A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Advanced ocean science tech helps researchers study the spill
The massive plume scientists announced last week might already be gone
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
Research suggests the use of chemical dispersants hinders oceanic microbes responsible for natural cleanup
A new study discovered illness and birth defects among Gulf Coast fish nearly 16 months after the BP explosion.
Fish that were exposed to oil when they were young will be unlikely to survive to reproduce.
Harness marine life to save marine life
Scientists have yet to agree on the scope of the disaster
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
To help understand, consider your kitchen sink
Just discovered: Glowing fungus, ship-eating bacteria, toughest-silk spider and terrible toothed leech
So an industrial accident has blanketed your countryside in millions of cubic feet of caustic sludge. Now what?
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
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
And is it dangerous?
An estimated 50,000 gallons of crude oil are "missing."
Just implement a nice kill-switch, then everything'll be fine
Facts aren't political
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?
Science of the Union.
The first reactor-on-a-barge will bring power to Russiaâ€™s electricity-starved Arctic
The key is a crispy exterior and a soft interior.
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.
"Cabled observatories" will give scientists a better picture of the unknown
It's damage-resistant, cheap, and so much fun to watch
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
Researchers also finally figured out why Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings have so many of these pimples.
Look at this shark, it has more heads than sharks normally have (they usually have one head).
See the top ten hurdles facing game designers today, and the cutting-edge tech that will soon make them relics of the past
In defense of sleep
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
How California is predicting and preparing for the inevitable.
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we take a look back at where it all began
The 17 best micro-videos of the year show us the world invisible to the naked eye
A commute so quick you could just die.
This one's made of carbon, and it's super absorbent, too!
Under the thawing Arctic ice lies bounty that could fill mouths, and pockets, around the world.
He designs nanomaterials with outrageous abilities
Why just rebuild the Crescent City when we can reinvent it? Here, the complete plan for riding out a category-5 storm
Sensors built into cellphones could detect hazardous chemicals and spread the word to people nearby
Microsoft unveils Sun Microsystems' vision for 2004
As seen in the June issue of Popular Science. We love this photo
FDA wants to make this official and recently asked to know more
Tiny nanoparticles are a huge part of our lives, for better or for worse.
The mystery is not eye-opening.
U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield. One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
When a former Russian major attacked the combat utility of Americaâ€™s aircraft, PopSciâ€™s radar homed in on the debate
Out of the wild
Astronomy: Timothy Ferris eyes the amateur asteroid-watchers.
The best honey probably doesn't come in a plastic bear
Willem van Cotthem's super-soil harnesses the power of Pampers to turn dirt into lush gardens
Wondering what it was like in New York when Sandy made landfall? Popular Science senior editor Martha Harbison took to the streets (and now totally regrets it).
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.
The Arctic's "new normal" includes more plants, less snow
Scientific organizations worry that a movement to grant more rights to pets could spill over to mice and lab rats.
Researcher models bacteria-controlled robots
One of the many amazing inventions that came about by accident.
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.
2312 is available on Amazon.
How faulty plumbing sank the world's largest oil platform.