What could go wrong if we send all our food safety experts home while the government settles its dumb argument? Oh wait.
Or at least keep your teeth cavity-free. A growing chorus of medical researchers say our bacteria-killing zealotry is misguided. Instead of fighting bugs, they argue, we should train them to do our bidding and then set them loose in our bodies. The trouble is keeping them there
Much faster than previous tests
Cute and contagious beasts
Why is it so hard to pinpoint ancient diseases?
A single outbreak of norovirus—or any foodborne illness—can cost quite a lot.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
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
Zoonotic diseases can go from us to them.
Correcting some misconceptions about, well, conception.
Study shows pesticide levels likely linked to birth defects in babies conceived during spring and summer months
Fact-checking Todd Akin
The things that parents do and eat can change what traits they pass on to their unborn babies--but scientists are saying it's too soon to be giving pregnancy advice based on epigenetics studies.
The Black Plague, Third Pandemic and Spanish Flu wiped out hundreds of millions; they have nothing on today's worst diseases
Be grateful, dear reader, that someone else does the hard, dangerous and downright grody work involved in truly audacious science
No caffeine? Say it ain't so, science!
Rats whose DNA changes with grooming, fetuses less damaged by cocaine than tobacco, and more in this week's round up
A recent study shows that a huge percentage of Peru's emergency contraceptives are not what they appear.
'Tis the season for conception.
In a new column we tackle the studies that make us say "duh." First up: HIV-positive women still want babies
Overweight moms who underestimate weight gain more
Previous attempts to transplant uteri have largely failed.
Will too many hot chili peppers kill you? Is the moon on the verge of erupting? PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
Ants, minus the venom
How to heal an infection that defies antibiotics? Another infection. Doctors in Eastern Europe have used lab-grown viruses to safely cure millions of wounds. So why can't we do the same here?
How do you tell if a flu is dangerous enough to bring down the Olympics? Map diseases in real-time, throughout the entire country
The government shutdown is harming important scientific work in many ways, a Nature editorial this week reminds us.
The transcript from our February 2002 infertility chat on America Online.
Will we grow babies outside their mothers' bodies?
We're doing so much better than teens in the 1950s.
See how scientists are learning from the most common form of life on Earth to fight cancer, produce ethanol and maybe even grow crops on the moon
Researchers have found some nasty microbes in turtles off the coast of Mexico
No meat was contaminated, but the rare gene could easily spread
By observing the seahorse's unusual sex roles, scientists hope to learn more about how they came to be
These seven bacterial and viral agents form a deadly bioterror lineup
Heroin is in; venison is out
Social support during breast-feeding may help humans reproduce faster than non-human primates
Bludgeoning bacteria instead of drugging it
Using microwave technology, one company says it can make bread last for two months, thus cutting down on food waste. Ah, first-world problems!
Since the beginning of the month, officials have fished out 16,000 pig carcasses found in the river that serves tap water to Shanghai. Is it really still safe to drink, as officials say?
The latest in a long line of destructive invasive species in Florida might be one of the worst.
As ice barriers melt, pathogens expand their ranges.
The internet knows a lot about you. It takes outlaw tactics to opt out.
Researchers are uncovering some pretty strange culprits behind the obesity epidemic—everything from air-conditioning to infectious love handles
This year, shop SciMall for glowing rodents, animal guillotines, and more
Babies' genomes hold clues that can save their lives, but that same information could be used in far less noble ways. Where should we draw the line?
Plus, some of the other astonishing finalists
Researchers suggest tracking mammals may help deal with future outbreaks
If you cheat on your spouse, you can't yet plead biochemistry in divorce court. But rodent-brain research sheds light on why some lovers stay, some stray.
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?
A Japanese study suggests looking at cute animal pics can help your concentration. We've thoughtfully provided some so you can test that out for yourself.
A new study shows how newborns can tell the difference between their native language and a foreign one.
A new study argues a cure for syphilis caused the advent of modern sexuality, not the pill.
Yet another review of the science answers: Yes.
A new genetic study finds just how closely related human and pig flu viruses were during a 2012 outbreak.
Plus, a scientifically accurate way to trim your nails
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Canines can detect poachers' contraband, but the job puts them in danger.
Newsworthy eye candy
Salmonella, Listeria and unlisted active pharmaceutical ingredients, oh my!
In the movies, doubles are sinister or idiotic. Now we've got real-life test cases: genetically engineered cats
Is it possible for male humans to carry babies? Many scientists hope not
A natural hormone boosts social skills for autistic patients
New study tells women to get real. Ouch!
The morality of science, and more, in today's links
Attempting to be as effective as animals
It's making you depressed and infertile
Building a shark factory
A New York woman has set a new record
Did you know it was Glasgow docs who developed diagnostic ultrasound in the 1950s?
Early treatment answers some questions, raises others
Because there are enough already, thanks.
How personal trackers will change health care.
Unemployed? Maybe you should have worn glasses to your interview.
The Food and Drug Administration ordered to comply within 30 days