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?
Read the full issue online now.
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
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
It's too late for Pluto, but you can help prevent the Milky Way from being reclassified as a "galactisimal"
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
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.
Rockets that foil comets, face transplants, artificial wombs, and more
A new report on marine health could make you queasy.
Google Earth launches Prado Museum layer with high-resolution images of classic masterpieces
Welcome to our annual list of inventions changing the world.
The latest science on how your cells make you who you are
Supercomputing power on a single chip
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.
Don't miss it! Coverage begins at 9 p.m.
Step it up, humans!
Not that you anticipated otherwise
Pottery just got really high-tech
Here's the big picture
The importance of global landscapes
The 10 most innovative young minds in science and engineering
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.