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.
PopSci cracks open 10 amazing machines to give you an animated look at the extraordinary tech that makes them work
Zoom in on more examples of the highest-resolution photos ever made in the Gigapxl gallery
Plasma-arc torches are sci-fi made real. And they slice through steel so easily, anyone can use them.
A major foreign breakthrough highlights the limits placed on U.S. stem-cell researchers
Spoiler: It still includes long walks on the beach
What a national ID card might look like.
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
Scientists are turning to microbes to manufacture scents and flavors
From reviving extinct species to hunting for dark matter, can a single scientist transform biology--and our lives?
It's too late for Pluto, but you can help prevent the Milky Way from being reclassified as a "galactisimal"
Now science on how holes form
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
The science of fixing culinary disasters
Popular Science's fifth annual survey of just how bad it gets
Under-the-radar polluters, and the individuals doing their best to hold climate science back
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.
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'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.
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
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.
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
Bacteria have bonded carbon and silicon for the first time. What can they teach us?
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.
Why do we have fingerprints? How long can trees live? Why do cats purr? Artists illustrate humanity's most burning scientific questions.
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.
Read the full issue online now.
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
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
But not without taking some criticism.
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"
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 ...
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
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
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
Supercomputing power on a single chip
Why wait for a conversation to tell people how much you love science? And puns. And staying cozy.
Scientists forge the darkest matter ever created by humans
New drivers and balls might do what the local golf pro couldn't.
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.
If historical patterns repeat themselves, the next ice age will occur within about 2,000 years.
Advanced automotive batteries like the 400-pound lithium-ion pack going into the Volt bear only a theoretical resemblance to the 12-volt under your hood. PopSci takes a quick look at how they work
An unusual grip keeps these fish clinging on for dear life
The West Mata volcano erupted nearly 4,000 feet underwater in the Pacific Ocean
A satellite peers down on a hellish landscape in south-central Algeria
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
22,300 miles above the equator, satellites keep an eye on Earthly weather conditions.
Some of the cyclones are 900 miles wide.
A forensic chemist at a Massachusetts crime lab was arrested for tampering with drug evidence recently. A bad egg or the product of perverse incentives?
Barack Obama's second term should see the same focus on funding science and technology--although the budget ax is looming.
SpaceX's Elon Musk is giving the keynote speech at SXSW this year. Watch it here.
WSJ reporter Walter Mossberg interviews Al Gore at SXSW.
NASA captures blooming marine microorganisms off the coast of France.