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 carbon tax would make companies think harder about using fossil fuels, which spur rising acidity in the seas
As the seas absorb more carbon dioxide, their pH drops.
Geoengineering could cause more problems than the global warming it aims to stop
Geoengineering is always controversial, but it's even more controversial when you don't tell anyone first.
We spent twenty-four hours on a Greenpeace boat in the Gulf of Mexico looking for oil and dispersant among marine life. On the six-month anniversary of the leak, we report back
Both the Atlantic and Pacific areas saw a record number and intensity of storms.
Astronomy: Timothy Ferris eyes the amateur asteroid-watchers.
The Triassic die-off is one of 5 mass extinctions on Earth in the past 542 million years.
Location matters. Especially to extinction-causing asteroids.
I study the motion of the ocean through rocks.
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Excerpt: Mind Fixers
Excerpt: Good Enough
Armed with better batteries and stronger materials, new submersibles aim to go deeper than ever before and open up the whole of the unexplored ocean to human eyes
A microbiologist explores the distinctive odors of a day at the beach.
Industrial fishing practices are killing the oceans, endangering a key food source.
A new report on marine health could make you queasy.
Already, smart unmanned subs are set to replace dolphins as undersea mine sniffers. Next tech: mine detonation, remote sleuthing and robotic combat.
The president sets in motion the largest ocean preserve ever—but will industry kill it?
Global warming is taking a toll on fishâ€”and helping jellyfish rule the sea
Atmospheric warming is causing saltier oceans and nastier storms
On the Labrador Sea, the scientific crew of the research vessel Knorr hunts for underwater storms, sinks a two-mile mooring--and gathers clues to the planet's fate
How fish adapt to a warming world is top of mind for governments eager to profit off of a robust fishing industry. Will climate change rule in their favor?
With the upcoming release of the major motion picture Europa Report, a couple of Jet Propulsion Lab scientists explain how science fiction has evolved in response to our growing understanding of space.
To reach the bottom of all five oceans, this Texas businessman commissioned “the most significant vehicle since Apollo 11.”
A California research team reveals how Mavericks, one of big-wave surfing's most famous breaks, is formed
We go remote-control deep-sea fishing with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Salty ice could keep ocean currents flowing
Turbines to take root in the sea
As students everywhere return to school, the luckiest are heading for caves and rocket firing ranges instead of lecture halls
"Cabled observatories" will give scientists a better picture of the unknown
The base is nearly as big as New Mexico!
An astronaut's view of the Pacific Ocean
Could sudden climate change wreak independence day-level havoc? The director of The Day After Tomorrow let us run his new disaster flick by the experts. Uh-oh.
Could sudden climate change wreak Independence Day-level havoc? The director of The Day After Tomorrow (out May 28) let us run his new disaster flick by the experts. Uh-oh.
A new machine lets scientists create monster waves--and ways to survive them
With brutal hurricanes on the rise, scientists turn to far-out technologies to fight them off
Vacuum Tube Train
What causes a monster wave? Scientists are drilling seismic hot zones to find out
Much of Earth's oil reserves can be traced to a single volcanic eruption, scientists say
The world's most famous sunken wreck becomes a boon for deep-sea microbiologists.
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
When it's 115 degrees in March, it might take a Hail Mary of a solution to help us
A working model of the estimated $5-million device could be ready within a year.
They hang between life and death in a delicate balance.
Scientists say we're ill-prepared for devastating tsunamis.
A new device that amplifies waves and captures their energy could soon power parts of Rhode Island
A million straws could mellow the next Katrina
Eternal Reefs will mix your ashes with concrete and turn you into an artificial reef on the ocean floor.
From time travel to rogue waves, the best (and worst) of this summer´s movies. Now with PopSci´s EGQ: Expected Gibberish Quotient. Launch the slideshow here.
The successful test run of an AUV gives oceanographers hope for an autonomous vehicle that can gather data for months at a time
Looking to nature yields an innovative material
The free software from Google gives scientists a new world view
Scientists design a microwave device to halt invasive aquatic critters
For environmentalist Jesse Ausubel, going green means land conservation and energy efficiency—and forgetting “boutique” renewables like windmills and biofuels
If cultured fish is fed with wild stock, are we doing more harm than good when we buy fresh from the farm?
The nation's satellites document environmental threats around the globe. So why is the future of earth observation in peril?
Fertilizer and sewage runoff cause the worst marine pollution, but we can reverse their effects
Some methods that people have suggested for preventing, or stopping, a hurricane--and why they might not work
Tens of millions of starfish-like creatures live side by side on an underwater mountain.
Plus 3D-printed hair
We have the technology to I.D. them near their source, but getting the word out may still be the hardest part
Supplying energy to homes using only the motion of the ocean
9/11 fanned fears of more terror attacks by air. But our 95,000 miles of coast may be much more permeable. Here's the new defense strategy.
Scientists studying the oft-maligned undersea creature are finding more than meets the eye
The tomatoes of tomorrow could solve multiple problems if grown in salt water
These mysterious creatures exist today more or less unevolved from the forms they had hundreds of millions of years ago
The Navy´s next destroyer is two football fields long, but on radar it looks like a fishing boat
Sometimes our biggest fear is not knowing what to fear most. Fortunately, the weird science of risk analysis can teach us to judge better and fear smarter
A mysteriously healthy patch of coral reefs in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf might provide scientists with ways to protect the rest of the reefs
These ten awe-inspiring science projects range from the world's largest undersea observatory to the "ultimate microscope" to a Jupiter orbiter on a suicide mission--but they're all massive, often in both size and scope
Career: Marine scientist
Political struggle could have permanent scientific effects.
Plus adorable echidna puggles
Oceanography: They came from the bottom of the sea.
Looking to boost your science smarts? First test your IQ organ, then follow our 6-point brain regimen. Soon you'll be crunching bogus claims and citing stats with the best.
Tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, landslides--The single certain thing about nature´s killers is that they will strike again, and again. Our only defense: ever better prediction and protection
In his lab far from the scene of a crime, Skip Palenik forges unbreakable chains of evidence from dust & detritus. Let's watch the master at work.
A mega-drill will go where no machine has gone before: into Earth's mantle