What seven years of research taught me about crosswalks, elevators, and "like" buttons.
Selfies could be subtly reshaping your memory.
Influenza viruses kill up to 646,000 people worldwide every year.
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
The first color photo of Pluto, a warm-blooded fish, and much more
Also, Arnold Schwarzenegger blows up an elephant tusk
A new picture of Rosetta's comet is an added bonus
Plus, a spider species nicknamed “Sparklemuffin”
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.
Some intentional, some not
Today in "Did You Seriously Get Funding To Study That?" a group of Swedish researchers performed a study to see if people try hard at Instagram.
Plus, zoo animal selfies
Plus, a Lexus sedan made of cardboard
A new crowdfunded space telescope promises ordinary citizens the ability to control the 'scope from Earth.
Cute, right? But also: imagine being a fish.
Don't worry, you'll have time to post your goodbye selfies to Facebook.
Plus: cometary selfies and a supernova
Plus the new selfie drone
A new understanding of brain chemistry could usher in an age of biologically enhanced humans
One preeminent scientist tackles the moral and ethical issues that come with the business of genetically enhancing our biology.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Learn how to score based on birth order
The author subjects himself to genetic tests, scans and other high-tech diagnostics to report on how the trend toward "personalized medicine" will affect us
Sometimes our biggest fear is not knowing what to fear most. Fortunately, the weird science of risk analysis can teach us to judge better and fear smarter
Bill Andrews has spent two decades unlocking the molecular mechanisms of aging. His mission: to extend the human life span to 150 years--or die trying
Last December, Felisa Wolfe-Simon announced the discovery of a microbe that could change the way we understand life in the universe. Soon she found herself plunged into a maelstrom of bitter backlash and intemperate criticism. A dispatch from the frontiers of the new peer review
One full week of keeping track of absolutely everything, to see if gamification can net you a win in the game of life
This 10,000-rpm, no-pulse artificial heart doesn't resemble an organic heart--and might be all the better for it
Will too many hot chili peppers kill you? Is the moon on the verge of erupting? PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
Our reporters deliver the latest on autonomous vehicles.
Forensic scientists in Switzerland are pioneering a whole new way to do autopsies. No scalpel required.
Players love the tech, but pro and amateur organizations can hardly keep up with the new materials and radical designs that have rewired and sometimes hot-wired sports.
In the escalating arms race between battery power and consumption, The Cells are losing to The Gadgetsâ€”Big time. Question is, can the chemists catch up to the engineers?
Looking at a century of so-called progress
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
Cellphones, microchips, cars, even iPhones—there's virtually no high-tech Western product that China's cloners can't copy. Pretty soon, you might even prefer their work
Western architects have grand plans for helping China solve its expanding environmental crisis. But the world's dirtiest country already has the power to clean up all on its own
To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood
Within 10 years, infantry soldiers will go into battle with autonomous robots close behind them. One day, they'll be fighting side-by-side
The web is crawling with jokes, hoaxes and more insidious fakes. Digital-image experts aim to develop foolproof detection tools, but until then, seeing is not believing
And whether they'll look like E.T.
With a decade of war winding down, post-traumatic stress disorder is an increasingly urgent problem. Will the Army's efforts work?
The caveman diet, barefoot running, co-sleeping: We spend an awful lot of time trying to live like our ancestors. Here's why that logic is wrong.
Forget algebra homework: try building spaceships, operating a nuclear reactor or listening in to distant galaxies
Our models of where storms are going have gotten much better, but we can't really predict how strong they'll be once they get there.
Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste. Meat-free meat might be the solution.
Teaching people game theory is good. Making them live it is even better, says UCLA professor Peter Nonacs.
Ten of the brightest minds in science fiction imagine how we will live—on Earth and beyond—in the decades and centuries to come.
Humanity has toppled scores of world records over the past few decades, but how much more progress can we make?
We spoke to candidates with science backgrounds from across the political spectrum
Running is in our DNA, but training for a marathon is a careful mix of muscle, mental, and technological strength.
Behind the scenes in the race to develop a military vehicle that can drive itself.
In the early 1900s, radioactive water was all the rage. Hard to believe smart people could fall for such twaddle--right?
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
Last July, 9-year-old Alex Everett received his first shot of synthetic human growth hormone--an injection he will get every night for eight years. Alex is not sick--he is short. Should we be treating stature as a medical condition?
Chemical burns, ruined clothes, 11 years, half a million dollars-it's not easy to improve the world's most popular toy. Yet the success of one inventor's quest to dye a simple soap bubble may change the way the world uses color
The author of Rock, Paper, Scissors talks about game theory
Plus, read on for a PopSci.com giveaway!
Wind, solar, tidal—all are battling for the renewable-energy crown, but what about the six billion highly efficient short-stroke engines in our midst? What about us?
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?
The world's most prestigious universities have begun posting entire curricula on the Web—for free. Is there such a thing as a free higher-education lunch? I enrolled to find out
Leave a comment to win this illustration on a t-shirt!
The ability to reprogram the immune system is one of the most sought-after goals in medicine. Now researchers are closer than ever to pulling it off in patients with Type 1 diabetes, one of whom happens to be our correspondent
Our tribute to the 20 all-time greatest on-screen geeks
A 21st century electric-car revival is under way. But the first challenge—building a cheap, safe, powerful battery—is the hardest
A man-made, pure-white compound called Oxycyte carries oxygen 50 times as effectively as our own blood. Researchers are betting that itâ€™s the best way to treat Americaâ€™s leading cause of accidental death: traumatic brain injury
An unmanned Global Hawk recon drone will join a team of aircraft--all equipped with advanced weather instrumentation--to observe the 2010 storm season closer than ever before
How 140 scientists look inside the world's most dangerous weather
Scientists deploy genetic forensics to protect overhunted animals
Mouse milk (for people), spider-goats, pain-free cattle, and nine more
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
PopSci attempts to determine, once and for all, which is the superior gender
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?
As spaceflight is privatized, scientists will pay for space trips alongside affluent adventurers
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
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
Tips for more restful slumber, decoding how we dream and just a dash of pseudoscience
Tiny nanoparticles are a huge part of our lives, for better or for worse.
The first fitness tracker that could actually help you get in shape, thanks to a goals system that works with your life and sensors that actually track your fitness.
With the release of the DSM-5 this month, psychotherapist Gary Greenberg questions whether psychiatry's diagnostic Bible can truly get at the nature of mental suffering.
Dogs are the best bomb detectors we have. Can scientists do better?
I consumed nothing but Soylent, a food-replacing beverage, for a week. Here's what happened to me (and my poop).
From the Popular Science archives, the hurricane house, the seismograph camera, the forest-fire-fighting dirigible, and more.
From the Popular Science archives. Happy Darwin Day!
Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.
Bill Nye The Science Guy speculates on the future of mankind
A response from Michael Halpern, Program Manager of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Center for Science and Democracy
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Fascinating fecal science.