A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
To help understand, consider your kitchen sink
Just implement a nice kill-switch, then everything'll be fine
Reporting from the Gulf, an offshore oil rig worker finds mundanity, a complacent obsession with safety, and the doom beneath it all
The first reactor-on-a-barge will bring power to Russiaâ€™s electricity-starved Arctic
"Cabled observatories" will give scientists a better picture of the unknown
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
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.
Fish that were exposed to oil when they were young will be unlikely to survive to reproduce.
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
Harness marine life to save marine life
So an industrial accident has blanketed your countryside in millions of cubic feet of caustic sludge. Now what?
Advanced ocean science tech helps researchers study the spill
Research suggests the use of chemical dispersants hinders oceanic microbes responsible for natural cleanup
Facts aren't political
The massive plume scientists announced last week might already be gone
Under the thawing Arctic ice lies bounty that could fill mouths, and pockets, around the world.
Why just rebuild the Crescent City when we can reinvent it? Here, the complete plan for riding out a category-5 storm
Science of the Union.
See the top ten hurdles facing game designers today, and the cutting-edge tech that will soon make them relics of the past
Doctors report surprising substance found during operation
Scientists have yet to agree on the scope of the disaster
And is it dangerous?
Researchers also finally figured out why Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings have so many of these pimples.
Willem van Cotthem's super-soil harnesses the power of Pampers to turn dirt into lush gardens
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
Sensors built into cellphones could detect hazardous chemicals and spread the word to people nearby
What could possibly go wrong?
A new study discovered illness and birth defects among Gulf Coast fish nearly 16 months after the BP explosion.
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
Just discovered: Glowing fungus, ship-eating bacteria, toughest-silk spider and terrible toothed leech
Career: Marine scientist
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
From vanilla to GMOs, how science shaped the taste of the modern world
Wings, antennae and scales may be our best weapons yet against toxins and explosives
Many machines over the past 60 years have been billed as the one that will make the big breakthrough in fusion science, only to stumble. This one could be different.
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. They averaged one every 10 minutes. And they weren't very scientific.
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
A new study suggests that ethanol production could drive up corn prices, leaving U.S. grains and meat in short supply
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
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. they averaged one every 10 minutes. And they werenâ€™t very scientific.
An unmanned Global Hawk recon drone will join a team of aircraft--all equipped with advanced weather instrumentation--to observe the 2010 storm season closer than ever before
2011 is shaping up to be a great year for science. Here's what to look forward to
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.
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
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.
With brutal hurricanes on the rise, scientists turn to far-out technologies to fight them off
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Ten amazing projects built by teens.
The 17 best micro-videos of the year show us the world invisible to the naked eye
Astronomy: Timothy Ferris eyes the amateur asteroid-watchers.
To an insect, air is as thick as oil. Michael Dickinson pursues the sticky question of how these creatures maneuver so flawlessly. The answers could spawn tiny new flying machines.
Your August obituary of astronomer Thomas Gold implied that his oil-abundance theory is off-base, but hasn't recent research proved otherwise?
When a former Russian major attacked the combat utility of Americaâ€™s aircraft, PopSciâ€™s radar homed in on the debate
Taber MacCallum helps hazmat divers safely explore contaminated waters
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
Democrats abandon hope of passing bipartisan bill this summer
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we take a look back at where it all began
Kansas kids dig deep and discover a mystery about the fats in french fries.
Scientists look to worm jaws, tougher than human teeth, for the next class of super-strong aerospace and construction material
Wind, solar, tidal—all are battling for the renewable-energy crown, but what about the six billion highly efficient short-stroke engines in our midst? What about us?
2312 is available on Amazon.
Thinking about a science degree? Consider a lab where research meets white-knuckled adventure
How faulty plumbing sank the world's largest oil platform.
Geologists say the end is nigh. New recovery tech may tell a different story.
It's the ultimate nightmare: a nuclear attack in the U.S. masterminded by terrorists. Here's how that could happen-- and how we can prevent it
Steven Chu, the new U.S. secretary of energy, is a Nobel-winning physicist and an unabashed advocate of fighting climate change. But can he negotiate the political realities of transforming the energy economy?
A California research team reveals how Mavericks, one of big-wave surfing's most famous breaks, is formed
Studies heralding the health benefits of our most sinful indulgences are a dime a dozen. But are they ever for real?
We go remote-control deep-sea fishing with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Investigators still don't know why or how this poisonous compound came to be found in a Las Vegas hotel room, but we've got the beta on its deadly effects
For environmentalist Jesse Ausubel, going green means land conservation and energy efficiency—and forgetting “boutique” renewables like windmills and biofuels
Electronic sensors can make distinctions about the world far beyond what humans can do.
And just how much fuel is that?
Stories of reindeer, walruses, and Mars simulations