Using nature as a guide, geneticists build plants with qualities evolution could never produce
“I'd like a Category 4 cyclone with a side of storm surge, to stay, please”
Our models of where storms are going have gotten much better, but we can't really predict how strong they'll be once they get there.
The storms are far from over.
It exploded from a tropical storm to a category five in just 27 hours.
Self-medication is only the start.
Scientists want to know why it's lingering instead of crumbling into the sea.
Both the Atlantic and Pacific areas saw a record number and intensity of storms.
Here's how these huge storms form.
The islands almost never encounter storms like this
Wind speed isn't everything.
More folks than ever live in cyclone-territory, but less are dying
A serious hidden hazard.
Sprayers plan attacks from the ground and sky.
3:18 p.m.: 8.5 million homes are without power. That represents 7 percent of the U.S. population.
Houston's record-breaking rain can be traced back to atmospheric changes.
They may be slow, but they cover entire football fields if left to their own devices.
An MIT grad student found the coolest possible way to veer an asteroid off course.
Why just rebuild the Crescent City when we can reinvent it? Here, the complete plan for riding out a category-5 storm
Long-term memories are formed by proteins in brain cells
Winds up to 140 mph
A visualized look inside a storm. How they start, and the ways we measure how bad they get.
An unmanned Global Hawk recon drone will join a team of aircraft--all equipped with advanced weather instrumentation--to observe the 2010 storm season closer than ever before
Study lends credence to abiogenic petroleum theory, which means there may be more oil in our future than we thought
From the PopSci archives, an audacious plot to knock out hurricanes
A lot of meteorological terms will be thrown around for the next few days. We're here to define them so you can understand what's going on. Welcome to the Dictionary of Hurricane Sandy.
Here's where to watch the ISS fly over this massive storm
Satellites provide a safe and accurate alternative.
In the eye of the storm
Some methods that people have suggested for preventing, or stopping, a hurricane--and why they might not work
Gathering info from a rocky collision course
Light that's truly crystal clear
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.
At 20 feet below sea level, new orleans is a prime target. An ambitious new levee system would decrease the risk
As the first potentially deadly hurricane of the season nears the Gulf Coast, government employees are working around the clock to monitor it and issue warnings. And they're doing it for free, because of the government shutdown.
New study challenges the theory that an exploding star provided the impetus for our solar system.
Cassini spots a huge hurricane swirling at Saturn's north pole.
Plus, the early days of mishandling deadly vials in labs.
This might be the best article you've ever read on the subject.
An MIT doctoral project helps evacuate disaster sites intelligently
This dangerous storm is looking pretty trippy
Emerging photos and videos show devastation in the Caribbean and empty shelves in Florida
These optical illusions require a mix of the right weather, eye direction, and luck.
The white stuff can stick around and ruin, well, pretty much everything. That puts the officials trying to fix it on a ticking clock.
Yes, with help from the cosmos
Bacteria and fungi are a menace to paintings, sculptures, and ancient artifacts.
Drop it like it's rain
NASA tracks natural disasters in action
My primary focus is searching for undiscovered species—mostly white, eyeless crustaceans.
The islands of stinging insects are just the beginning.
Researchers have developed an antiviral polymer with a wide spectrum
Leave wildlife rescue to the people with rabies vaccinations.
Technology may be ushering in a golden age of stalking, in which predators use GPS, cellphones and other devices to track and terrorize.
Invisibility technology: no longer just for rarefied parts of the spectrum
Particle collisions are turning up unexpected quantum weirdness.
A captain and a sailor died after the Bounty, a wooden ship built for a Marlon Brando film in the 1960s, sank off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy. Journalist and Popular Science contributor Matthew Shaer reconstructs the ship's final voyage.
Dyes pinpoint cancer, make it easier to remove
Sandia and Oak Ridge national labs aim to bust the million trillion calculations-per-second barrier
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Put down the bologna: "Quality, not quantity" is just one strategy that could make meat available to all while protecting the environment.
A single outbreak of norovirus—or any foodborne illness—can cost quite a lot.
The dark side of sushi's surge in popularity.
Researchers have reported several new tests designed to diagnose disease from the smell of a person's breath or skin.
Evolution might be the reason your boss is a jerk
The annual Austin conference has announced the winners of its sustainable-startup competitions, and Popular Science was there.
Researchers reveal obstacles in the hunt for new vaccines
Not so dead now, is it?
New detection method could help spot signs of life on exoplanets
The process is designed to be more environmentally friendly than traditional dyeing.
Research shows tackling the hardest problems first could better teach children new skills
When the money is water, "wealthier" monkeys take more risks. Which makes them a decent model for human behavior.