More scientists need to recycle this noble gas.
The Wari people used their corn-based beer to spread their culture across Peru.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Your super liberal and super conservative relatives might all have one thing in common.
Talking it out could make us less vulnerable.
The indicator state is asking: what's the best way to vote?
A new study from MIT suggests "fake news" often trumps the truth.
Teens may be works in progress, but they help society evolve.
Seeing isn't believing.
We need weirder math in the voting booth
By keeping the people down
How we'll communicate in the future
Vote early, vote deep
A study of 29 movies suggests canine co-stars increase a breed's popularity. (Caveat: People may just be buying more dogs in general.)
New NASA book looks beyond astrophysics to figure out how we'll communicate with extraterrestrials
New poll shows Tea Partiers in particular are anti-science.
Updates for climate change resilience may allow communities like Miami Beach to survive the century, but they're costing millions of dollars
Contrary to some previous studies, research from the University of British Columbia says "liking" a charitable cause publicly allows people to feel they've done their part without committing any actual money or time to it.
Extreme attitudes are usually accompanied by a sense that those beliefs are the only "correct" ones.
According to a poll
More mentions on Twitter mean more votes for a candidate, whether the buzz is positive or negative.
Goodbye, East Coast.
The science of being a horndog
A recent study found statistically significant evidence, but there is still more research to be done.
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?
A new study finds women give longer and more confident political speeches when they are exposed to images of female role models.
Researchers change opinions on political issues with a sleight of hand.
The legendary urban planning game has a lot to say about the way our societies affect the environment. And the newest edition says one thing in particular.
The corpse of Hugo Chavez is on display for a week.
This chart tells you that "the linguistic standard of the presidential address has declined" over time. The problem is, it's wrong.
Under the thawing Arctic ice lies bounty that could fill mouths, and pockets, around the world.
A deadly outbreak of cholera followed the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti three years ago this week. Jonathan Katz, the only American fulltime staff reporter stationed in Haiti at the time, explains what caused the outbreak--and why it was anything but inevitable.
Africa's rapid growth is not affecting the continent equally. Here's a look at five African countries that represent some of the brightest spots.
An animation by Northeastern University's LazerLab shows what's being donated, and where.
Including cellphones charged by fire, an airport under water, and more
When you make the geography reflect the electoral college, things get weird. SuperPACS and other political spenders understand that.
An amazing visualization of America's shifting political tides
Forget Nixon sweating in black and white--HDTV and direct-to-audience feedback are enough for people to change their opinions. But that might not even matter.
Projects like Turkey's Ilisu Dam can heighten political tension. But there are ways to bring it down a notch
Communications expert Greta Stahl reveals the five keys to a great political speech
The amount of water on Earth is fixed, but everything else is changing fast
How do you know you're comparing apples to apples?
First stop: Laos
Satellites that capture light from the sun and beam power back to Earth
With so many problems with our oceans--and solutions to them--it can be tricky to know where to start. So we asked the experts
A little exchange coupling goes a long way.
On the bright side, that's sooner than others suggest
For over two centuries we have struggled to understand the scope of Afghanistan's mineral wealth. Now geologists, if they can determine what lies beneath the nation's ground, might also help bring stability to the surface
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
A company plans to construct the world's largest solar power project ever, in the Sahara
Which technologies will finally free us from oil?
The best sources to follow the unprecedented torrents of information flowing from the ground via social media tools
A reactor ten times smaller than any online today is cheaper, but still lacks interested customers
Keep calm, and keep washing your hands
It turns out the oldest seafaring ships ever found actually work
The term may be bandied around a lot, but does the tech work?
At this year's spare but surprisingly upbeat North American International Auto Show, talk of an electrified future filled Detroit's Cobo Hall
Ancient South Americans displayed neighbors' severed heads
Technology has provided some of this campaign's best moments. Also, some of the worst
In her inaugural post the doctor explains why eating humans is bad; and eating margarine is barely any better
Survey reveals that creationism and ID are hardly extinct in high schools
Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry created techpresident.com to answer an important question this election season: Do Facebook friends equal votes?
Paranoid political demonstrators or a major breakthrough in robotics?
Looking for a clean fuel that grows anywhere, needs only sunlight and water, and could produce enough oil to free the U.S. from its petroleum addiction? Here´s one start-up's plan for converting oil from algae-yes, algae
In each issue, PopSci features the month's most astounding photos in the magazine's opening pages. Here, see our web-only version of the best sci-tech images around.
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
Ten sci-tech moments that mattered in 2006
How ideas from biology-evolution, immune systems and forensics-will keep your PC safe from hackers
Our ancient quest to create androids is about to destroy the boundary between humans and machines. Futurist, author and inventor Ray Kurzweil explains how
With the worldâ€™s wild fish stocks plummeting, experts say that something must be done to ensure our seafood supply. Are offshore fish farms the solution?
Within 10 years, infantry soldiers will go into battle with autonomous robots close behind them. One day, they'll be fighting side-by-side
Meet the extraordinary scientists whose innovations are bringing us robot cars, new cures and vaccines, the fastest-ever computer animations, and much, much more
A Beetle by Any Other Name
Biological threats provide fertile plot material for books, movies and videogames
The search is on for nukes in the U.S. Here are the tools
Historians haven't seen scientists this politically engaged since 1964
The grandest, strangest, smallest and most controversial stories and findings of 2004.
Tollbooths, ATMs, doctors' offices, online chat: You leave critical personal data behind wherever you go. Let's follow one American as he scatters his digital DNA.
To maintain accuracy and realism, producers of the film sought out military and government officials to advise them.
As the U.S. campaigns against terrorism, new technologies will move to the front lines.