Whip up a whiz-bang holiday feast using lab-tested principles of chemistry and thermodynamics.
Mouse milk (for people), spider-goats, pain-free cattle, and nine more
AquAdvantage salmon--otherwise known as the "FrankenFish"--has been approved for consumption already. But now the FDA has ruled on its environmental impact, and not everyone agrees with the ruling.
The salmon population in an area dosed with iron has doubled.
Curiosity has found some intriguing stuff in the Martian dirt, but it's not clear whether trace organic material is from Earth.
DNA from fish parts could lead to better TVs and cellphone displays
For the advanced kitchen chemist, or the merely curious-discover the high-tech appetizers, entres and desserts behind today's culinary revolution
New research uncovers unusual benefits of vitamin D
Thanks to biotechnology and widespread genetic modification, the meal you'll enjoy tomorrow certainly isn't your grandma's feast
They still get sick and die; they just can't spread the disease
What it takes to mend a dammed-up ecosystem
The food experimenters who publish Cook's Illustrated have put together a cookbook featuring 50 kitchen science lessons every home cook should know. We put some to the test.
For traditional mining culture as well as particle physics, it's a real scientific gold mine
Tips on making Turkey Beer and other highly questionable holiday brews
Peculiar portraits of championship chickens, by award-winning photographer Tamara Staples
Preserving food isn't hard--the challenge is in the flavor (or lack thereof, or disgustingness thereof)
Investigating diseases of prehistory
We asked a bunch of our favorite people about their holiday plans
Overwhelming atmospheric evidence supports the reality of global warming--and humans' role in causing it
Can cell phones pop popcorn? Just watch
NHL players have 90 sticks to choose from. Here's why 40 percent of them choose this one.
Chemical burns, ruined clothes, 11 years, half a million dollars-it's not easy to improve the world's most popular toy. Yet the success of one inventor's quest to dye a simple soap bubble may change the way the world uses color
It's one of the closest stars we've seen, but it's so cool we didn't notice it before
So odd, yet so true
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?
Earth's yellow sun is the source of its power.
It is the best of what's new.
Anatomical compromises from millions of years ago have made birth hard for humans.
Charred flatbread found in a fireplace dates back to 14,400 years ago.
Meet the wee, multilegged chefs behind the world's most sought-after loaves.
What makes each bear species stand out against the rest?
In 1998, Boston became the first major school district to connect all its schools to the Internet
His skills as a string theorist helped him trace swine flu back to swine and revealed the source of a mysterious salmon plague
Charlier recently analyzed Richard the Lionheart's heart and an anonymous 13th-century cadaver, saying of the latter that it "was smoked, like salmon or like pork." Nom?
Just because something is old doesn't mean it isn't still awesome!
Designed it, anyway. And pro chefs cooked it. Recommended!
How Clostridium, a nasty pathogen, makes an infectiously delicious confection
You should probably just cook it
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
Jellyfish invasions, Internet auctions, god particles: Read about the year's biggest science stories before they happen. Bonus: How to decipher geeky jargon and when to buy a DeLorean
Which industries do the most damage to the environment?
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Global warming is taking a toll on fishâ€”and helping jellyfish rule the sea
If cultured fish is fed with wild stock, are we doing more harm than good when we buy fresh from the farm?
"Cabled observatories" will give scientists a better picture of the unknown
In the northernmost reaches of Canada, within the Arctic Circle, scientists have found fossils of...camels. Wait, what?
The caveman diet, barefoot running, co-sleeping: We spend an awful lot of time trying to live like our ancestors. Here's why that logic is wrong.
The explanation for the infestation.
Dogs are the best bomb detectors we have. Can scientists do better?
The expected rules of physics are no match for a determined tea leaf.
Scientists discovered the tiny clam crawling on California sea urchin spines. Its Linnaean name is Waldo, mostly for the sake of puns, I think.
Consider the chemistry.
The flies, created by the same company that has tested genetically modified mosquitos, are designed to crash local populations of the pest.
The first European explorers thought they were American Indian burial mounds, but found only dirt and pebbles inside when they sliced one of the mounds in half.
The Arctic's "new normal" includes more plants, less snow
There were rumors that the African tigerfish could catch and eat flying birds, but it hadn't been proven until now.
We are very excited to learn about how snakes get to know each other, and also to be kind of weirded out.
The state of diarrhea-preventing goat milk, flu-resistant poultry, and cleaner pigs.
New rules under the sea and on the plate
A marine scientist plans to use mackerel as surrogate parents for Pacific bluefin tuna
A microbiologist explores the distinctive odors of a day at the beach.
Plus, science sushi. Yum!
Bill Faloon has pursued immortality for decades. Now he's got lots of company. What does science have to say?
Cassie and Jesse set sail.
Your cellphone does not in itself cause cancer. But in the daily sea of radiation we all travel, there may be subtler dangers at work, and science is only just beginning to understand how they can come to affect people like Per Segerbäck so intensely
Additional Gray Matter columns
Titanic honcho James Cameron has some advice for NASA on how to both seduce and educate a jaded public
An ant-size microwave cooks DNA to catch crooks
What's it like to grow up with a mother who is a distinguished physicist and the sister of one of the most famous scientists of the 20th century? In the month of Mother's Day, Popular Science News Editor Charles Hirshberg remembers.
When all else fails, MacGyver It!
While their peers worry about zits, these rising young stars are designing lunar bioreactors and new cancer drugs. What did you accomplish before turning 18? Meet our eight future Edisons here
Why do people seek out yaks, bears, and other exotic eatables? An enthusiast tells why, and how
You know bacon is delicious, but did you know it contains enough energy to melt metal?
Pour out some dandelion wine
Artwork to ashes, microscopy to microscopy.
A seven-item hors d'oeuvres tour through the wonders of bug-eating
Summertime in the city. Ugh, New York City, you sweaty mess.
Greening the world's most iconic skyscraper
Courtesy of Tim Shaw, whose television show launches tonight
Legos: a plant researcher's new BFF
It could be great for desalinating water and other applications.
Preserve like an Egyptian