The body electrician
Bill Nye The Science Guy speculates on the future of mankind
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
The most promising new treatment for severe depression isn't a pill. It's a permanent implant that shocks the brain. Is this what joy looks like?
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
Meet the extraordinary scientists whose innovations are bringing us robot cars, new cures and vaccines, the fastest-ever computer animations, and much, much more
In the movies, doubles are sinister or idiotic. Now we've got real-life test cases: genetically engineered cats
Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever?
More Military-Civillian Technology Fisticuffs: Who's Got The Edge?
Bill Paxton and Genya Chernaiev help the Cameron brothers explore the Ghosts of the Abyss using two custom bots.
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.
New designs and materials will make future skyscrapers sturdier, safer, and smarter.
See the top ten hurdles facing game designers today, and the cutting-edge tech that will soon make them relics of the past
From reviving extinct species to hunting for dark matter, can a single scientist transform biology--and our lives?
Its creations earn patents, outperform humans, and will soon fly to space. All it needs now is a few worthy challenges
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
Is selective memory erasure more than a Hollywood fantasy?
How do we defeat the world's deadliest creature?
Using nature as a guide, geneticists build plants with qualities evolution could never produce
It's not just good news for lovers of salsa.
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?
A deadly disease threatens oranges all around the world.
Forget algebra homework: try building spaceships, operating a nuclear reactor or listening in to distant galaxies
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
The limits of travel are defined not by what vehicles can do, but by what vehicles can do to us. So how much can we take?
The state of diarrhea-preventing goat milk, flu-resistant poultry, and cleaner pigs.
An unexpected payoff.
Kits from a new crowdfunding campaign could send you everything you need to get started
Saddled with poisoned real estate, one city turns to GM trees to mop up the mess.
Worms, planets, extra dimensions: just a few of the things that inspire the most creative young scientists of the year
Are nuclear disasters the new normal?
Researchers have developed a new kind of genetic engineering that may be safer, with the power to make never-before-seen types of protein.
Cancer-killing nanoparticles, fat-fighting nucleic acids and more breakthroughs set to transform health care
We chat with Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist who consulted on the film, about realism in space thrillers, why actors are better than robots, and more.
Will the debate sway you?
A new genetic engineering technique rewrites the language of life
Biohacking kits help you modify genes in the comfort of home
The National Mall was transformed into a futuristic commune for the past two weeks as 20 teams from four countries erected solar-powered homes
Leading scientists present their 2020 visions
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
The man behind the world's most powerful camera confronts killer viruses, nude sunbathers and the San Diego Padres
Jurassic World and Hitman: Agent 47 suggest that tinkering with DNA can lead to deadly results. But what does the science say?
New type of genetic engineering could lead to bacteria with enhanced abilities
Making up for a lack of genetic diversity.
Thinking about a science degree? Consider a lab where research meets white-knuckled adventure
Need to get away from it all? Popular Science presents an exclusive tour of CSS Skywalker, an orbital resort that's a lot closer to reality than you might think
A 21st century electric-car revival is under way. But the first challenge—building a cheap, safe, powerful battery—is the hardest
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Your cellphone does not in itself cause cancer. But in the daily sea of radiation we all travel, there may be subtler dangers at work, and science is only just beginning to understand how they can come to affect people like Per Segerbäck so intensely
A new understanding of brain chemistry could usher in an age of biologically enhanced humans
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Already, smart unmanned subs are set to replace dolphins as undersea mine sniffers. Next tech: mine detonation, remote sleuthing and robotic combat.
The banana as we know it is on a crash course toward extinction. For scientists, the battle to resuscitate the world's favorite fruit has begun--a race against time that just may be too late to win
It would be the first crop to go on sale that has been genetically altered with the enzyme
Scientists try to turn HIV's greatest strength—mutation—against itself
Los Alamos scientist Steen Rasmussen plans to one-up nature by cobbling together a brand-new creature that reproduces and evolves. Is he making a biotech marvel that will do our bidding, or a test-tube-size Frankenstein monster?
The Fraser fir is an ideal Christmas tree, but it could always use improvement. One tree scientist is making them stronger and hardier.
The rice would help those who suffer from mineral deficiencies in developing countries, but the agency hopes U.S. shoppers will bite, too.
A Slate investigation finds no merit in one writer's claim that she's allergic to genetically modified corn.
Meet a stem-cell transforming biologist, a synthetic leaf creator, and the other scientists awarded a 2015 Macarthur fellowship
Breeding a Better Baby, Maybe
The science and the fiction of time travel are weird. But the science is weirder.
The new bug is the first with complete resistance to the parasite -- and it passes that gene on to its children
Thanks to biotechnology and widespread genetic modification, the meal you'll enjoy tomorrow certainly isn't your grandma's feast
Next-generation cancer therapies are notoriously expensive. But maybe not for long.
5 strategies for beating antibiotic resistance
Programming bacteria like computers, scientists tap an unexpected labor force.
Or, which pepper will make the most hilarious YouTube video when you film yourself eating it?
A different sort of computer virus gives drug developers new weaponry
Maybe. Although some of the ideas aren't pretty
Searching for a nanoparticle in a haystack
She fought mental illness stigma, championed feminism, and made science cool
Back to the (genetic) roots
Avoid politics with newts, mice, dogs, and more
Ron Toms wants you to learn history and engineering. And if you want to pelt your siblings with dried peas, that's fine too.
The Royal Society warns that, to keep the planet fed, food production must increase by 50 percent over the next 40 years
In Kenya, two new varieties of wheat are resistant to a fungus that defeated even Norman Borlaug's resistant plants.
Unfortunately it won't allow humans to squirt ink, at least not yet.
Scanning your brain while you watch horror movies might hold the key to making them even more frightening. The findings could reshape the way scary movies—perhaps all movies—are filmed
The breed risks collapsing under its own traits
Grocery stores may look a little different.
Looking to boost your science smarts? First test your IQ organ, then follow our 6-point brain regimen. Soon you'll be crunching bogus claims and citing stats with the best.
The author subjects himself to genetic tests, scans and other high-tech diagnostics to report on how the trend toward "personalized medicine" will affect us