It's probably time to stop acting surprised.
You can hone your corpse pose by hanging out with actual corpses.
An unexpected payoff.
The Simulated Multiverse is a theory; we asked a theoretical physicist how real is it
Plus, the skeleton of the man who brought leprosy to Britain
His techniques reveal how these schoolbus-sized reptiles were able to fly, and could help engineers design better parachutes and hang gliders.
A study from the Ohio State University looks into the physics of bouncing on trampolines.
Dark matter makes up much of the cosmos, yet no one knows exactly what it is. Soon, physicists may finally solve one of science's biggest mysteries.
How long can you get ahead by screwing other people over?
A computer simulation found nearby islands can amplify the severity of a tsunami by as much as 70 percent.
A warming world pulls the two factors of tornado formation in opposite directions.
During the Late Heavy Bombardment, not even space rocks were safe. This is good news for historians of the solar system.
How do we decide how rare an animal is? How do we figure out how long before it goes extinct? And how do we stop that from happening?
The possibility of a wet early moon casts doubt on prevailing theories.
A new theory suggests that unusual greenhouse gases might have kept the planet warm back before the sun was bright enough to do the job.
New study challenges the theory that an exploding star provided the impetus for our solar system.
New findings demonstrate how the moon could have been made from Earth parts, not kamikaze-planet pieces.
Stories of reindeer, walruses, and Mars simulations
How 'Higgsy' is this particle? More work needs to be done
How a quilter ended up in the pages of a particle physics publication
An astonishing look at some of the universe's most violent events: supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, collisions between galaxies and more
What makes investors do the wrong thing, all together, pretty much all the time?
We visit operating rooms, observatories, and islands full of slightly-less-than-rational monkeys to find the young geniuses who are shaping the future of science
Invisibility is a staple of science fiction, from H.G. Wells to Romulans. Now scientists see a way to make objects disappear
Worms, planets, extra dimensions: just a few of the things that inspire the most creative young scientists of the year
To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood
Nerdy Mad Libs Fool the Experts
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?
Awed at the pace of technological advances, a faction of geeky writers believes our world is about to change so radically that envisioning what comes next is nearly impossible.
Malaria kills an estimated 1 million people every year. Should scientists and policy makers attempt to genetically engineer the eradication of its prime carrier, the mosquito?
The morality of intelligence in laboratory-made worlds.
Video gaming gives dentists-to-be practice time on virtual teeth
It's virtually impossible.
We're probably not living in "base reality"
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
The computer program recognizes items, learns and remembers--and even passes some basic components of an IQ test.
The human brain won't be surpassed by computers any time soon.
What does it take to become a citizen astronaut?
Probability solves a great question of time travel. Well, probably.
Virtual renderings, made from drone maps, could help with real science
If Mars is a little far, try scenic eastern Morocco.
A dirty bomb produces no nuclear chain reaction, no mushroom cloud. Yet its aftereffects could be devastating
Living neurons are coming up with better solutions for electricity distribution than people can.
Run for the hills; or better yet, live there already
Her intricate computer simulations re-create the birth of our moon, among other ancient dramas.
Consumer videogame technology inspires the U.S. Army's new recruit-friendly training tool. Then it bounces back to the consumer market and to an Xbox near you.
A machine eats, digests, andâ€”well, you knowâ€”all in the name of art. It's amazing, but it ain't pretty.
Taking the "what the frack" out of materials engineering
An international programming project aims to create virtual nematode life.
Do they use them to do good or evil?
Europe just kickstarted the Human Brain Project with massive cash.
Plus, a star named "Nasty"
This dangerous storm is looking pretty trippy
What we can learn from a massive meteor crater
A different sort of computer virus gives drug developers new weaponry
See the top ten hurdles facing game designers today, and the cutting-edge tech that will soon make them relics of the past
Physics can't find the biggest thing in the known universe, so it's looking beyond our paltry three dimensions. Michael Moyer enters the zone of insanely hard mathematics, translates what he finds into plain English, and makes it back alive.
Move over, LHC -- the ILC will be 20 miles long
A picture starts to emerge from the fog
Later this year, the black hole in our own galaxy will do the same, munching on a passing gas cloud.
Making a sticky situation even stickier
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 of Rock, Paper, Scissors talks about game theory
Plus, read on for a PopSci.com giveaway!
How we covered the Scopes Monkey Trial, the discovery of Java Man, the Piltdown Man hoax, and milestones in the history of evolutionary theory
The Roadrunner supercomputer could tell you what it's doing, but then it would have to kill you. Seriously.
Plus a truly psychedelic supernova, like whoa
You can test your fish schooling smarts, too.
Despite numerous challenges to the theory, it remains foundational
The key: first, model hurricanes.
The science and the fiction of time travel are weird. But the science is weirder.
Researchers are uncovering some pretty strange culprits behind the obesity epidemic—everything from air-conditioning to infectious love handles
Imagining a world without the father of evolution
It's a fact of the archaeological record: Modern humans survived and Neanderthals did not. Why? And what does it teach us about our own survival?
Dark energy, gravitational waves, and black holes may be just the beginning
A conversation with theoretical physicist Brian Greene
Once shunned for his AIDS theories, Peter Duesberg is back in the spotlight.
Scientists are building ultra-cold systems that mimic the most extreme edges of the universe. Can these analogues help solve the big bang's mysteries?
How Albert-László Barabási went from mapping systems to controlling them
An illustrated explanation of why the world's most obnoxious virus at least doesn't stick around all year.
Teaching people game theory is good. Making them live it is even better, says UCLA professor Peter Nonacs.
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
Solving Darwin's puzzle of kindness.
According to the laws of physics, the world should not exist. To explain why we're here, scientists are recreating the universe's fiery beginnings by pitting matter against antimatter and watching them annihilate.
Alternative "disclaimer" stickers for science textbooks
A study of worker bees offers proof of Richard Dawkins' famous theory
A recent fossil discovery gives renewed credence to a theory of massive and swift extinction
Popular Science's fifth annual survey of just how bad it gets