Scientists are turning to microbes to manufacture scents and flavors
Bacteria have bonded carbon and silicon for the first time. What can they teach us?
Spoiler: It still includes long walks on the beach
Now science on how holes form
From reviving extinct species to hunting for dark matter, can a single scientist transform biology--and our lives?
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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.
Microbes on the ocean bottom ate iron forged in the heart of a dying star
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.
For one thing, there would be a glut of aspiring cinematographers and sound designers.
Why do we have fingerprints? How long can trees live? Why do cats purr? Artists illustrate humanity's most burning scientific questions.
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
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
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?
Reanimating lifeless organs brings new hope for the millions on transplant waiting lists
Scientists forge the darkest matter ever created by humans
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
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
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.
What a national ID card might look like.
New drivers and balls might do what the local golf pro couldn't.
PopSci cracks open 10 amazing machines to give you an animated look at the extraordinary tech that makes them work