Ten of the brightest minds in science fiction imagine how we will live—on Earth and beyond—in the decades and centuries to come.
Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.
Excerpt: Mendeleyev's Dream
More than 400 books that helped create evolutionary biology have been re-assembled into an online library
At the dawn of Prohibition, the future of happy hour looked bleak, but PopSci's archives reveal that within every speakeasy resides a science lab, and within every bootlegger, an unlikely inventor or chemist
And how they stay so cozy in the cold
Looking to cities around the world for inspiration
The story is in the poop
Sorting through microfossils at the LaBrea Tar Pits.
Epidemiology: The government may let you have a smallpox injection, if you choose. Should you get one?
Behind the scenes in the race to develop a military vehicle that can drive itself.
The new film's science is even more confused than the plot.
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
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Jellyfish invasions, Internet auctions, god particles: Read about the year's biggest science stories before they happen. Bonus: How to decipher geeky jargon and when to buy a DeLorean
Infectious diseases: A rogues' gallery of the germs that laugh at the best drugs we've got.
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.
Three new e-noses use three different methods to sniff out everything from freon to fatty acids
One might change the way we treat cancer for good.
Safeplugs are cheap and would go a long way toward saving money, energy and lives. So why aren't we all using them?
The caveman diet, barefoot running, co-sleeping: We spend an awful lot of time trying to live like our ancestors. Here's why that logic is wrong.
Vino without veritas
The future of online mapping tools? Yes please
From arsenic to Prozac to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.
Slamming hulking prey on the ground and impaling them with sabers is tough work
Swings in temperature are what the MJO does best.
Obesity is booming, yet there are only two medications approved for long-term weight loss. Why is it so hard to make a diet pill that works? For one thing, evolution hates diets
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?
A new book sheds light on the animals that go bump in the night
A new way to lose fat, gain it, and even turn it into medicine
Bad singers either don't know it—or do, but sing anyway
Researchers put students' bad behaviors to the test
Democrats abandon hope of passing bipartisan bill this summer
As nations around the world rush to reconsider their nuclear plans, nuclear experts look toward a future of smaller, safer reactors designed to greatly reduce the likelihood of a Fukushima-sized catastrophe
Glow coral, glow.
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
A sanguinary luncheon for laboratory insects
We asked a bunch of our favorite people about their holiday plans
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
A Weirdest Thing holiday spectacular.
Magnet-based wind turbine tech moves forward with GE investment
For one thing, there would be a glut of aspiring cinematographers and sound designers.
Gather 'round, ye flea-bitten cockroaches, fer a pirate's tale o' treasure an' science.
And what that means for the environment
And here you thought there were just solids, liquids, and gases
An excerpt from the book
Scientists say we're ill-prepared for devastating tsunamis.
No more pencils, no more books: With PopSci's guide to the best continuing-ed programs on the Web, you can lose the paper and still gain a grade-A education
Arsenic-laced drinking water, lead-contaminated soils and choking air pollution are sadly just the start in some of the world's dirtiest places
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Gas hydrates: Alaska's largely untapped alternative energy source
Google, eBay, FedEx have already started using Bloom Boxes
Understanding how the brain perceives the passage of time could lead to treatments for mental illnesses. Why does time seem to slow down during a life-threatening situation? Our reporter falls 15 stories to find out
Will we grow babies outside their mothers' bodies?
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
With so many problems with our oceans--and solutions to them--it can be tricky to know where to start. So we asked the experts
With the release of the DSM-5 this month, psychotherapist Gary Greenberg questions whether psychiatry's diagnostic Bible can truly get at the nature of mental suffering.
The Parks and Recreation star talks about tinkering.
Virtual renderings, made from drone maps, could help with real science
Science's greatest weakness is also its greatest strength
A natural technique helps keep hop crops safe from a nasty disease
Researchers find troublesome influenza viruses close to home.
Research suggests the use of chemical dispersants hinders oceanic microbes responsible for natural cleanup
FDA wants to make this official and recently asked to know more
The recent State of Emergency declared in Florida is just the latest in a long history of troubles
Researchers have revealed why users are so much more prone to disease
5 strategies for beating antibiotic resistance
Running shoes are laced with confusing technology. Here's how to score a perfect fit.
How did PopSci find its high-tech cities, and how does your rate?
Two angles on the world's most dangerous high-altitude, high-tech daredevil stunt.
Revising the standard diagnostic manual for 2012 means revising our notions of mental normality
The world's first human-robot arm-wrestling match shows off the potential of a new material that someday could power machines--and even human limbs and organs
Conceptual shelters that will protect us all from the perils of our rapidly changing environment: rising waters, extreme heat, rampant pollution and overpopulation
Hurricane Sandy wasn't a "superstorm." Not because it wasn't a "super" "storm," but because "superstorm" is an imaginary scare-term that exists exclusively for shock value.
NASA is watching closer than ever as another space rock gives Earth a close shave. Soon, we'll get even closer as a new spacecraft visits an asteroid.
Real-time immune attack could pinpoint new interventions, thanks to a new procedure
From the April 1981 issue of Popular Science: "When scientists finally detect a form of energy they have never seen, they will open a new era in astronomy."
Where no human has gone before
Bogus science and health claims are rampant--and these self-styled vigilantes are after the perps.
Our reporters deliver the latest on autonomous vehicles.
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.
The military's integrated system finally catches up to--and in some cases surpasses--civilian all-weather apparel and equipment.