Survey of scientists compiles astronomical wishlist for the next decade
See how the country stacked up in a recent National Science Foundation quiz.
Sewage is more than just filth. It's evidence of our worst habits, everything from caffeine to cocaine, all ingested and flushed down the toilet. Now scientists are using wastewater to drug-test entire cities, and the results are sobering
A first-person coregasm testimonial
"There's almost no way to stop [the study] from being spun into the 'war against women' story," coauthor Vladas Griskevicius says. Is he right, or was the study the problem?
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
How a mild-mannered children's celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.
New poll shows Tea Partiers in particular are anti-science.
Missing out on sleep can cause men to incorrectly gauge if women want to get it on.
The annual Ig Nobel awards are a treasure.
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?
The History of Popular Science
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
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Recent tremors in California have brought up some common misconceptions.
Love of spicy food isn't just desensitization, or cultural upbringing--it also has ties to who you are.
Short answer: At least one in 50 scientists is doing something fishy
Surprising facts about the real-life science of crime scene investigations
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
We're no happier, but we are more equally unhappy
Behind the scenes in the race to develop a military vehicle that can drive itself.
New designs and materials will make future skyscrapers sturdier, safer, and smarter.
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.
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
It might seem silly to investigate whether people are happier on the weekend, but behind such truisms are revelations about our brains, our behavior and our environment. Here we round up the year's most outwardly obvious scientific studies
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
In 2010, OxyContin introduced a new formula that drug abusers can't crush to a powder to snort or inject. This is how it works, chemically, and whether it actually deters abuse.
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.
If you don't trust this study's conclusions, you must not be smart. (Joking.)
The man behind the world's most powerful camera confronts killer viruses, nude sunbathers and the San Diego Padres
Flashbacks do occur, but very rarely.
Starting today, PopularScience.com will no longer accept comments on new articles. Here's why.
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'll get a vaccine for addiction, debate the future of nuclear power, use new tech to take on water shortages, and-just maybe-find an extra dimension or two. Happy New Year
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.
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
The Everglades are on the cusp of the largest ecological restoration in history. We head out to survey the key to its success.
Titanic honcho James Cameron has some advice for NASA on how to both seduce and educate a jaded public
When light bulbs go on, questions come up. Here are some guidelines for those new to the inventor's bench
It's all about their chemistry.
Talking it out could make us less vulnerable.
Internal and external pressure drive a rush toward prestige.
Geologists say the end is nigh. New recovery tech may tell a different story.
Society has been fighting the plague of addictions without knowing how drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol hot-wire the brain's pleasure response. Now researchers may be closing in on a magic bullet.
But is that enough to justify a sick day?
Birds of a feather flock together -- right into scientists' nets
An Office Personnel Management report shows that NASA is a pretty sweet gig.
NeuroSpire, with Jake Stauch at the helm, has developed software that lets companies scan brains to deliver better ads--and do it on the cheap.
TESS will be the first dedicated all-sky exoplanet hunting satellite.
A new test for HPV has been cleared as way to screen for cervical cancer, but doctors are concerned that it doesn't do enough to protect younger women.
79 percent of American adults are unable to answer three basic science questions correctly
It's too late for Pluto, but you can help prevent the Milky Way from being reclassified as a "galactisimal"
A new study examines the evidence for fuzz on non-avian dinosaurs.
Awed at the pace of technological advances, a faction of geeky writers believes our world is about to change so radically that envisioning what comes next is nearly impossible.
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
The mysteries surrounding Stonehenge just got deeper. Literally.
A new study suggests the practice may be sound but needs acceptance.
Your super liberal and super conservative relatives might all have one thing in common.
Two Philadelphia doctors are championing an unconventional new treatment for keeping cardiac-arrest victims alive, with as little brain damage as possible: just give them hypothermia
Researchers are uncovering some pretty strange culprits behind the obesity epidemic—everything from air-conditioning to infectious love handles
Reefer madness! Pot causes psychosis! Except maybe not.
Babies' genomes hold clues that can save their lives, but that same information could be used in far less noble ways. Where should we draw the line?
Break out your botanical dictionary. You're going to need it.
A peek behind the curtain of the voting machine
Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture
These down-and-dirty labors are hard, dangerous, and outright gross—and people love them anyway
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
Scientists deploy genetic forensics to protect overhunted animals
According to a poll
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
The company you keep can keep you in good spirits, says a new study
Science needs the fearless
Depending on who you ask, these long-ignored, widely-scattered elements are either a dealbreaker or no problem at all
It's easy! Just inherit gobs of cash.
This moss was around at the dawn of the Roman Republic.
The challenges of using a headband that reads your brain waves
Go ahead, indulge your eyeballs.
Summertime in Antarctica means scientists will be studying penguins, mysterious microbes, and more.
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
Exotic medical scanning technology is now available off the shelf. Is that healthy, or wise?
We unearth the latest research that definitely, positively proves what you knew alreadyâ€”and tell you why it matters
Unfortunately, they still don't believe in evolution or climate change
A Canadian researcher says she has debunked controversial claims that a microbe found in California's Mono Lake can replace the phosphorus in its DNA with arsenic
Massive space rocks hurtle past Earth with frightening regularity. Some scientists want to deflect them. Others want to drag one closer.
The rocks know
Oh, right, we can't
Do you side with science on this important issue?
The psychology behind your love of twists and turns.
An upcoming study in the U.K. will inject dying patients with placebo instead, which raises some obvious ethical concerns.
Every day for the next two weeks we'll be unpacking the record behind the rhetoric