The first color photo of Pluto, a warm-blooded fish, and much more
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
As the U.S. campaigns against terrorism, new technologies will move to the front lines.
A rocket torpedo that swims in an air bubble
A kinetic missile that flies at mach 7
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.
A compendium of the fastest things the world has to offer, and a celebration of the technological breakthroughs that feed the rush
Here's hoping this month's release of the Hollywood sea-fighting epic Master and Commander will do justice to those magnificent men and their sailing machines. On these pages, the mightiest ships of then and now.
A physicist in Congress weighs in on electronic voting, missile defense and why politicians tend to ignore science
A Russian missile test or a meteor remain the top guesses for a strange spiraling light phenomenon
Also, Arnold Schwarzenegger blows up an elephant tusk
In his book The Most Human Human, Brian Christian looks at the artificial intelligences we've built, and what they say about us
U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield. One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
A room full of computers gets shut down while the missile flies by above the building.
Astronomy: Timothy Ferris eyes the amateur asteroid-watchers.
Already, smart unmanned subs are set to replace dolphins as undersea mine sniffers. Next tech: mine detonation, remote sleuthing and robotic combat.
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.
Toxin sniffers, missile jammers, dirty-bomb detectors: Will a new security arsenal make us safer?
The big and bad crises that could wipe out humanity
Arun Majumdar has to decide which researchers will get millions of dollars, and he has to do it fast. He must spark an energy revolution within 20 years, or it's lights out for us all.
Proof of a bioterror program is hard to come by. In the Iraq conflict, impatient politicians and media jumped to conclusions.