How earographs, invisible ink detectors, and the famed "Stamp Detective" used science to catch unsuspecting crooks.
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
Worst Science Jobs II: Number 8
The cast of 'Teen Titans Go! To the Movies' find out what their powers could do in real life.
What a national ID card might look like.
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
Looking to boost your science smarts? First test your IQ organ, then follow our 6-point brain regimen. Soon you'll be crunching bogus claims and citing stats with the best.
The creator of the Segway is one of the most successful and admired inventors in the world. He leads a team of 300 scientists and engineers devoted to making things that better mankind. But he's not done
What's it like to grow up with a mother who is a distinguished physicist and the sister of one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century? In the month of Mother's Day, Popular Science News Editor Charles Hirshberg remembers.
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
A major foreign breakthrough highlights the limits placed on U.S. stem-cell researchers
Popular Science's fifth annual survey of just how bad it gets
Bacteria have bonded carbon and silicon for the first time. What can they teach us?
Under-the-radar polluters, and the individuals doing their best to hold climate science back
Why do we have fingerprints? How long can trees live? Why do cats purr? Artists illustrate humanity's most burning scientific questions.
Spoiler: It still includes long walks on the beach
Scientists are turning to microbes to manufacture scents and flavors
Steven Chu, the new U.S. secretary of energy, is a Nobel-winning physicist and an unabashed advocate of fighting climate change. But can he negotiate the political realities of transforming the energy economy?
What's on the moon? Here are the "midget-sun hypothesis," lunar snow, and more wild speculations we made prior to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969
From reviving extinct species to hunting for dark matter, can a single scientist transform biology--and our lives?
Now science on how holes form
The science of fixing culinary disasters
In his lab far from the scene of a crime, Skip Palenik forges unbreakable chains of evidence from dust & detritus. Let's watch the master at work.
It's too late for Pluto, but you can help prevent the Milky Way from being reclassified as a "galactisimal"
In the first-ever public test of artificial muscle, in March a high-school girl arm-wrestled three devices powered by the material. See how well she fared
76 years ago today, the Hindenburg crashed over New Jersey, killing 35 people and ending the era of the airship. From the Popular Science archive, what it would have been like to travel the world in a Zeppelin.
With the upcoming release of the major motion picture Europa Report, a couple of Jet Propulsion Lab scientists explain how science fiction has evolved in response to our growing understanding of space.
Scientists discover that chili peppers produce actual heat
Under the thawing Arctic ice lies bounty that could fill mouths, and pockets, around the world.
We asked a bunch of our favorite people about their holiday plans
But not without taking some criticism.
Read the full issue online now.
Reanimating lifeless organs brings new hope for the millions on transplant waiting lists
For one thing, there would be a glut of aspiring cinematographers and sound designers.
How science is rebuilding you, bit by bit
On Saturday, November 4, Popular Science and GMA Weekend journeyed to the year 2031 during a special broadcast of Good Morning America
Bike designers Tony Ellsworth and Donald Miller resurrected a 500-year-old idea to change the way people pedal
Will Apple release an upgraded "iPhone without the phone" iPod with a wide-aspect-ratio touchscreen by September 30, 2007?
A "offers web-like support"
Supercomputing power on a single chip
A recent study found that genetics dictated the fighting styles of male and female fruit flies. Podcaster Jonathan Coulton is on the case for more
A new report on marine health could make you queasy.
In the cockpit of the F-35 Lightning II, a space-age helmet gives pilots x-ray visionâ€”even at night
The results are in! Readers voted for their favorite 2002 Best of What's New award winners. Drum roll, please ...
The latest science on how your cells make you who you are
Google Earth launches Prado Museum layer with high-resolution images of classic masterpieces
Your complete guide to today's near-earth asteroid flyby
The chat starts at noon EST. [UPDATE: The chat is now closed. Thanks for your questions, everyone!]
An art museum dedicated to the reproductive organs of fruit flies, spiders, snails and more
It's a fact of the archaeological record: Modern humans survived and Neanderthals did not. Why? And what does it teach us about our own survival?
NASA's new solar explorer will launch tonight. Coverage begins at 9 p.m.
We've chosen our 2013 Science Fair Winners!
All human eyes are glued to "seven minutes of terror" live from Mars
Some things require just a little more power these days.
The event runs through October 9 in Austin, Tex.
Welcome to our annual list of inventions changing the world.
Rockets that foil comets, face transplants, artificial wombs, and more
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Scientists forge the darkest matter ever created by humans
Why wait for a conversation to tell people how much you love science? And puns. And staying cozy.
As climate change intensifies, architects, designers, and scientists are devising better ways to deal with almost anything nature throws our way.
The 2004 Popsci Design Competition
The amount of water on Earth is fixed, but everything else is changing fast
Armed with better batteries and stronger materials, new submersibles aim to go deeper than ever before and open up the whole of the unexplored ocean to human eyes
It's called body packing, it's dangerous and gross, and new technology makes gut-based drug smuggling harder to spot.
Pottery just got really high-tech
New drivers and balls might do what the local golf pro couldn't.
PopSci has built a house in California equipped with the most advanced materials, cutting-edge technologies and incredible household gadgets available today. Take a look inside with our virtual tour
Topics included the opioid crisis, nuclear weapons, and "beautiful clean coal."
Thinking about a science degree? Consider a lab where research meets white-knuckled adventure
Hint: the taxpayers. Deadspin breaks down how much the public is paying for sports.
This whimsical map from 1923 shows the birth of a typical arctic storm. Is that Old Man Winter lurking in Siberia?
What government forecasts suggest about U.S. energy independence
Palms tan slightly but never become as dark as our shoulders, for instance, regardless of the amount of light they receive.
In short, because red pistachios look better than pistachios mottled with dark spots.
How 2.0 wants you.
December 1 marks World AIDS Day. Figures for reflection
Military AUV photo gallery
Two new books credit technology for the Allies' victory in World War II.
Ultra-wideband technology is poised to deliver an upgrade in wireless communication.