As climate change intensifies, architects, designers, and scientists are devising better ways to deal with almost anything nature throws our way.
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
Inventor claims breakthroughs come to him under self-induced hypnosis
It's not just useless crap.
Sewage is more than just filth. It's evidence of our worst habits, everything from caffeine to cocaine, all ingested and flushed down the toilet. Now scientists are using wastewater to drug-test entire cities, and the results are sobering
BioDomes could safely rid rural areas of wastewater
Fertilizer and sewage runoff cause the worst marine pollution, but we can reverse their effects
The story of how one of the most polluted waterways in America came to be located in one of the country's most expensive neighborhoods. Also: dysentery, cancer, and arsenic poisoning.
Our dependence on big systems--big oil, big coal--steers us away from little ones, such as biofuel made from garbage, that are transforming communities in other countries
An Arizona ski resort was the first to make snow from sewage "effluent," but the color was just a little off. Oops!
Recycling: It's not waste unless you waste it.
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
Coming to German sewer pipes this summer: Robotic snake inspectors.
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we take a look back at where it all began
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Engineering the Earth's resources with remote-controlled clouds, artificially induced snow, and trained monkeys -- for sports' sake
Taber MacCallum helps hazmat divers safely explore contaminated waters
As energy prices spike, even smelly fuel sources look attractive
Antidepressants aren't cheering up aquatic life
Welcome to the wonderful world of compost toilet tech
Oceanography: They came from the bottom of the sea.
Worst Science Jobs II: Number 7
And is it dangerous?
Drugs have been found in wastewater around the world.
From cleaning toilets to powering barges, microbes take to the water
The amount of water on Earth is fixed, but everything else is changing fast
The legendary urban planning game has a lot to say about the way our societies affect the environment. And the newest edition says one thing in particular.
H2O: potable, then portable
To rescue the Earth, we need bold engineering ideas that go beyond simple recycling
An uncovered file documents Cold War-era investigations into an important question: is it safe to drink beer that was exposed to an atomic bomb detonation? And does it taste OK?
Turning what into wine?
See how PopSci staffers are staying green this Earth Day, and get the science behind the scenes
Ten amazing projects built by teens.
A rare form of meningitis has infected more than 200 people and claimed 15 lives. Are you at risk? And how did the outbreak start in the first place?
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
They're everywhere—and they can also treat cancer.
At the dawn of Prohibition, the future of happy hour looked bleak, but PopSci's archives reveal that within every speakeasy resides a science lab, and within every bootlegger, an unlikely inventor or chemist
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Environmental management: An organic method of detoxing the Andes.
Shaken or stirred, it's all purified
He just needs to get it to them
Phytoplankton is choking off natural food chains in the Arabian Sea.
It's one funky fruit.
From the Popular Science archives, the hurricane house, the seismograph camera, the forest-fire-fighting dirigible, and more.
Space-age technology helps combat an old disease
The biofilms where bacteria congregate are like little apartment buildings
The liquid pharmacy in your glass, and why you shouldn't be too concerned
Newsworthy eye candy
Scuba-trained investigators are learning protocols for examining watery graves. Rule #1 is not so high-tech: Watch out for 'gators.
Silicon Valley's fabled invention machine shows its latest tech
A new paper suggests doctors and paramedics are not the only people who need immediate treatment in the case of pandemic flu; and acting as such may put society in grave danger
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
In the global race to reduce carbon emissions, these eco-minded communities, from Kansas to the Maldives, lead the pack. Here's how they're making their carbon footprints disappear
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood
How to heal an infection that defies antibiotics? Another infection. Doctors in Eastern Europe have used lab-grown viruses to safely cure millions of wounds. So why can't we do the same here?
Updates for climate change resilience may allow communities like Miami Beach to survive the century, but they're costing millions of dollars
How Clostridium, a nasty pathogen, makes an infectiously delicious confection
Bye, bye, plastic.
The frog that laid the golden egg.
Arsenic-laced drinking water, lead-contaminated soils and choking air pollution are sadly just the start in some of the world's dirtiest places
Dubai's Palazzo Versace hires firm to cool sandy beaches
These elite nuclear divers are risking their lives to help save a troubled industry.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Where you see sun, sand, and surf, Stephen Leatherman sees a dying patient.
Wondering what it was like in New York when Sandy made landfall? Popular Science senior editor Martha Harbison took to the streets (and now totally regrets it).
Unstoppable mutant vermin and farm critters stir up health scares
100 years from now, what jobs will people be hating?
A hall of fame of past Sci-Tech Oscar winners
Palms tan slightly but never become as dark as our shoulders, for instance, regardless of the amount of light they receive.
Surprise! TV Gets the Math Right
After you stop spinning, the fluid in your inner ear keeps swirling around for a few moments.
Fire protection and sensors to gird lifts so that people can exit fast
Thrills: On the new (2,400-hp!) world's fastest roller coaster.
Bill Paxton and Genya Chernaiev help the Cameron brothers explore the Ghosts of the Abyss using two custom bots.
Is selective memory erasure more than a Hollywood fantasy?
Sometimes even a good piece of wood will snap.