Plus, glass on Mars
Science's greatest weakness is also its greatest strength
We chat with Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist who consulted on the film, about realism in space thrillers, why actors are better than robots, and more.
With the upcoming release of the major motion picture Europa Report, a couple of Jet Propulsion Lab scientists explain how science fiction has evolved in response to our growing understanding of space.
It's a fact of the archaeological record: Modern humans survived and Neanderthals did not. Why? And what does it teach us about our own survival?
A working, large-scale quantum computer is still a decade away, but researchers are currently turning a critical corner from theory to building the first small quantum systems
Inventor claims breakthroughs come to him under self-induced hypnosis
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
The man behind the world's most powerful camera confronts killer viruses, nude sunbathers and the San Diego Padres
Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever?
Harvard has a world-class trove of valuable astronomical data. But it's in the form of half a million glass photographic plates
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
Worms, planets, extra dimensions: just a few of the things that inspire the most creative young scientists of the year
A new understanding of brain chemistry could usher in an age of biologically enhanced humans
One man's noise is another man's long-sought signal
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, talks with Popular Science's reporter about the prehistory and the present of mass species die-offs
Fossils and molecular genetics are just some of the tools researchers have used to answer questions about the history of the human species
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
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions