Acid, lasers, snakes—the laboratory isn't always a safe haven.
As climate change intensifies, architects, designers, and scientists are devising better ways to deal with almost anything nature throws our way.
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
Our 10 favorite images of the week
* that's a big, fat "might"
Two desktop-printer engineers quit their jobs to search for the ultimate source of endless energy: nuclear fusion. Could this highly improbable enterprise actually succeed?
It's arson, bomb and booby trap week at one of the nation's toughest forensics schools.
A radical new power plant aims to convert our dirtiest fossil fuel into clean-burning hydrogen
A U.S. Forest Service program tries to make lemons into lemonade.
Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
Are mysterious skin cells that never stop dividing a form of cancer, or the best hope yet for treating burn victims?
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
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
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?
The Popular Science archive answers those nagging questions about the July 1947 UFO crash in the desert outside of Roswell, N.M.
So much easier than counting on the ground
Tales from a Pyrogeographer.
As fires rage this week and many evacuate, SETI's Allen Telescope Array has gone offline.
The smoke will likely impact a few fancier grapes.
Huzzah for snow in June and ice in Florida!
A new system could stop raging flames from burning down your home
An excerpt from Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, a new book about a town in New Jersey devastated by industrial pollution