When men were men and sodas were cocaine-laced nerve tonics.
Air: It's one of the world's most important, least understood, and possibly life-saving substances
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
A scientist stationed in Antarctica tells about the biggest scientific discovery of the year, and how to have fun at the Pole.
A roundup of the data visualizations and illustrations that best conveyed the year in science
If 5,000 birds die in a forest and no one is around to find them, does it still become a media sensation?
Also, human trials on H1N1 vaccine to start, worries about countries hoarding vaccine, and other influenza news
WHO raises H1N1 pandemic alert level to 6
The Doc plays private dick for a day and stumbles upon the secret of that deadly virus
H1N1's family tree, the first analysis of the virus, and safety tips from a guy in a gorilla costume
Winter is coming.
A gene chip spots nasty strains of bird flu in hours instead of days
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
When vaccine shortages strike, a way to use small amounts more efficiently may be the answer
An illustrated explanation of why the world's most obnoxious virus at least doesn't stick around all year.
The Big Question: How many people will it infect this year?
Potent new â€œnanofabricsâ€ repel germs and pollution to keep you healthy
Mexico returns to normal while other countries grapple with the spread of the disease. Plus, a flu blog roundup
Out of the wild
What happens to science and technology when we shut it all down?
A cautionary tale about the limitations of big data
Ever wonder why December through March is the high season for cold and flu germs? Scientists at NIH may have the answer
The Black Plague, Third Pandemic and Spanish Flu wiped out hundreds of millions; they have nothing on today's worst diseases
While the virus appears less deadly than originally thought, swine flu continues to spread
Influenza viruses kill up to 646,000 people worldwide every year.
Just make sure your sweat levels are optimal.
Science headlines in 2004
A bold plan to immunize every American against bird fluâ€”in four weeks
The controversial studies are meant to help predict what the virus will do next.
Undead viruses! Killer foxes! Soldiers who never sleep! This is no horror movie--it's today's scientists at their most daring
The free software from Google gives scientists a new world view
Scientists have succeed in replicating flu pandemic antibodies from 90 year old survivors
But still informative
The flu knows how long it has to invade our cells and spread to other humans. So new treatments could fight the virus by resetting its clock.
Flacco has a killer arm. What makes him--and other pro quarterbacks--so special?
Designed it, anyway. And pro chefs cooked it. Recommended!
As average temperatures continue to rise, wildfires in the West are projected to increase 650 percent annually
The flu was clearly on our editors' minds, but they seemed to have left the more straightforward reporting to other outlets.
A few bright points throughout the year.
Water and fertilizer are just the beginning--especially when the field is brand new.
At the North American bat convention, biologists seek ways to reduce bat deaths at wind farms
The big and bad crises that could wipe out humanity
Travel and gathering restrictions follow on the heels of disease spread
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.
Babies' genomes hold clues that can save their lives, but that same information could be used in far less noble ways. Where should we draw the line?
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
We'll get a vaccine for addiction, debate the future of nuclear power, use new tech to take on water shortages, and-just maybe-find an extra dimension or two. Happy New Year
Popular Science's fifth annual survey of just how bad it gets
Dr. Oz dispatches advice to one of the biggest audiences in the country. A New Yorker profile asks: Why is so much of that advice bunk?
Staphylococcus aureus has a secret mechanism to allow its evil proteins to escape antibiotic blockades
Fascinating fecal science.
Frightening as the epidemic was, worse plagues may await.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
An open letter from PopSci to President Obama about science and the future
Or some kind of downtime, at least. Two studies find negative effects for MLB players when they get worn out.
It's not going to cause massive worldwide epidemics
Computational modelling suggests human land use leads to more infection at sea
The holidays are over and the weather outside is still frightful. May as well make use of it.
Revisiting the same old joint
Last May, a massive tornado leveled Joplin, Missouri. Was it chance, or a warning of things to come?
A new study suggests the practice may be sound but needs acceptance.
The bottom of the world could get down to -145 degrees this month.
How new medical tech gets injured stars off the disabled list and onto the field
Researchers are uncovering some pretty strange culprits behind the obesity epidemic—everything from air-conditioning to infectious love handles
A new drug could foil any outbreak
Virologists are ending their worldwide bird-flu research hiatus, but they need approval from U.S. funding agencies.
As corn supplies dry up, green stuff from the sea could feed livestock
Researchers hope to find a microbial route to lower mosquito populations
Researchers have discovered a new infection risk inside the body
The creator of the Segway is one of the most successful and admired inventors in the world. He leads a team of 300 scientists and engineers devoted to making things that better mankind. But he's not done
Some animals and plants stand to gain plenty.