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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
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Cool tricks with relative density
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.
Researchers are teasing out the ways we perceive flavor, from our tongue to our nose to the genes that dictate how we taste food. In the process, they're uncovering exactly which flavors will transform a dish into an offer you can't refuse
Last December, Felisa Wolfe-Simon announced the discovery of a microbe that could change the way we understand life in the universe. Soon she found herself plunged into a maelstrom of bitter backlash and intemperate criticism. A dispatch from the frontiers of the new peer review
A microbiologist explores the distinctive odors of a day at the beach.
To deduce how and when the Earth was formed, we need to know exactly what it's made of.
PopSci discovers the elements, one by one
How a furry-convention-attending, Midwestern-accented fox owner teamed up with a bizarre Floridian exotic animal importer and a Soviet geneticist to bring pet foxes to your living room.
By turning its crime problem into a data problem, Santa Cruz is reinventing police work for the 21st century
Add graphene to get detectors that can measure breathing, blood pressure—and spider footsteps
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
This is your brain on stress
Not every student falls asleep at the thought of doing another lab. For a fortunate few, homework means setting off bombs, making lightning, crashing cars, and unleashing 100mph winds. Come meet the luckiest students in the country inside (with video)
Yes, you read that correctly.
Three physicists share the prize
Fermi would approve
How 'Higgsy' is this particle? More work needs to be done