In celebration of BOWN's 20th anniversary: highlights of our best (and, yes, worst) predictions about the important technologies of decades past
We're all familiar with images of lurching robots performing rote tasks on the factory production lines. But the capabilities of robots have evolved well beyond the banality of those grainy industrial films.
FDA wants to make this official and recently asked to know more
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 Tech Museum of Innovation spends $5 million for audiences to design life
He just needs to get it to them
It might not (just) be foul play.
A new plan is raising eyebrows in the conservative whisky industry
Design guru James Dyson handpicks a winner and two runner ups from over 400 projects for his industrial design competition
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Pigs not only inspire scientists via delicious, brain-sustaining pork products. See the latest pig-influenced developments in medicine and tech, from diabetes treatments to pig-urine-flavored cigarettes
If cord-free power delivers on its promise, our "wireless" world will finally live up to the name
A century of agricultural innovation vastly increased the amount of food--but with it came an increased population, and now hunger is on the rise. Fixing it will require an unlikely alliance
The key is a crispy exterior and a soft interior.
To reach the bottom of all five oceans, this Texas businessman commissioned “the most significant vehicle since Apollo 11.”
Using smart grid tech, solar panels and energy-efficient appliances to create homes that produce as much energy as they use
Student visions for robots, space nutrition, and more
2011 is shaping up to be a great year for science. Here's what to look forward to
Patenting viruses doesn't restrict research--it gives an incentive to do more research.
Dream investor Peter Thiel is giving budding scientists a financial leg up, but with a controversial twist.
Sports tech: Lance Armstrong's latest gear assault on the Tour de France.
Plus, tinsel experiments you can perform at home
When Osman Ozcanli and his team of technology hunters get their hands on the world's best technologies, something remarkable happens.
We weighed dozens of variables, from the number of homes with wireless internet to the number of robotic surgeries performed at local hospitals, to rank U.S. cities by tech quotient. And the winners are ...
Nearly a decade ago, NASA built an Earth-monitoring satellite that could have observed global warming in action. Then the agency stashed it in a warehouse in Maryland, where it remains to this day.
Recycling: It's not waste unless you waste it.
Microsoft unveils Sun Microsystems' vision for 2004
A peek inside the simple gears and complicated math that make up one of the coolest devices in your house
Inventor claims breakthroughs come to him under self-induced hypnosis
This year, shop SciMall for glowing rodents, animal guillotines, and more
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Minneapolis ranked first among U.S. cities in innovative transportation solutions, fourth in energy technology.
The pressure to green-up the Olympics builds with each games, forcing the host cities to get creative. Like using beetle-chewed wood for your skating center's roof
It is the best of what's new.
The History of Popular Science
The National Mall was transformed into a futuristic commune for the past two weeks as 20 teams from four countries erected solar-powered homes
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
Ken Miller designs smoke displays for NFL games and air shows, but he tests his most destructive creations at home.
Fascinating fecal science.
One preeminent scientist tackles the moral and ethical issues that come with the business of genetically enhancing our biology.
Three years after its Human Transporter was supposed to change the world, Dean Kamen's innovation factory unveils a successor that just wants to have fun.
Lives often hang on Palenik's precise identification of a fiber or fleck of metal. In his workday, there's no room for error.
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.
Sure the candidates said the right things, but do their records match their rhetoric? As part of a two-week investigative series, Popular Science looks into the voting record of Senators McCain and Obama
From the "too good to be true" files: A team of Mexican scientists have found a way to turn everyone's favorite liquor into everyone's favorite precious stone
As the Large Hadron Collider readies to be fired up in Geneva, Physicist Brian Cox explains what it might reveal about the workings of the Universe—and why the grandest scientific instrument ever built is well worth the $6 billion investment
In a highlight of last week's conference, Gates calls for zero emissions and agrees with Obama: We need nukes
Plus, a star named "Nasty"
One might change the way we treat cancer for good.
A commute so quick you could just die.
We're not built for this stuff.
Time is subjective.
Playing with time.
But you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
A round-the-clock telescope, a communication-squelching jet and an anti-shrapnel adhesive
The next generation of artificial limbs-fused directly to human bone and commanded by the brain-promises effortless, natural motion. It can't come soon enough for the newest group of prosthetics wearers: U.S. soldiers
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.
An open letter from PopSci to President Obama about science and the future
Astronomy: Timothy Ferris eyes the amateur asteroid-watchers.
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.
The invention of a nanobrain takes us one step closer to the future of medicine
Ed Letter: As the election nears, the candidates finally reveal where they stand on some crucial scientific issues
Invisibility is a staple of science fiction, from H.G. Wells to Romulans. Now scientists see a way to make objects disappear
Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever
Tis the season, after all.
Nike's latest apparel innovation reinvents how you sweat. Or does it?
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
At the dawn of Prohibition, the future of happy hour looked bleak, but PopSci's archives reveal that within every speakeasy resides a science lab, and within every bootlegger, an unlikely inventor or chemist
Depending on who you ask, these long-ignored, widely-scattered elements are either a dealbreaker or no problem at all
Master brewers fine-tune strains of yeast to craft the perfect beverage.
To Baldomero Olivera, venom is nature's drug industry.
Both the Atlantic and Pacific areas saw a record number and intensity of storms.
San Diego's medical-tech innovations include making defibrillators as common as fire extinguishers
Test tubes make lousy wombs. Now comes a device that nurtures embryos like the real deal
Check out this blast from the past, courtesy of the PopSci archives.
Silicon Valley's fabled invention machine shows its latest tech
NASA, Google and other top thinkers establish university for future leaders
Fried explains how group workshops drive a new kind of innovation.
Dogs are the best bomb detectors we have. Can scientists do better?
At a speech at Georgetown University, he laid out the basics for how the country will combat climate change--whether or not Congress helps.
An unearthly demonstration of the eternal feud between superconductivity and magnetism
Change is (usually, sometimes) the only constant.
Cuts to the government agency's budget would impact a lot of science.
Who did more as a Senator to support scientific integrity?
Our dependence on big systems--big oil, big coal--steers us away from little ones, such as biofuel made from garbage, that are transforming communities in other countries
Satellites that capture light from the sun and beam power back to Earth
Tyson's book "Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier" is out today
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist