Fascinating fecal science.
To reach the bottom of all five oceans, this Texas businessman commissioned “the most significant vehicle since Apollo 11.”
Take a look in a book.
But the long-term effects of prolonged cellphone use require further study—and will spark fresh controversy
Thinking about a science degree? Consider a lab where research meets white-knuckled adventure
Sometimes our biggest fear is not knowing what to fear most. Fortunately, the weird science of risk analysis can teach us to judge better and fear smarter
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
Google's education wing has devised school lesson plans based on the movie.
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
Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked
But one thing's for sure: This creature of the deep has an incredible memory.
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Will too many hot chili peppers kill you? Is the moon on the verge of erupting? PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Solving the mysteries of the universe
A new understanding of brain chemistry could usher in an age of biologically enhanced humans
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.
FDA wants to make this official and recently asked to know more
Tests in mice show potential for reversing the slowdown in learning that comes with puberty
One preeminent scientist tackles the moral and ethical issues that come with the business of genetically enhancing our biology.
Geographic profiling pioneer Kim Rossmo has been likened to Sherlock Holmes; his Watson in the hunt for serial killers is a digital sidekick -- an algorithm he calls Rigel.
The world's most prestigious universities have begun posting entire curricula on the Web—for free. Is there such a thing as a free higher-education lunch? I enrolled to find out
The polygraph, though used in hiring, marital disputes, and possibly even anti-terror investigations, is flawed. Now scientists are looking deep within the brain to devise ways to detect deception at its source.
Some monkey business in a Duke University lab suggests we'll soon be able to move artificial limbs, control robotic soldiers, and communicate across thousands of miles--using nothing but our thoughts.
A new study looks at the power of practicing well beyond mastery.
Will we grow babies outside their mothers' bodies?
An ambitious experiment is underway to harness the heat of a volcano in central Oregon. The process is green, efficient... and causes earthquakes.
A new study has found that EEG activity is possible beyond the point normally considered brain death.
Researchers discover that devil rays dive deeper than anyone knew--and solve a biological mystery in the process
The adolescent brain is setting the stage for adulthood
Researchers see a way to eavesdrop on our brains
Toddlers learn by testing hypotheses and analyzing evidence, just like scientists are trained to do.
The cold, hard facts
Brains learn better and forget less when connections are clustered
We spoke to candidates with science backgrounds from across the political spectrum
Could robots take over the world? That's the premise of this summer's I, Robot. And AI researchers aren't scoffing.
The next generation of artificial limbs-fused directly to human bone and commanded by the brain-promises effortless, natural motion. It can't come soon enough for the newest group of prosthetics wearers: U.S. soldiers
Dogs are the best bomb detectors we have. Can scientists do better?
Forget algebra homework: try building spaceships, operating a nuclear reactor or listening in to distant galaxies
As you head off to school, take a note from some of these brilliant learners, from all corners of the animal kingdom.
The ability to reprogram the immune system is one of the most sought-after goals in medicine. Now researchers are closer than ever to pulling it off in patients with Type 1 diabetes, one of whom happens to be our correspondent
PopSci attempts to determine, once and for all, which is the superior gender
Tiny nanoparticles are a huge part of our lives, for better or for worse.
Turn it up! Scientists have discovered that some species of birds can dance
The virus collects in deep pockets in the intestine, and spreads from cell to cell in part by touch.
The meteorite impact was a big factor too
High-speed movie cameras can shoot up to 20 million frames in the blink of an eye. The world is a mighty interesting place in ultimate slo-mo.
If historical patterns repeat themselves, the next ice age will occur within about 2,000 years.
Research shows tackling the hardest problems first could better teach children new skills
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
What's the best way to make scientists?
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.
Moving on up
Presenting the winners of the 2016 Vizzies
What makes mass murder possible?
Teens may be works in progress, but they help society evolve.
Let me Google that for you.
But what does it do?
Your August obituary of astronomer Thomas Gold implied that his oil-abundance theory is off-base, but hasn't recent research proved otherwise?
For studying to stick, psychologists say timing is everything
Child development: Down's kids learn to just do it.
Are some people just better at becoming fluent in new languages as adults?
New tech could bring closure for the families of 500,000 missing people
Into the woods we go!
Sports: Headfirst at 80 miles per hour on a steel platter. And you thought bobsled and luge were scary.
Sure, chimps and dolphins are smart. But did you know about the terrifyingly intelligent Komodo dragon, the paranoid squirrel, or the insect supervillain Portia labiata?
And if we combined the two, what extraordinary intelligence would they be capable of?
Six years' worth of incredible places.
They may be slow, but they cover entire football fields if left to their own devices.
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
On the Labrador Sea, the scientific crew of the research vessel Knorr hunts for underwater storms, sinks a two-mile mooring--and gathers clues to the planet's fate
It's a contentious, edgy argument! But it's flawed in just about every way. Here's how to exploit those flaws.
Time to play "name that cortex."
The science shows that fish use tools, feel pain, have long memories, and deserve better treatment from us.
A scientist gets cozy with the most alien microbes in the world
The secrets are in the sediment
"You gotta Crash and Learn."
Scientists share their favorite stories.
The annual Ig Nobel awards are a treasure.
Last October, Iceland's economy tanked. Its bailout? A two-mile geothermal well drilled into a volcano that could generate an endless supply of clean energy. Or, as Icelanders will calmly explain, it could all blow up in their faces
As students everywhere return to school, the luckiest are heading for caves and rocket firing ranges instead of lecture halls
The quest to understand, explore, and protect the amazing animals