The answers to the most nagging, fascinating, and bizarre questions of the summer movie season.
60 years ago this week, the modern solar cell came into being. Here's how.
The 2004 Popsci Design Competition
Mesoamericans got modern rappers beat
Tweaking texture could give us healthy versions of our favorite junk foods—and that's just the beginning
Using nature as a guide, geneticists build plants with qualities evolution could never produce
This mobile-phone system helps you choose a sunscreen and tells you when to reapply
Scientists are building ultra-cold systems that mimic the most extreme edges of the universe. Can these analogues help solve the big bang's mysteries?
These ten awe-inspiring science projects range from the world's largest undersea observatory to the "ultimate microscope" to a Jupiter orbiter on a suicide mission--but they're all massive, often in both size and scope
Staphylococcus epidermidis uses a small protein to start and keep its colonies intact.
Researchers have learned how to use the human microflora to monitor healthcare cleanliness
Selfies could be subtly reshaping your memory.
A 21st century electric-car revival is under way. But the first challenge—building a cheap, safe, powerful battery—is the hardest
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
The International Bitterness Unit explained
Researchers have uncovered a new way Mycobacterium tuberculosis may gain antibiotic resistance
In this intimate interview, hear insights about Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance voyage as only a devoted granddaughter can have them.
New criteria for choosing NSF grants is the latest salvo from our anti-science government.
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