See the top ten hurdles facing game designers today, and the cutting-edge tech that will soon make them relics of the past
Sit back while The Matrix Reloaded boots up the next generation of virtual filmmaking.
Plus the view inside blood vessels
Forensic scientists in Switzerland are pioneering a whole new way to do autopsies. No scalpel required.
A new medical-imaging system brings skeletons to life in 3-D
An unexpected payoff.
The awards for the other people in Hollywood who matter: engineers
If a few very smart neuroscientists are right, with enough number crunching and a powerful brain scanner, science can pluck pictures—and maybe one day even thoughts— directly from your brain
When David Hanson set out to build a robotic head, he saw no reason not to make it look just like a human. Then he stumbled into the Uncanny Valley.
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
Alan Burns made a fortune in the oil business. But as oil wanes, he's convinced that clean energy will be—must be—the next big thing. And so this inventor has poured his fortune into a challenge far greater than finding new oil deposits: extracting energy from the ocean
With the help of a psychology professor and a Pixar illustrator, Facebook is trying to make our messages a little more emotional.
And you may not be able to sleep tonight
How California is predicting and preparing for the inevitable.
How safe can a citizen expect to be in a post 9/11 city? What technology can a city use to make its citizens safe?
The winners of the Nikon Small World microvideography contest
Emerging medicine: Scientists design gold "nanoshells" that seek and destroy tumors.
A California research team reveals how Mavericks, one of big-wave surfing's most famous breaks, is formed
America is haunted by 100,000 missing persons and 40,000 unidentified sets of remains. Only one lab can truly connect the lost and the dead—and it's revealing the secrets of serial killers in the process
To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood
Del Toro begins his creature creation with "the National Geographic approach"
A standing ovation
They're easy on the eyeballs
A motion capture study explores the range of hip motion required for sexual activities.
The "Somah" solution could preserve organs for transplant in a state of suspended animation
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.
Getting two quantum particles to move at the same time may open the door to more breakthroughs in quantum computing
Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste. Meat-free meat might be the solution.
Could the secret to breakthrough science be as simple as having fun?
Para hockey has its own unique biomechanics.
Forget algebra homework: try building spaceships, operating a nuclear reactor or listening in to distant galaxies
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
The secret lives of starfish larvae.
Industrial fishing practices are killing the oceans, endangering a key food source.
Because bared teeth doesn't always mean what you think it means
When Mickey or Bullwinkle falls to pieces, it's Ron Stark to the rescue!
For the first time, scientists prove that the brain is able to guess possible meanings of a word before it is fully spoken
Subtle movements create current
But their effect in normal cells may prove toxic for the body
The tiniest endoscope yet takes 30 two-megapixel images per second and offloads them wirelessly. See how it works inside the body in an animation
A new human trial will chill gunshot victims to keep them alive
Science attempts to explain comparisons to Stryper, Zodiac killer sketch
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Popular Science's senior video producer discovered the lost film "The Terrors of the Deep."
These are the 2018 winners of the Vizzies Challenge.
The science of the "vampire facial"
A new study contradicts the common assumption that emotion-based facial expressions are recognized across cultures.
Until we can capture it in a bottle, slo mo footage is the best way to study this force of nature
The complex algorithm which bats employ to identify plants could make for the most advanced facial recognition software yet
Dallas Wiens suffered horrific burns in a 2008 accident
Spy-blocking goggles take camera-shyness to a new level.
Drop it like it's rain
A reader inquires: "Why can't we put people into some sort of cryogenic sleep and launch them to Mars--or to an even more distant destination, like Alpha Centauri?"
The human genome was just the start
People didn't start really noticing rocks from the sky until after the Enlightenment.
A study on an Italian beach turns up interesting results
This interactive periodic table is one of our favorite toys on the Internet this week
Police sketches from eyewitness accounts are notoriously unreliable. The question is, Will "DNA sketches" be any better?
Take a ride on a lunar lander to the rim of the Shackleton Crater
A new study says people act more selfishly when dealing with wide-faced men.
Popular Science spoke with Rick DeLano, whose movie The Principle shows the world's most famous cosmologists promoting the idea that the Earth is the center of the universe.
Short answer: Eventually, yes
A study tests the theory that men over-sexualize social situations and finds a surprising exception to the rule
This is the first time anybody has tried to quantify the beautifying effects of these procedures.
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Motion-capture software lets you try on clothes you find online
Greenbird smashes a decade-old speed record for wind-powered craft
The National Mall was transformed into a futuristic commune for the past two weeks as 20 teams from four countries erected solar-powered homes
Team Osaka's nanobiology lab created a petri-dish image of everyone's favorite Nintendo game character
The web is crawling with jokes, hoaxes and more insidious fakes. Digital-image experts aim to develop foolproof detection tools, but until then, seeing is not believing
Arun Majumdar has to decide which researchers will get millions of dollars, and he has to do it fast. He must spark an energy revolution within 20 years, or it's lights out for us all.
Feeding flies a "cryoprotectant" can save them from the cold
Also, crows are scared of Dick Cheney. Told you they were smart
And another one helps you see just how far it is to Mars.
The mouse-grimace scale measures pain for better analgesics