But you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
Time is subjective.
Playing with time.
The treadmill works out your brain, too.
It's trickier than it looks.
Understanding where the insects travel will help biologists better track their overall population levels.
Do you pass out when you get your blood drawn? You're not the only one.
To reach the bottom of all five oceans, this Texas businessman commissioned “the most significant vehicle since Apollo 11.”
The pigments morph because of the Munker-White illusion.
We still don't understand why we see the particular images we do.
Our entire visual field is not made the same.
Forced perspective takes control over the way our brains interpret size.
Scientists still aren't sure why brain training only works for some people.
Excerpt: The Edumacation Book
Batteries not required.
My primary focus is searching for undiscovered species—mostly white, eyeless crustaceans.
They entertained you for entire minutes at the dentist's office.
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
Snakes on a plane.
The perceived clock-stoppers.
Our brains have some pretty inaccurate maps of our body.
Chase the sun somewhere fun.
What's cooler than the Arctic ocean? The sharks that live there.
But they don't come from outer space.
Upside down lightning is a seemingly rare weather event.
A shape-shifting optical illusion.
Virtual renderings, made from drone maps, could help with real science
Don't let your small bladder keep you off schedule
Air: It's one of the world's most important, least understood, and possibly life-saving substances
Journey (not quite) to the center of the Earth
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
How a mild-mannered children's celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.
Unraveling a mystery about a spider that makes spider-shaped decoys in its web.
Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.
What does it take to become a citizen astronaut?
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.
A wolf--maybe--has bitten a teenaged camper in Minnesota, in what could be the first wolf attack ever recorded in the lower 48 states.
Thinking about a science degree? Consider a lab where research meets white-knuckled adventure
Can a crew of scientists and volunteers armed with homemade trackers save sharks from extinction?
Twenty-five curious, mysterious, or otherwise beguiling destinations to satisfy your inner science-history geek
Predictions for how we will live and work—on Earth or in space—in the decades and centuries to come
2312 is available on Amazon.
Abaddon's Gate is available on Amazon.
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
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.
From our archive: a reporter's LSD trip, a guide to getting high during Prohibition, and more
With a decade of war winding down, post-traumatic stress disorder is an increasingly urgent problem. Will the Army's efforts work?
Could the secret to breakthrough science be as simple as having fun?
Dogs, cats, chimps, and more!
How a furry-convention-attending, Midwestern-accented fox owner teamed up with a bizarre Floridian exotic animal importer and a Soviet geneticist to bring pet foxes to your living room.
The unmanned probe will take off in 2015 from Russia's brand new launch site.
Sci-fi movies should bend the rules to impress audiences, but they can't play people for complete fools. Review the most science-distorting movies of 2012 in this gallery.
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?
Out of the wild
A 15-mile free fall, a tennis match at 3,000 feet, and more daredeviling from the archives
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
These elite nuclear divers are risking their lives to help save a troubled industry.
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
Last May, a massive tornado leveled Joplin, Missouri. Was it chance, or a warning of things to come?
A trip to the New Museum's Carsten Höller exhibit, where up literally becomes down
Not your rainy afternoon trip to the science museum
The limits of travel are defined not by what vehicles can do, but by what vehicles can do to us. So how much can we take?
On the bright side, that's sooner than others suggest
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
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
The Big Question: How many people will it infect this year?
The world's most prestigious universities have begun posting entire curricula on the Web—for free. Is there such a thing as a free higher-education lunch? I enrolled to find out
The Eiffel Tower? Predictable. Space Mountain? Kid stuff. This summer, wow the family with reality instead. Visit atom smashers, corpse farms and other wild scientific hotspots
The finalists will go on to Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Popular Science's fifth annual survey of just how bad it gets
During a week of attempting to cloak every aspect of daily life, our correspondent found that in an information age, leaving no trace is nearly impossible
Around the world, scientists are risking their lives to retrieve seeds destined for a massive vault near the North Pole. Their work just might save mankind
Forget lab coats and beakers: in this gallery of breathtaking images, we celebrate the visually pleasing side of scientific enquiry
Cellphones, microchips, cars, even iPhones—there's virtually no high-tech Western product that China's cloners can't copy. Pretty soon, you might even prefer their work
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
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood
The man behind the world's most powerful camera confronts killer viruses, nude sunbathers and the San Diego Padres
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
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.
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.
Free dive to 55 feet? No sweat. It's the return trip that could kill you.
They're all in a day's work for Paul Sipiera.
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.
What's it like to grow up with a mother who is a distinguished physicist and the sister of one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century? In the month of Mother's Day, Popular Science News Editor Charles Hirshberg remembers.
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.
Society has been fighting the plague of addictions without knowing how drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol hot-wire the brain's pleasure response. Now researchers may be closing in on a magic bullet.
With introspective retrospection, we consider the effects of our trip on transportation in this country
Flashbacks do occur, but very rarely.