Scientists call it 'the first self-replicating species we've had on the planet whose parent is a computer'
The tiny single-cell plants eat, reproduce, and then sweat fuel
While their peers worry about zits, these rising young stars are designing lunar bioreactors and new cancer drugs. What did you accomplish before turning 18? Meet our eight future Edisons here
Looking for a clean fuel that grows anywhere, needs only sunlight and water, and could produce enough oil to free the U.S. from its petroleum addiction? Here´s one start-up's plan for converting oil from algae-yes, algae
To commemorate World Food Day, we look back on science's role in alleviating the hunger crisis. Whale breeding, desert sugar factories, and oyster soup capsules, yum
A step towards bio-batteries
The most complete vertebrate symbiosis ever discovered
The algae systems can capture most of the phosphorus and nitrogen in runoff
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
The lean, green tech machines of the year.
New cell transformation technique skips stem-cell intermediary stage
And what that means for the environment
Big problem, small budget? Tap the affordable talents of brainy undergrads
New research confirms a theory: high-frequency acoustic waves can be converted to light
Green technology is on the rise, but the U.S. still consumes an enormous amount of fossil fuels
Ten amazing projects built by teens.
See how scientists are learning from the most common form of life on Earth to fight cancer, produce ethanol and maybe even grow crops on the moon
Plus, what dolphins think you look like
A new pacemaker cable is impervious to MRI's magnetic waves.
In search of the perfect combustible fuel
Simple organisms pave the way to the hydrogen-fueled future
5 reasons to enjoy your ham and cheese sandwich
Biotech startups seek to replace toxic chemical inks and dyes with more sustainable living ones
With a few simple steps, this shiny beast can play your favorite TV shows and run free arcade classics
Joseph Longo's Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energyâ€”and promises to make a relic of the landfill
The first color photo of Pluto, a warm-blooded fish, and much more
Did an eruption turn Icelandic vikings into Christians?
The year's best microscope-assisted science photo wasn't actually a photograph at all, but a video.
A decades-old hypothesis gets closer to solidity.
Your August obituary of astronomer Thomas Gold implied that his oil-abundance theory is off-base, but hasn't recent research proved otherwise?
In these three planet-fixing projects, eco-engineers draw inspiration from snakes and toothpaste
How poppies do their thing
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
A radical new power plant aims to convert our dirtiest fossil fuel into clean-burning hydrogen
Our dependence on big systems--big oil, big coal--steers us away from little ones, such as biofuel made from garbage, that are transforming communities in other countries
The web is crawling with jokes, hoaxes and more insidious fakes. Digital-image experts aim to develop foolproof detection tools, but until then, seeing is not believing
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
Magnet-based wind turbine tech moves forward with GE investment
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
Plus Stan Lee with Grumpy Cat
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
At the new International Spy Museum, you become the secret agent.
We go remote-control deep-sea fishing with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Chinese researchers have developed a new technique for isolating kidney cells from urine and turning them into neural progenitors. Not as gross as it sounds!
Parents were told the rice contained beta carotene, but weren't informed that it was thanks to genetic engineering.
A new pilot project in central California could lead to the first commercial sugar beet biofuel plant in the U.S.
Therapeutic ultrasound can now blast and cut with targeted precision.
In a new study, iron-oxidizing microbes give fresh meaning to the phrase "living off the grid," and provide fresh hope as a potential biofuel.
New data suggests logging could release large amounts of previously ignored carbon into the atmosphere.
The science of jumping higher
Researchers have captured sound from an artificial atom
The biology of having just one more slice of pie
To chaotically combine particles, you need a lot of space ... and a lot of power
Technique to create alcohol from thin air has applications in renewable energy
Regulation is lagging behind industry.
Devices that harness brain or nerve impulses to help patients see, hear, move, and communicate are already available -- though for now they remain relatively primitive.
Modified military Humvees, now in testing, turn diesel exhaust into fresh drinking water for soldiers
A DOD-backed project would give ships a regenerating slime layer to help shed unwanted marine life
2011 is shaping up to be a great year for science. Here's what to look forward to
In part, we're really just going back to our caveman roots.
How about them apples? Them apples are older than you think.
After you stop spinning, the fluid in your inner ear keeps swirling around for a few moments.
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
After a lifetime of making racecars go faster, Bruce Crower's new engine uses steam to squeeze more mileage from gas
Scientists are building ultra-cold systems that mimic the most extreme edges of the universe. Can these analogues help solve the big bang's mysteries?