Fermenting bacteria could help prevent food spoilage
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.
Or at least keep your teeth cavity-free. A growing chorus of medical researchers say our bacteria-killing zealotry is misguided. Instead of fighting bugs, they argue, we should train them to do our bidding and then set them loose in our bodies. The trouble is keeping them there
Studies heralding the health benefits of our most sinful indulgences are a dime a dozen. But are they ever for real?
How a virus seems to help fight off HIV and Ebola
From arsenic to Prozac to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.
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?
An open letter from PopSci to President Obama about science and the future
Information about how terrible drugs and alcohol are for your health doesn't seem to be an effective deterrent, a new study says.
But not really. A research paper shows how perfectly verified statistical results can still be perfectly wrong.
Epigenetic molecules that regulate genes may influence homosexuality.
Welcome to a future in which big data helps law enforcement predict and punish crime before it happens.
Jayson Lusk's new book makes the case for robot chefs and pink slime
It's time to go viral.
New research uncovers unusual benefits of vitamin D
How science can give us more diverse and flavorful brews
Cholesterol-lowering drugs may help prevent yeast infections
When men were men and sodas were cocaine-laced nerve tonics.
The holidays are over and the weather outside is still frightful. May as well make use of it.
New studies on fitness, fatness, baldness, and more
5 reasons to enjoy your ham and cheese sandwich
Mental health bill receives widespread support, but details still blurry
What's the best way to make scientists?
The nation's research-grade cannabis is controlled by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, whose mission to curb use is at odds with that of researchers looking to study pot's therapeutic properties.
Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste. Meat-free meat might be the solution.
Startup Clear Labs is scanning food products to identify just what's in them
Is laughter the best medicine?
Science of the Union.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Using in-car monitoring apps to keep an eye on things like blood sugar
Well, how much can you drink? (It better be a lot.)
As corn supplies dry up, green stuff from the sea could feed livestock
Scientists still aren't sure why brain training only works for some people.
PopSci learns, over the decades, that cocaine anesthesia, radioactive drinking water, and cryogenic cancer treatments are actually not good for your health
Researchers are trying to determine the answer to a decade-old question
Understanding risk begins with clear language about numbers.
Scientists find a double health punch in two of our favorite legalized substances
Is some research so dangerous it shouldn't be done at all?
Metabolic reconstruction offers insight into how microbes work together
What have the Romans ever done for us?
Pepsi Special claims to block the body's ability to absorb fat. How does that work?
The calculations were a part of how the agency decided on its proposed laws to regulate e-cigarettes.
Not at the hospital
An antimicrobial peptide from Eurasian frogs can speed up tissue regeneration
To green or not to green?
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
The gene responsible for our hyperactive downfall might be the key to keeping nomads healthy
Pets provide significant relief from college's unique stress factors
A tragic blaze in an Oregon hospital erupted from hand sanitizer earlier this month. Should you be worried?
Solving Darwin's puzzle of kindness.
Scientists discover that babies fed with enriched formula developed higher IQs than their breastmilk-fed peers
Scientists discover the drug may help dementia patients retain memory for as many as six additional months
The Ig Nobel Prize studies are not a joke, but that's not to say you won't laugh.
Mouse milk (for people), spider-goats, pain-free cattle, and nine more
An up-front investment in eyes could generate a trillion dollars over five years, a new study says.
It's impressive researchers have managed to conduct even that many studies.
But the jury's still out, overall, whether paying doctors by their performance works.
It's not just useless crap.
Hint: It's a powerful combo of steam and heat.
A skin-care company builds a futuristic facility to stockpile human tissue. Should you donate?
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 findings may be no-brainers (yes, you do get sick in winter), but these studies uncover hidden truths in conventional wisdom
This is your brain on stress
UC Berkeley researchers are the first to explain how a compound in broccoli and cabbage can inhibit an enzyme to battle breast and prostate cancers
Researchers are uncovering some pretty strange culprits behind the obesity epidemic—everything from air-conditioning to infectious love handles
DARPA's 100-Year Starship project is getting underway
Most future human diseases will come from animals, and our pets could be one source of those illnesses.
People have been turning away from psychotherapy in favor of medication for years, despite the evidence that therapy works. Here are a few tips for improving the industry's image.
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.
Fifty years ago, the U.S. surgeon general first declared that smoking tobacco causes lung cancer. Popular Science readers could have known that was coming.
After an intense struggle to stop the spread of infection, Nigeria hasn't seen an Ebola case in six weeks.
A new study looks at the power of practicing well beyond mastery.
The frog that laid the golden egg.
In the early 1900s, radioactive water was all the rage. Hard to believe smart people could fall for such twaddle--right?
Keep them shut. Researchers find a nap is the surest way to retain information
Do either candidate's record support their stance on stem cell research?
The tiniest tech is growing fast, and largely unregulated
Everything you need to know about the hottest topic in
medicine, from big-league breakthroughs and new therapies to emerging health risks and the patients willing to take them