Cheery happy times
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.
New meds could directly combat the effects of radiation poisoning for the first time
Several of Japan's nuclear power plants are experiencing serious damage from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Here's what you need to know to understand the news, as it happens
A different kind of carbon-14 dating
Already, smart unmanned subs are set to replace dolphins as undersea mine sniffers. Next tech: mine detonation, remote sleuthing and robotic combat.
Congress will scramble to address the isotope paucity this week
Keira Havens went from boom to bloom
To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood
It sounds scary, but we're probably fine
Are you ready for the end of the world? View this survival checklist from 1951 Popular Science.
Sprayers plan attacks from the ground and sky.
As nations around the world rush to reconsider their nuclear plans, nuclear experts look toward a future of smaller, safer reactors designed to greatly reduce the likelihood of a Fukushima-sized catastrophe
We're getting better at detecting it, but the number of cases keeps growing.
It's all about enrichment
A new response posture also dictates nukes will not be used against other non-nuclear states in the event of a biological or chemical attack
For environmentalist Jesse Ausubel, going green means land conservation and energy efficiency—and forgetting “boutique” renewables like windmills and biofuels
Nuclear energy is looking like it will be a big part of a fossil-fuel-free future in the U.S. But the big question remains as big as ever: What's to be done with the waste it generates?