A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
We spent twenty-four hours on a Greenpeace boat in the Gulf of Mexico looking for oil and dispersant among marine life. On the six-month anniversary of the leak, we report back
Fish that were exposed to oil when they were young will be unlikely to survive to reproduce.
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
Advanced ocean science tech helps researchers study the spill
The massive plume scientists announced last week might already be gone
Research suggests the use of chemical dispersants hinders oceanic microbes responsible for natural cleanup
Facts aren't political
A new study discovered illness and birth defects among Gulf Coast fish nearly 16 months after the BP explosion.
Harness marine life to save marine life
Scientists have yet to agree on the scope of the disaster
Science of the Union.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Reporting from the Gulf, an offshore oil rig worker finds mundanity, a complacent obsession with safety, and the doom beneath it all
Democrats abandon hope of passing bipartisan bill this summer
Just discovered: Glowing fungus, ship-eating bacteria, toughest-silk spider and terrible toothed leech
To help understand, consider your kitchen sink
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
So an industrial accident has blanketed your countryside in millions of cubic feet of caustic sludge. Now what?
And is it dangerous?
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
An estimated 50,000 gallons of crude oil are "missing."
Just implement a nice kill-switch, then everything'll be fine
See the top ten hurdles facing game designers today, and the cutting-edge tech that will soon make them relics of the past
9/11 fanned fears of more terror attacks by air. But our 95,000 miles of coast may be much more permeable. Here's the new defense strategy.
Doctors report surprising substance found during operation
What could possibly go wrong?
The first reactor-on-a-barge will bring power to Russiaâ€™s electricity-starved Arctic
Hundreds of species of plants and animals have been waiting literally decades to even be considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Thankfully, that's about to change.
The key is a crispy exterior and a soft interior.
The 17 best micro-videos of the year show us the world invisible to the naked eye
"Cabled observatories" will give scientists a better picture of the unknown
It's damage-resistant, cheap, and so much fun to watch
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
Tiny nanoparticles are a huge part of our lives, for better or for worse.
Researchers also finally figured out why Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings have so many of these pimples.
It might not (just) be foul play.
Look at this shark, it has more heads than sharks normally have (they usually have one head).
In defense of sleep
How California is predicting and preparing for the inevitable.
Out of the wild
Popular Science is inside the U.N., where 150 heads of state are talking global warming. Will they put momentum behind an international treaty in 2015?
The best honey probably doesn't come in a plastic bear
Astronomy: Timothy Ferris eyes the amateur asteroid-watchers.
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we take a look back at where it all began
Looking for a clean fuel that grows anywhere, needs only sunlight and water, and could produce enough oil to free the U.S. from its petroleum addiction? Here´s one start-up's plan for converting oil from algae-yes, algae
This one's made of carbon, and it's super absorbent, too!
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.
Scientific organizations worry that a movement to grant more rights to pets could spill over to mice and lab rats.
From vanilla to GMOs, how science shaped the taste of the modern world
To reach the bottom of all five oceans, this Texas businessman commissioned “the most significant vehicle since Apollo 11.”
A commute so quick you could just die.
Under the thawing Arctic ice lies bounty that could fill mouths, and pockets, around the world.
2312 is available on Amazon.
On its 150th anniversary, a chemist looks back at the various tables we almost ended up with.
A new study suggests that ethanol production could drive up corn prices, leaving U.S. grains and meat in short supply
He designs nanomaterials with outrageous abilities
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
Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?
How to build a subway in the Eternal City.
How faulty plumbing sank the world's largest oil platform.
Whatâ€™s the most accurate way to forecast the future? Simple: make predictions profitableâ€”just like on the PopSci Predictions Exchange
Ricin is one of the most poisonous substances on Earth and it's scarily easy to make.
They are also apparently safe to eat.
But earthquakes remain a danger
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.
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.
Why just rebuild the Crescent City when we can reinvent it? Here, the complete plan for riding out a category-5 storm
For over two centuries we have struggled to understand the scope of Afghanistan's mineral wealth. Now geologists, if they can determine what lies beneath the nation's ground, might also help bring stability to the surface
A new way of structuring fats could be the key
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