"Static electricity charged barbed wire fences, stalled automobiles, and made men's and women's hair stand on end"
With brutal hurricanes on the rise, scientists turn to far-out technologies to fight them off
Digging up the particles trapped in layers of Arctic ice.
A solar disaster isn't a question of if, but when--and it looks like soon
A lot of meteorological terms will be thrown around for the next few days. We're here to define them so you can understand what's going on. Welcome to the Dictionary of Hurricane Sandy.
Hurricane Sandy wasn't a "superstorm." Not because it wasn't a "super" "storm," but because "superstorm" is an imaginary scare-term that exists exclusively for shock value.
It exploded from a tropical storm to a category five in just 27 hours.
Dust may help astronomers understand the formation of stars and planets
Two solar flares have sent magnetic fields to our planet -- and scientists aren't sure how they're going to impact each other.
Small but mighty, distant dust packs a powerful punch
Can Western allergy kits diagnose patients in Pakistan? To find out, Rubaba Hamid visited hundreds of homes to collect their dust—and dust mites.
A gun that fires a million rounds a minute
With Hurricane Gustav, we're less than halfway through what scientists say will be a 17-storm season
Gosh, look at all those dark materials ... I mean dust
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
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).
During a moon dust measurement experiment, a physicist accidentally figured out how to help weather forecasters.
The dust was rediscovered last month in a UC Berkeley warehouse.
It's a well-oiled machine.
Curiosity has used its special planet-cleaning kit for the first time.
Microbes on the ocean bottom ate iron forged in the heart of a dying star
Terrifying for anyone on the plane, but an awesome video for us back on solid ground.
Astronomers find an old-looking galaxy in a young universe.
New walls in the Rockaways will protect a vulnerable stretch of the A train tracks.
A million straws could mellow the next Katrina
"Hurricane Marco Rubio ravages the East Coast."
An image filter helps researchers find patterns in the sun's violent weather systems.
Newsworthy eye candy.
A storm's radar signature could help scientists better predict twisters
A life cycle of stars
Environmentalists said the move is an important first step toward fighting elephant poaching.
Mars is cooperating
As Mars rover Curiosity approaches its terrifying landing, we have to face the fact that 'Mars wins most of the time'
Western architects have grand plans for helping China solve its expanding environmental crisis. But the world's dirtiest country already has the power to clean up all on its own
From the Renaissance to the present, the colors master painters choose to depict sunsets tell us what's in the air
In 1972, the astronomer was discovering properties of Mars we never thought possible.
Really, really old
In a fun competition to design a 3-D-printed Martian habitat, three designs are finalists.
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.
Huzzah for snow in June and ice in Florida!
Last May, a massive tornado leveled Joplin, Missouri. Was it chance, or a warning of things to come?
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
In each issue, PopSci features the month's most astounding photos in the magazine's opening pages. Here, see our web-only version of the best sci-tech images around.
Did an eruption turn Icelandic vikings into Christians?
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
Slow down a supercell, add some angelic music, and it almost looks welcoming.
The 20 ideas, trends, and breakthroughs that will shape our world in 2014
A view into some of the rarer types of lightning
Scientists say the dry spell that's costing the Golden State billions could be man-made.
Not your rainy afternoon trip to the science museum
Short answer: Blame it on hot air, or swirling air, or something else
When it's 115 degrees in March, it might take a Hail Mary of a solution to help us
Your regular reminder that weather is a wild system of tiny causes and huge effects.
How 140 scientists look inside the world's most dangerous weather
At McKinley Climate Lab, researchers create fearsome weather to test cars and planes.
Here's how these huge storms form.
Satellites provide a safe and accurate alternative.
Why just rebuild the Crescent City when we can reinvent it? Here, the complete plan for riding out a category-5 storm
3:18 p.m.: 8.5 million homes are without power. That represents 7 percent of the U.S. population.
More folks than ever live in cyclone-territory, but less are dying
The islands almost never encounter storms like this
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
The storms are far from over.
Both the Atlantic and Pacific areas saw a record number and intensity of storms.
A new rapid-fire gun could save lives rather than take them.
Humans can predict the future when we have some evidence--like clouds and the smell of rain hinting at a storm. But can we anticipate future events without sensory clues?
Our models of where storms are going have gotten much better, but we can't really predict how strong they'll be once they get there.
As the first potentially deadly hurricane of the season nears the Gulf Coast, government employees are working around the clock to monitor it and issue warnings. And they're doing it for free, because of the government shutdown.
Unless you are. In which case, ugh, sorry, that looks bad.
A serious hidden hazard.
Wind speed isn't everything.
In his lab far from the scene of a crime, Skip Palenik forges unbreakable chains of evidence from dust & detritus. Let's watch the master at work.
At 20 feet below sea level, new orleans is a prime target. An ambitious new levee system would decrease the risk
DNA-testing Martian soil could lead us to life on another planet
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
Are nuclear disasters the new normal?
Fighting hail with chemicals, combatting tornadoes with computers, and other weather-battling techniques from the PopSci archive
From the Popular Science archives, the hurricane house, the seismograph camera, the forest-fire-fighting dirigible, and more.
Swings in temperature are what the MJO does best.
Will satellites one day forestall a tornado's formation, instead of just recording its aftermath?
Our reporters deliver the latest on autonomous vehicles.
AirDat's sensors, currently installed on the nosecones of 160 commercial airplanes, beam real-time atmospheric data to forecasters
How better weather forecasts predict a more efficient future
What a predicted 2013 blast from the sun could mean for the U.S.