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A three-year study will explore the nature of death and consciousness
One man's noise is another man's long-sought signal
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.
Fossils and molecular genetics are just some of the tools researchers have used to answer questions about the history of the human species
Home of the Antikythera Mechanism
From spontaneous materializing to a "warm little pond."
But it only works at sub-freezing temperatures for now
Your DNA holds the secrets of your ancestry, and at least a dozen companies offer to crack the code. But there's more than a bit of hype here.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
As the Large Hadron Collider readies to be fired up in Geneva, Physicist Brian Cox explains what it might reveal about the workings of the Universe—and why the grandest scientific instrument ever built is well worth the $6 billion investment
Image recognition technology spots landmarks, makes photo galleries smarter
Uh, some islands 'n' stuff?
Marcia McNutt talks about the power and importance of discovery
These are the 2017 winners of the Vizzies Challenge.
What bad headlines call lazy is what early humans called survival.
Science's greatest weakness is also its greatest strength
There are better ways to get science back into policy
On the Labrador Sea, the scientific crew of the research vessel Knorr hunts for underwater storms, sinks a two-mile mooring--and gathers clues to the planet's fate
Some of the greatest moments ever in figuring out how stuff works
For example, why is the CDC planning to grow the virus instead of destroying it?
From Mark Zuckerberg to Neil deGrasse Tyson
Excerpt: Mendeleyev's Dream
Steven Chu, the new U.S. secretary of energy, is a Nobel-winning physicist and an unabashed advocate of fighting climate change. But can he negotiate the political realities of transforming the energy economy?
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A finalist in the Rockethub-Popular Science #CrowdGrant challenge hopes to put an end to meanness—with sex.
U.S. Agricultural Research Service scientists have applied to release exotic Eurasian fungi to kill invasive tumbleweeds in the American West.
Rapidly, to account for humans' changing diets, according to a new gene study
Using innovative copyrights and a Web 2.0 platform, John Wilbanks may just transform how scientific discoveries are made
The virus traveled from Mediterranean to colder climes
Photographer shoots and assembles an entire day of skies
Lawrence Berkeley Labs' biggest energy research resource knows that big science often happens at very small scales--and very high temperatures
PopSci discovers the elements, one by one
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?
In the early 1900s, radioactive water was all the rage. Hard to believe smart people could fall for such twaddle--right?
Although some of us feel like we've heard this story before
Scientists have yet to agree on the scope of the disaster
An interview with Peter J. Bentley, PhD, author of The Science of Why S*hit Happens
Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever
Reconstructing the past with primordial goo
Rosalind Franklin would have been 96 today.
2+ Discoveries / 12 Months = Annus mirabilis
The Ig Nobel Prize studies are not a joke, but that's not to say you won't laugh.
Naturally occurring genes cannot be patented, but synthetic ones can.
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
Add it to the collection of deadly things that've turned up in government labs this summer.
Green light for synthetic biology
From arsenic to Prozac to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.
Just discovered: Glowing fungus, ship-eating bacteria, toughest-silk spider and terrible toothed leech
Last December, Felisa Wolfe-Simon announced the discovery of a microbe that could change the way we understand life in the universe. Soon she found herself plunged into a maelstrom of bitter backlash and intemperate criticism. A dispatch from the frontiers of the new peer review
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
Harvard has a world-class trove of valuable astronomical data. But it's in the form of half a million glass photographic plates
Our history is complicated. Our pre-history, even more so.
We promise, it doesn't all rhyme.
The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 started it all. Happy birfday, NASA!
60 years ago this week, the modern solar cell came into being. Here's how.
Canada's Arthur B. McDonald and Japan's Takaaki Kajita will split the nearly $1M prize
This week in New York, a media-infused science extravaganza
But it's a real, brand-new monkey, discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo--only the second new monkey species in the past 28 years. Meet the lesula.
A rare addition to the great ape family.
But what does it do?
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. They averaged one every 10 minutes. And they weren't very scientific.
Kansas kids dig deep and discover a mystery about the fats in french fries.
A Nobel prize winner at 33, Joshua Lederberg's findings were wide-ranging and far-reaching
We asked a writer to notice and decode the science claims he heard on a typical day. they averaged one every 10 minutes. And they werenâ€™t very scientific.
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
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
In short, because red pistachios look better than pistachios mottled with dark spots.
Cuba's future was meant to lie in its scientists; did it work out that way?
Capturing the motion of macromolecules will help researchers make better HIV drugs
Plus photographs of fad diets, Russian "skywalkers," and more
The EU makes its first ruling on the newly popular gadgets.
From the Renaissance to the present, the colors master painters choose to depict sunsets tell us what's in the air
Some scientific debate heats up online.
Unraveling a mystery about a spider that makes spider-shaped decoys in its web.
Growing right between the mayo and cheese
By keeping the people down
A giant thing to look at tiny things to understand giant things
A conversation with theoretical physicist Brian Greene
A Weirdest Thing holiday spectacular.
The Wari people used their corn-based beer to spread their culture across Peru.
Two biographies strive to clear the confusion.
As spaceflight is privatized, scientists will pay for space trips alongside affluent adventurers
The yeast S. cerevisiae is instrumental in brewing ale. But did you know that it's also instrumental in helping scientists better understand cells?
Could the secret to breakthrough science be as simple as having fun?
In a novel form of peer review, a biologist has given an colorfully fiery critique of a genome research consortium. Here's why.