Just ask this poor pencil
The untapped potential of the 'world's strongest material' may not remain untapped for long.
Power your stuff like itâ€™s 1899 by building your own liquid battery
Arsenic and old manuscripts.
Light 'em up.
60 years ago this week, the modern solar cell came into being. Here's how.
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?
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
As it grows and shrinks with changing humidity, it reports data on its environment
The pigment could coat electronic implants.
It could be great for desalinating water and other applications.
Q-carbon is a girl's new best friend
Helping the Earth combat solar storms
The nation's most toxic nuke dump hopes to melt away its cleanup woes
Scientists invent super-smooth, super-small pipes that could ferry medicine into the body
Hockey: Just the Facts
Self-repairing computers! Electronic skin! Bat-wing planes! A look at the amazing stuff that's changing the world.
Six Generation III+ reactors set for the U.S.
Plus, how copper could lead to a cure for ALS
For over two centuries we have struggled to understand the scope of Afghanistan's mineral wealth. Now geologists, if they can determine what lies beneath the nation's ground, might also help bring stability to the surface
Abominable snowmen, sea serpents and dragons, oh my!
A new spin on washing on the "light cycle"
The long tale of battery evolution, starring unsuspecting frogs, pink bunnies and doomed satellites.
How can a magnet move a copper penny?
The story of how one of the most polluted waterways in America came to be located in one of the country's most expensive neighborhoods. Also: dysentery, cancer, and arsenic poisoning.
One of the biggest mysteries of physics could end with what scientists find 4,850 feet below the Black Hills of South Dakota
Free the trapped H20 for some deep-fried deliciousness.
"A Boy and His Atom" is the must-see film of the year.
Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
As part a two-year excavation in one of southeastern Armenia's caves, archeologists discovered a well-preserved brain of a young girl, announcing it as the oldest known human brain from the Old World
Technique to create alcohol from thin air has applications in renewable energy
Modified military Humvees, now in testing, turn diesel exhaust into fresh drinking water for soldiers
The tiniest tech is growing fast, and largely unregulated
Electronic sensors can make distinctions about the world far beyond what humans can do.
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
This material is 100 times lighter than styrofoam--but it's also really strong!
Music piracy? Who cares. Wait until people start copying iPhones.
John Kanzius's treatment uses radio waves and nanoparticles to zap cancerous tumors. See it in action
The boat is small, but the view is great.
Don't try it at home
Scientists really did believe that electricity might be able to bring the dead back to life.
Birth of a new city star
Need to get away from it all? Popular Science presents an exclusive tour of CSS Skywalker, an orbital resort that's a lot closer to reality than you might think
Experts go head to head on the issue of nanotech safety
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.
Finessing inherent instability is one of the joys of controlling many machines. Our man gets wet to prove the point.
The biggest sheet of nanotubing holds promise, but is it strong enough to one day lift a space elevator?
The next generation of electronics, airplanes and could be made out of incredibly strong "buckypaper"
Energy-producing microbe evolves into dramatically more efficient strain
Several of Japan's nuclear power plants are experiencing serious damage from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Here's what you need to know to understand the news, as it happens
Not your rainy afternoon trip to the science museum
First-fill American oak bourbon barrels gives this single malt its distinctive character
Charge your phone with that white stuff from the beach
The simple amulet is the oldest known example of a shift in metalworking
Bacteria have bonded carbon and silicon for the first time. What can they teach us?
Our eyes only see objects by processing light waves reflected off the object or absorbed by it.
We predicted that in "a few years hence," science would find a way to harvest the full power of the sun. We're still waiting.
Looking to boost your science smarts? First test your IQ organ, then follow our 6-point brain regimen. Soon you'll be crunching bogus claims and citing stats with the best.
Two materials currently under development--self-healing composites and "bubbloy"--could be the key to creating auto bodies that regenerate after an accident.
Depending on who you ask, these long-ignored, widely-scattered elements are either a dealbreaker or no problem at all
For one thing, there would be a glut of aspiring cinematographers and sound designers.
Dogs are the best bomb detectors we have. Can scientists do better?
A guide to the machine that could change how we screen for explosive threats
The "ionoprinting" process converts gels into machines
The science behind a soon-to-be-obsolete trick
It would burn a hole through you—and then some.
Even a double dose of the morning-after contraception isn't likely to work.
It's witchcraft science.
It's not as weird as you'd think
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.