A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Advanced ocean science tech helps researchers study the spill
Research suggests the use of chemical dispersants hinders oceanic microbes responsible for natural cleanup
Harness marine life to save marine life
A new study discovered illness and birth defects among Gulf Coast fish nearly 16 months after the BP explosion.
To help understand, consider your kitchen sink
The massive plume scientists announced last week might already be gone
Fish that were exposed to oil when they were young will be unlikely to survive to reproduce.
Scientists have yet to agree on the scope of the disaster
As seen in the June issue of Popular Science. We love this photo
Prolonged exposure to high concentrations of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol can cause headaches, eye and skin irritation, and difficulty breathing.
How faulty plumbing sank the world's largest oil platform.
Geologists say the end is nigh. New recovery tech may tell a different story.
According to a senior International Energy Agency official, the energy watchdog agency fears the truth would trigger panic buying
They are also apparently safe to eat.
Your August obituary of astronomer Thomas Gold implied that his oil-abundance theory is off-base, but hasn't recent research proved otherwise?
A new strain of hemp produces oil with all the qualities needed for fine frying.
Or for a month stuck anywhere, really.
Evolution in the absence of biological molecules
New findings on what human activities are able to trigger earthquakes, and what kinds of quakes we may be setting off
A few bubbles can go a long way
The Hawk Recycler breaks down waste products and spits out clean, usable fuel
Both the Atlantic and Pacific areas saw a record number and intensity of storms.
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
Reporting from the Gulf, an offshore oil rig worker finds mundanity, a complacent obsession with safety, and the doom beneath it all
Democrats abandon hope of passing bipartisan bill this summer
So an industrial accident has blanketed your countryside in millions of cubic feet of caustic sludge. Now what?
Just discovered: Glowing fungus, ship-eating bacteria, toughest-silk spider and terrible toothed leech
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
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
And is it dangerous?
Facts aren't political
Just implement a nice kill-switch, then everything'll be fine
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.
Doctors report surprising substance found during operation
Hundreds of species of plants and animals have been waiting literally decades to even be considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Thankfully, that's about to change.
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
Look at this shark, it has more heads than sharks normally have (they usually have one head).
In defense of sleep
How California is predicting and preparing for the inevitable.
This one's made of carbon, and it's super absorbent, too!
Willem van Cotthem's super-soil harnesses the power of Pampers to turn dirt into lush gardens
The Arctic's "new normal" includes more plants, less snow
Researcher models bacteria-controlled robots
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.
A new study suggests that ethanol production could drive up corn prices, leaving U.S. grains and meat in short supply
Most of the world's ocean species died--and lots of land-based ones, too--and it might have been the fault of a microbe.
An estimated 50,000 gallons of crude oil are "missing."
What could possibly go wrong?
The first reactor-on-a-barge will bring power to Russiaâ€™s electricity-starved Arctic
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
The key is a crispy exterior and a soft interior.
Science of the Union.
Researchers also finally figured out why Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings have so many of these pimples.
"Cabled observatories" will give scientists a better picture of the unknown
These elite nuclear divers are risking their lives to help save a troubled industry.
It's damage-resistant, cheap, and so much fun to watch
Long before pipes and bowls, people in Central Asia burned cannabis plants in wooden bowls and inhaled the smoke.
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.