When men were men and sodas were cocaine-laced nerve tonics.
Teens may be works in progress, but they help society evolve.
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
How the presidential candidates get science wrong
Learn About These GMO Facts
UC Irvine researchers have published a model to predict how gun control affects homicide rates.
The answers to the most nagging, fascinating, and bizarre questions of the summer movie season.
When it's 115 degrees in March, it might take a Hail Mary of a solution to help us
David Keith believes strong-arm strategies could soon be our last resort for reversing record levels of carbon in the atmosphere
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
Does red wine make you live longer? Do bras cause cancer? Is sugar as addictive as cocaine and heroin? We uncover what headline-grabbing scientific studies really mean for your health
A filmmaker documents his life using a homemade video camera implanted in his prosthetic eye
We visit operating rooms, observatories, and islands full of slightly-less-than-rational monkeys to find the young geniuses who are shaping the future of science
A muscle-numbing magic wand protects cops and citizens, Jedi-style
When it comes to techie toys, 007 is our big-screen hero. Here, a retrospective look at his most impressive stuff
To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood
Researchers are zeroing in on a long-sought goal of human healing: organs that can regenerate themselves from within
We unearth the latest research that definitely, positively proves what you knew alreadyâ€”and tell you why it matters
Within 10 years, infantry soldiers will go into battle with autonomous robots close behind them. One day, they'll be fighting side-by-side
Putting Cinematic Science to the Test
A compendium of the fastest things the world has to offer, and a celebration of the technological breakthroughs that feed the rush
Scuba-trained investigators are learning protocols for examining watery graves. Rule #1 is not so high-tech: Watch out for 'gators.
Space-launched darts that strike like meteors
A gun that fires a million rounds a minute
A kinetic missile that flies at mach 7
A new rapid-fire gun could save lives rather than take them.
Here's hoping this month's release of the Hollywood sea-fighting epic Master and Commander will do justice to those magnificent men and their sailing machines. On these pages, the mightiest ships of then and now.
It's the oddest trade show on Earth: a staged prison uprising designed to spotlight high-tech antiriot gadgetry.
High-speed movie cameras can shoot up to 20 million frames in the blink of an eye. The world is a mighty interesting place in ultimate slo-mo.
9/11 fanned fears of more terror attacks by air. But our 95,000 miles of coast may be much more permeable. Here's the new defense strategy.
Who really stole the secret of the atom bomb? In this PopSci.com exclusive, the producer of the NOVA special tells us what it was like to be involved with this project.
The other Olympic competition: to create faster, lighter, more powerful equipment.
Obama also called on the private sector to develop new gun-safety technology.
Statistics: A study of child suicides sparks a grisly debate.
But all that really tells us is that we need more research.
Exploding cell phones remain rare, but counterfeits boost the risk
Policy that would make it easier to carry concealed weapons into schools could have meant “the difference between life and death for many innocent bystanders,” a spokesman for Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger said after last week's shooting at Sandy Hook. Does research bear that out?
A supersonic gun takes the ouch out of vaccine drug delivery
The organism, discovered just five years ago, is closely related to the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.
Scientists debut a computerized pistol engineered to recognize the grip of its owner
The graphic plots 99 state laws that make it easier to carry and own guns, or harder to track them.
New poll shows Tea Partiers in particular are anti-science.
Gene gun use circumvents USDA oversight
Before people will understand science, scientists must understand people.
Plus: spaceship wars
At the new International Spy Museum, you become the secret agent.
Crashing celestial bodies, without the collateral damage
Three robotic fighters already in development.
It's arson, bomb and booby trap week at one of the nation's toughest forensics schools.
DNA tags label rioters and other criminals so cops can find them "at a less confrontational time for officers."
A project aimed at producing a 3-D printed handgun stalls when the company that provided its printer rescinds its lease.
From the Popular Science archives: September 1940
The Navy´s next destroyer is two football fields long, but on radar it looks like a fishing boat
The only thing to we have to fear is fear itself. Also suffocation.
Abominable snowmen, sea serpents and dragons, oh my!
Global warming and environmental destruction are driving coyotes, bears and mountain lions out of their habitats, but that's only part of the reason why so many animals call the city home.
The leading causes of violence-related deaths, for everyone in the United States.
Stick 'em up
Lethal robots? Who thinks up this stuff? Graham Hawkes, thatâ€™s who
A breakthrough nanotech coating for cartridges in firearms can transfer hard-to-remove tags to gun offenders and better capture DNA
Using nature as a guide, geneticists build plants with qualities evolution could never produce
How earographs, invisible ink detectors, and the famed "Stamp Detective" used science to catch unsuspecting crooks.
It might not (just) be foul play.
Shots without needles
It's the ultimate nightmare: a nuclear attack in the U.S. masterminded by terrorists. Here's how that could happen-- and how we can prevent it
A peek at our nonlethal arsenal
Competition with the Large Hadron Collider heats up
Plus 3D-printed hair
Innovations in battlefield medicine are ensuring that more combatants survive. Often, the technology follows them home
Way bigger budget, way bigger needs--controlling weapons and sensors while flying a fighter plane in combat--result in way better head-up display.
A new visualization tells the story of 9,595 lives cut short by violence.
Chemist-turned-barman Eben Klemm proves that drinkmaking is no art.
The cold, hard facts
Here's how to fix it
Proof that genome size doesn't correlate with intelligence. Or DOES it?
It would be the first crop to go on sale that has been genetically altered with the enzyme
Look at this trove, treasures untold
One cocktail to rule them all
Normally, videos of somebody's kid are boring. But when the dad works with Pixar? Way less boring.
Meteorites could carry fossils between worlds, says new research
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
Methane disappears and regenerates every year, according to new study
Plus, the coolest tech in the Marvel Universe