Sci-fi movies should bend the rules to impress audiences, but they can't play people for complete fools. Review the most science-distorting movies of 2012 in this gallery.
Some methods that people have suggested for preventing, or stopping, a hurricane--and why they might not work
Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?
A new ice age, exploding stars, the hypothetical Doomsday Machine, and more scenarios that are almost certain to eradicate life on Earth
It's the ultimate nightmare: a nuclear attack in the U.S. masterminded by terrorists. Here's how that could happen-- and how we can prevent it
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
A dirty bomb produces no nuclear chain reaction, no mushroom cloud. Yet its aftereffects could be devastating
A 14-year-old arrested for bringing homemade clock to school draws support from Obama, Zuckerberg, and more
Scientists cast doubt over the Pentagon's plan to build a new nuclear bunker buster
How much destruction would a nuclear bomb cause if dropped on or near your hometown? Two online calculators do the math
The gases help confirm it really was a nuclear test.
Who really stole the secret of the atom bomb? In this PopSci.com exclusive, the producer of the NOVA special tells us what it was like to be involved with this project.
To pay for his education and support other enterprising students like him
Not just for fictional villains anymore
Fires force lab to close, but officials say hazardous materials are secured
As the Summer nears, reports surface of multiple security sweeps for radioactive material at Olympic sites
A former spy's excruciating death by radiation poisoning marks the beginning of an era of high-tech hit men who can kill from anywhere
Edward Teller's life and work changed life itself.
An uncovered file documents Cold War-era investigations into an important question: is it safe to drink beer that was exposed to an atomic bomb detonation? And does it taste OK?
Steuart Pittman, head of the U.S. fallout shelter program, died earlier this month at age 93. As a reminder of just how frightening the Cold War was, check out these old family-style bunkers from the pages of Popular Science.