A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
How regular people can contribute to scientific research
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
In a wide-ranging interview with PopularScience.com, Aldrin talks about a mission to Mars, 34 years of sobriety and the future of American leadership in space.
Nearly half of this year's MacArthur "genius grant" recipients are advancing science and technology
Scientists say amphibian death could be the start of the first mass extinction since the dinosaurs
How do we decide how rare an animal is? How do we figure out how long before it goes extinct? And how do we stop that from happening?
Some rare good environmental news.
It's a contentious, edgy argument! But it's flawed in just about every way. Here's how to exploit those flaws.
Rating may help drive efforts to save some of Earth's most critically endangered (and weirdest) birds.
Jellyfish invasions, Internet auctions, god particles: Read about the year's biggest science stories before they happen. Bonus: How to decipher geeky jargon and when to buy a DeLorean
Give these reptiles some love.
Wyoming's anti-scientific laws have allowed the most famous wolf in Yellowstone to be shot. Shooting wolves isn't only senseless--it actively harms the environment.
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
Plus, twin red panda cubs
It worked in the lab—but will it work in the jungle?
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.
Even after the species went extinct, people still reported "seeing" them in the wild.
Plus, a gallery of endangered zoo babies born this year. Squee!
For oenophiles and chocoholics, it was a very good year. For clean air: not so much.
How do you know you're comparing apples to apples?
Researchers look to ancient melts to predict which species might survive in the present
Science of the Union.
Richard Stroud is the nation's chief medical examiner for wildlife, and he's getting a state-of-the-art lab. Poachers beware.
Your cellphone does not in itself cause cancer. But in the daily sea of radiation we all travel, there may be subtler dangers at work, and science is only just beginning to understand how they can come to affect people like Per Segerbäck so intensely
We visit operating rooms, observatories, and islands full of slightly-less-than-rational monkeys to find the young geniuses who are shaping the future of science
Sightless, flightless, and 10 feet tall.
Biologists found evidence that purple loosestrife underwent evolution after arriving in North America.
Plus a drone's-eye-view of Greenland
Behind the psychology and biology of regret.
But it's a loss others might not understand.
It's physical, but it's psychological, too.
Obesity is booming, yet there are only two medications approved for long-term weight loss. Why is it so hard to make a diet pill that works? For one thing, evolution hates diets
A landmark study refines measurements of losses in Greenland and Antarctica and how ice melt is contributing to rising seas. Here's why that is important.
To reach the bottom of all five oceans, this Texas businessman commissioned “the most significant vehicle since Apollo 11.”
It might not (just) be foul play.
The now-extinct giant beaver once lived from Florida to Alaska.
Out of the wild
Our 10 favorite science pics this week
Recent science suggests that, while important to restoring Yellowstone Park's ecological health, wolves are not the primary solution. Let the fighting commence.
Plus, glass on Mars
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
Newsworthy eye candy
'Tis the season for conception.
Selfies could be subtly reshaping your memory.
Astronomy: Timothy Ferris eyes the amateur asteroid-watchers.
Ted Berger has spent the past decade engineering a brain implant that can re-create thoughts. The chip could remedy everything from Alzheimerâ€™s to absent-mindednessâ€”and reduce memory loss to nothing more than a computer glitch
Conceptual shelters that will protect us all from the perils of our rapidly changing environment: rising waters, extreme heat, rampant pollution and overpopulation
Predictions for how we will live and work—on Earth or in space—in the decades and centuries to come
A cheat sheet for the strange case of Michael Boatwright, the 61-year-old who reportedly forgot his native language.
Fabien Cousteau and his team are setting out to break the record for living in an underwater habitat.
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. They averaged one every 10 minutes. And they weren't very scientific.
Researchers are teasing out the ways we perceive flavor, from our tongue to our nose to the genes that dictate how we taste food. In the process, they're uncovering exactly which flavors will transform a dish into an offer you can't refuse
A recent fossil discovery gives renewed credence to a theory of massive and swift extinction
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?
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. they averaged one every 10 minutes. And they werenâ€™t very scientific.
Batdrones, swarming UAVs, and better radar are in our future
A century of agricultural innovation vastly increased the amount of food--but with it came an increased population, and now hunger is on the rise. Fixing it will require an unlikely alliance
It's been gone since 1983, but the Lazarus Project has brought it back to life.
Guess the species (either common or Linnaean) by tweeting at us--we're @PopSci--and get your name listed right here! Plus eternal glory, obviously. Update: We have a winner!
Plus: What you need to know about sugar this Halloween.
So much easier than counting on the ground
FDA wants to make this official and recently asked to know more
As our ability to create organs expands, ethical questions come into play.
Megapixels: It was rediscovered by a drone.
Need to get away from it all? Popular Science presents an exclusive tour of CSS Skywalker, an orbital resort that's a lot closer to reality than you might think
These mysterious creatures exist today more or less unevolved from the forms they had hundreds of millions of years ago
Winners of the Nikon's annual Small World competition represent the best in through-the-microscope photography
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
Around the world, scientists are risking their lives to retrieve seeds destined for a massive vault near the North Pole. Their work just might save mankind
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.
What does it take to become a citizen astronaut?
Protecting artifacts from entropy is no easy task.
On its 150th anniversary, a chemist looks back at the various tables we almost ended up with.
Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever?
The quest to understand, explore, and protect the amazing animals
It's vague, and carries no actual weight, but we're sure this arctic fox is pleased to know that there's a 7-point scheme to save it when its habitat melts.
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.
Scientific organizations worry that a movement to grant more rights to pets could spill over to mice and lab rats.
One scientist explains how using more diverse test subjects could save lives.
Researchers have revealed the Heartland Virus is Widespread in America
“As long as I'm breathing,” Sylvia Earle says, “I'll be diving.”
Space-launched darts that strike like meteors
Research has implications for long-term spaceflight, future space procreation
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
The first color photo of Pluto, a warm-blooded fish, and much more
The nose knows
Seeing isn't believing.
A single outbreak of norovirus—or any foodborne illness—can cost quite a lot.
Our culture celebrates long work days, but they don't make us more productive.
How to build a subway in the Eternal City.
First scientific findings released from the fake mission show that “maintenance of human behavior” was difficult.