Talking it out could make us less vulnerable.
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Only YOU can protect your home from a wildfire.
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
The smoke will likely impact a few fancier grapes.
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
It's a no drone zone.
Bacteria have bonded carbon and silicon for the first time. What can they teach us?
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
The first color photo of Pluto, a warm-blooded fish, and much more
So much easier than counting on the ground
Plus, a few planets
Firefighters work to bring a dozen blazes under control.
As fires rage this week and many evacuate, SETI's Allen Telescope Array has gone offline.
Cheery happy times
Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.
A U.S. Forest Service program tries to make lemons into lemonade.
A Seattle-based company is working on a cheap technology to reduce emissions from power plants.
One man's experience with LED grow lights
New research shows that tiny hairs on bean leaves impale the pests through the feet. A synthetic version may eventually add to the anti-bed bug arsenal.
An excerpt from Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, a new book about a town in New Jersey devastated by industrial pollution
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.
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
A new system could stop raging flames from burning down your home
PopSci's vision for making travel faster, greener, and more fun
Wind, solar, tidal—all are battling for the renewable-energy crown, but what about the six billion highly efficient short-stroke engines in our midst? What about us?
Popular Science's fifth annual survey of just how bad it gets
Forget lab coats and beakers: in this gallery of breathtaking images, we celebrate the visually pleasing side of scientific enquiry
Western architects have grand plans for helping China solve its expanding environmental crisis. But the world's dirtiest country already has the power to clean up all on its own
Joseph Longo's Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energyâ€”and promises to make a relic of the landfill
A radical new power plant aims to convert our dirtiest fossil fuel into clean-burning hydrogen
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
A new way to lose fat, gain it, and even turn it into medicine
To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood
Science headlines in 2004
It's arson, bomb and booby trap week at one of the nation's toughest forensics schools.
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.
Are mysterious skin cells that never stop dividing a form of cancer, or the best hope yet for treating burn victims?
The Popular Science archive answers those nagging questions about the July 1947 UFO crash in the desert outside of Roswell, N.M.
The satellite photo below was taken yesterday. The fire now threatens a dam important to the city of San Francisco's electricity supply.
Scientists discover that chili peppers produce actual heat
Long before pipes and bowls, people in Central Asia burned cannabis plants in wooden bowls and inhaled the smoke.
It may make more sense to take shorter showers than to switch to florescent bulbs
Are nuclear disasters the new normal?
An illuminating study on a very strange demise
Love of spicy food isn't just desensitization, or cultural upbringing--it also has ties to who you are.
Artwork to ashes, microscopy to microscopy.
It would burn a hole through you—and then some.
Here's why humans love pain.
Your burning question, answered
Fight fire with fire science. And fear the fire demons.
Abaddon's Gate is available on Amazon.
2312 is available on Amazon.
Swiss army knife for a village
Is the rock-concert lighter salute bad for the environment?
Plus, a spider species nicknamed “Sparklemuffin”
Technique to create alcohol from thin air has applications in renewable energy
Pour out some dandelion wine
Charred flatbread found in a fireplace dates back to 14,400 years ago.
In the global race to reduce carbon emissions, these eco-minded communities, from Kansas to the Maldives, lead the pack. Here's how they're making their carbon footprints disappear
Today's supersonic test flight marks a big milestone for the company -- and suborbital space tourism
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
A bold mandate from the European Union aims to make new electronics less toxic for everyone
Adjustable eyeglasses and smarter stoves for developing nations
Tales from a Pyrogeographer.
UCLA scientist give mice an E. coli gene that burns fat over carbs, preventing obesity
A Silicon Valley school backed by NASA and Google unveils grand plans to help humanity
Fires force lab to close, but officials say hazardous materials are secured
Is the Saturn V by any other name just as awe-inspiring?
Hail fighters and their strange devices
A mobile bioreactor turns trash into electricity for U.S. troops
Dangerous fumes from an African lake could be the fuel of tomorrow
Dallas Wiens suffered horrific burns in a 2008 accident
The same receptors also detect pain from heat, strong acids, and inflammation. Is that why habaneros taste like burning?
This dangerous storm is looking pretty trippy
Excerpt: The Great Halifax Explosion
People pass away in some weird ways, and a national database lets us seem all of them.