? How long can trees live? Why do cats purr? Artists illustrate humanity's most burning scientific questions.
The amount of water on Earth is fixed, but everything else is changing fast
How we covered the Scopes Monkey Trial, the discovery of Java Man, the Piltdown Man hoax, and milestones in the history of evolutionary theory
How earographs, invisible ink detectors, and the famed "Stamp Detective" used science to catch unsuspecting crooks.
Just how this idea could backfire
It's too late for Pluto, but you can help prevent the Milky Way from being reclassified as a "galactisimal"
What's on the moon? Here are the "midget-sun hypothesis," lunar snow, and more wild speculations we made prior to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969
Armed with better batteries and stronger materials, new submersibles aim to go deeper than ever before and open up the whole of the unexplored ocean to human eyes
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
Steven Chu, the new U.S. secretary of energy, is a Nobel-winning physicist and an unabashed advocate of fighting climate change. But can he negotiate the political realities of transforming the energy economy?
Economists find loyalty and sacrifice prevailed among Union soldiers with similar backgrounds
Reanimating lifeless organs brings new hope for the millions on transplant waiting lists
How science is rebuilding you, bit by bit
Scientists forge the darkest matter ever created by humans
In the first-ever public test of artificial muscle, in March a high-school girl arm-wrestled three devices powered by the material. See how well she fared
Whoâ€™s got the edge?
The 2004 Popsci Design Competition
It's called body packing, it's dangerous and gross, and new technology makes gut-based drug smuggling harder to spot.
A major foreign breakthrough highlights the limits placed on U.S. stem-cell researchers
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
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.
How safe can a citizen expect to be in a post 9/11 city? What technology can a city use to make its citizens safe?
What a national ID card might look like.
New drivers and balls might do what the local golf pro couldn't.
As the U.S. campaigns against terrorism, new technologies will move to the front lines.
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The 31st annual Best of What's New awards.
We've done all the rainbow chasing for you.
Cassini made its second epic ring dive on Tuesday
Securing our digital lives might require offline solutions
To make their silk threads sticky, the bugs spit out a glue laced with urea
The Primitive Technology Youtube channel has advanced to the Iron Age
We can't pick one. We just can't do it, captain...
The revolutionary explorer gets a life extension
Puffy jackets that stay warm and dry
Daughters step up to fill in the role of matriarchs who are killed for their ivory
The soot shall not settle on the British Empire
His work remains in computer design today
With the official license, Gun Media will create a sandbox style slasher game based on the classic horror film
See if you can crack the code on these medieval swords
Ouya to Ou-nah
Start-ups are marketing an unlikely new protein. It's nutrient-rich, all natural, and six-legged.
Stop fantasizing about super-smart A.I., and start worrying about dumb algorithms
Do emotional highs and lows help sell products?
This tiny console can play gaming titles like Titanfall
Take your favorite winter sport to the next level
Hackett relies on his ingenuity to turn spring steel into an edged blade.
The Hubble and James Webb space telescopes won't find life beyond the solar system. With funding and support, here's what might.
A DIY metaphor for peace
There's nothing more formulaic than karting games--but in the new LBPK, gamers are encouraged to take that formula and blow it up. We talk to the game's creators to see why creativity can spring from restriction.
Private industry needs to supercompute too. Today, Rolls Royce takes NCSA's iForge out for a spin
PopSci goes to Germany to witness the cutting edge of manufacturing
The privately-funded Japanese robot will plant a flag and, um, yeah, that's it
Make a propane-powered forge in your garage and get your hammer and anvil ready
Halo Wars brings real-time strategy to the living room
The inside account of how GM stole the Detroit auto show by hustling its Pontiac Solstice off the sketchpad and onto the stage in record time.