Spider-Man's robotic twin takes the hassle and expense out of building inspections
Green cars galore! The U.K.'s largest auto show debuts a slew of sexy new fuel-sippers
Diabetics, say goodbye to pre-meal shots
Zoom in on more examples of the highest-resolution photos ever made in the Gigapxl gallery
Tissue engineers serve up lab-bred meat as an alternative to cattle farming
The Germans consider DNA testing to match poop to pooch
Something Fishy Going On
Nerdy Mad Libs Fool the Experts
A hall of fame of past Sci-Tech Oscar winners
Overwhelming atmospheric evidence supports the reality of global warming--and humans' role in causing it
A new therapy shuts down the genetic process that causes eye disease
These high-performance machines will run you as much as $15,000. Here's why a custom-built racer is a bargain
The odd music of the spheres
Why do seemingly ordinary people become stalkers?
Gentlemen, charge your batteries: four vehicles that won't need gas to top 300 mph
A breakdown of 2004 voting machines by county, and a few hotspots to watch
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
His complex equations describe the havoc wreaked by catastrophic collisions.
Brainy, offbeat, audacious: Meet the new generation of scientific innovators, and be awed.
A Hollywood ending for a comp-sci guy: his graphics software goes to the movies.
He distills the fundamental rules that govern birds, bees . . . all of nature.
His device lets him look inside the brain to see where memories reside.
Using DNA as his tool kit, he invented a new way to make chemicals.
New research shows they work wonders in cancer-riddled mice.
It takes more than a village to keep a virus in business.
Scientists teleport atomic particles and push quantum computing closer to reality.
Birth of a new city star
Motorcycles thrilled civilians first. The military then tapped the nimble bikes for use in combat and reconnaissance.
Book of the month: Ghosts of Vesuvius
From crustacean companions she learns the ups and downs of animal motion.
A new report on marine health could make you queasy.
Replacing computers in Iraq isn't easy--so the military opts for the thicker, better-sealed, waterproof machine.
Precision is paramount when aiming missiles--more so than when driving to the mall--and $150,000 per system scores the primo parts.
Way bigger budget, way bigger needs--controlling weapons and sensors while flying a fighter plane in combat--result in way better head-up display.
Occupied? be happy!
H2O: potable, then portable
Have chair, might survive
21st-century phone booth
Swiss army knife for a village
Chemist turned stylist etches 3-D text onto human hair.
An oversize printer could speed up building construction.
It's called body packing, it's dangerous and gross, and new technology makes gut-based drug smuggling harder to spot.
In the dark and chatty world of avatars and assumed identities, this cybercop is a virtual Sybil, trolling for creeps and thieves.
A rocket torpedo that swims in an air bubble
A microbial scale paves the way for better toxin detectors.
The handheld "smart communicator" will have the memory and processing power of today's best desktop computers, and it'll display on any nearby screen. The virtual laptop is pocket-size.
A new rapid-fire gun could save lives rather than take them.
What takes place inside a fuel cell is electrolysis in reverse
Superior-optics binoculars are the top priority. Then, if you want to follow Whitney's lead, digital recorders and a digital scope/camera combination.
Can you tell birdsongs apart? Listen in.
Here's hoping this month's release of the Hollywood sea-fighting epic Master and Commander will do justice to those magnificent men and their sailing machines. On these pages, the mightiest ships of then and now.
Coming to German sewer pipes this summer: Robotic snake inspectors.
Sports tech: Lance Armstrong's latest gear assault on the Tour de France.
Chuck Cramer, consumer watchdog
Did SARS start in space?
The key to good health is all in the wrist.
Athletes who follow their heart now have a smart monitor to help them.
Small? Yes. Nifty? Yes. Accurate? Not always.
Sit back while The Matrix Reloaded boots up the next generation of virtual filmmaking.
A tiny telescope may rescue degenerating eyes.
The FDA sidesteps human safety trials to clear a risky anti-nerve-gas pill.
A strange phenomenon was shredding Glen Canyon Dam. Here's how it was saved.
Robert Ballard's latest initiative puts a remote-control ROV at your fingertips -- and America's little-seen underwater national parks in full view.
Medicine: Botox can also help the genuinely young.
Epidemiology: The government may let you have a smallpox injection, if you choose. Should you get one?
How to stay balanced
Astronomy: Timothy Ferris eyes the amateur asteroid-watchers.
Baseball: How ESPN's K-Zone technology gives fans a better view of home plate.
Oceanography: They came from the bottom of the sea.
A brain teaser featuring classic figures of computer gaming.
With the right equipment, cows can be trained to milk themselves.
We help America's first family of high-tech fireworks prepare for July 4th.
The shorter your kayak, the smoother your ride.
The first handheld radiation detector
A new device that tests for as many as 10 drugs in less than 5 minutes.
Two new books credit technology for the Allies' victory in World War II.
Water and fertilizer are just the beginning--especially when the field is brand new.
If one of your hominoid ancestors hadn't gotten a viral infection millions of years ago, you might look really, really different today.
Rubbing your finger around the rim of the glass is much like taking a bow to a violin string.
There are hundreds of reasons why someone might have two different-colored eyes.
Microbiology: Shirts, shoes, and even magazines--all from a petri dish.
A building contractor's fascination with ancient shells is unique and contagious.
The world's first wearable defibrillator
Warmth without mummification.
Thrills: On the new (2,400-hp!) world's fastest roller coaster.
Books: Neither nature nor nurture, argues controversial author Paul Ehrlich.
In 1818, a French engineer invented a device that enabled workers to tunnel under rivers without having mud and water ruin their efforts.
Someone who was born blind experiences sounds, smells, and sensations while dreaming, but are their dreams visual?
Our FYI editor explains how the 360-degree circle came to be.
Inventors: Meet Michael Worden, a classic amateur inventor.
Animal behavior: You can learn a lot from a featherhead.
Medicine: Ultrasound waves are more than loud enough to rouse a sleeping fetus.
Does an announcement that no anthrax was found mean with certainty that none is there?
Stress wrecks your head -- and, sometimes, the truth.
Oceanography: Scientists get 'em close-up with CaveCam.
Stephen Hawking's new book strives to explain how everything works.