The white stuff can stick around and ruin, well, pretty much everything. That puts the officials trying to fix it on a ticking clock.
In the eye of the storm
Some methods that people have suggested for preventing, or stopping, a hurricane--and why they might not work
Science fiction authors Ann Leckie and Mary Robinette Kowal, who contributed to our Dispatches From The Future special issue, have just won Hugo Awards.
Houston's record-breaking rain can be traced back to atmospheric changes.
Why just rebuild the Crescent City when we can reinvent it? Here, the complete plan for riding out a category-5 storm
More than 70,000 residents have returned to the city. But is it still dangerously polluted? Experts clash over the answer
As the first potentially deadly hurricane of the season nears the Gulf Coast, government employees are working around the clock to monitor it and issue warnings. And they're doing it for free, because of the government shutdown.
Both the Atlantic and Pacific areas saw a record number and intensity of storms.
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
Self-medication is only the start.
3:18 p.m.: 8.5 million homes are without power. That represents 7 percent of the U.S. population.
Cassini spots a huge hurricane swirling at Saturn's north pole.
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.
More folks than ever live in cyclone-territory, but less are dying
A serious hidden hazard.
It exploded from a tropical storm to a category five in just 27 hours.
Here's how these huge storms form.
The islands almost never encounter storms like this
Wind speed isn't everything.
The storms are far from over.
Satellites provide a safe and accurate alternative.
At 20 feet below sea level, new orleans is a prime target. An ambitious new levee system would decrease the risk
A lot of meteorological terms will be thrown around for the next few days. We're here to define them so you can understand what's going on. Welcome to the Dictionary of Hurricane Sandy.
“I'd like a Category 4 cyclone with a side of storm surge, to stay, please”
Winds up to 140 mph
An MIT doctoral project helps evacuate disaster sites intelligently
A visualized look inside a storm. How they start, and the ways we measure how bad they get.
Plus, the early days of mishandling deadly vials in labs.
Here's where to watch the ISS fly over this massive storm
Emerging photos and videos show devastation in the Caribbean and empty shelves in Florida
This dangerous storm is looking pretty trippy
Sprayers plan attacks from the ground and sky.
From the PopSci archives, an audacious plot to knock out hurricanes
The islands of stinging insects are just the beginning.
Leave wildlife rescue to the people with rabies vaccinations.
The secrets are in the sediment
For environmentalist Jesse Ausubel, going green means land conservation and energy efficiency—and forgetting “boutique” renewables like windmills and biofuels
It would be easy to dismiss Mitchell Joachim's fantastical vision for ecological supercities, with their flocks of jetpacks and mass-transit blimps that look like flying monster jellyfish, as science fiction—if he wasn't actually building them
So much for "no waste."
Saving the Storsjoe Monsters!
David Keith believes strong-arm strategies could soon be our last resort for reversing record levels of carbon in the atmosphere
Re-framing environmental rhetoric so it appeals to conservatives can really work, a study finds.
The military's integrated system finally catches up to--and in some cases surpasses--civilian all-weather apparel and equipment.
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.
It's all about the methyls
A skeptical look at the physics of projectiles from space
Next year, scientists will start drilling into the issue
New evidence settles a troubling discrepancy in the timeline of events that led to Earth's last great mass extinction.
An interactive feature shows exactly what role the space agency plays in your daily life
It's all in the dams.
This might be the best article you've ever read on the subject.
Our favorite images of the week
A captain and a sailor died after the Bounty, a wooden ship built for a Marlon Brando film in the 1960s, sank off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy. Journalist and Popular Science contributor Matthew Shaer reconstructs the ship's final voyage.
With the Sahara desert rapidly encroaching on livestock-nourishing grassland, architect Magnus Larsson proposes a 3,728-mile-long barrier wall—built by bacteria
Jeffrey Martin's closed-loop plan for recycling heat-trapping carbon emissions into gasoline
Willem van Cotthem's super-soil harnesses the power of Pampers to turn dirt into lush gardens
Highways basking in the hot sun are wasted energy. Scott Brusaw's solution? Make them out of solar panels
It's never too early to start planning your Fossil Fools Day party!
This metal-free antenna may help scientists find out, once and for all, whether cell phones cause cancer
'Scientific American' looks at the GOP frontrunner's positions
Taber MacCallum helps hazmat divers safely explore contaminated waters
Scientists have yet to agree on the scope of the disaster
The banana as we know it is on a crash course toward extinction. For scientists, the battle to resuscitate the world's favorite fruit has begun--a race against time that just may be too late to win
Research finds that digital technologies contribute to climate change
95 percent of the existing crop is genetically modified
Amazon's MatchBook service makes getting a printed book/Kindle copy bundle cheaper. But that takes us backward, environmentally speaking.
So an industrial accident has blanketed your countryside in millions of cubic feet of caustic sludge. Now what?
Depending on who you ask, these long-ignored, widely-scattered elements are either a dealbreaker or no problem at all
CRISPR democratizes food technology
A paradoxical finding.
AquAdvantage salmon--otherwise known as the "FrankenFish"--has been approved for consumption already. But now the FDA has ruled on its environmental impact, and not everyone agrees with the ruling.
Today in the news: environmental disasters from Mexico to Asia