But the findings are not without their fair share of critics.
Interviews with doctors suggest the Lone Star tick, and the allergy to sugars in red meat that it can cause, is on the rise.
Electrocuting animals, stealing credit, self-aggrandizing, and more
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.
Out of the wild
If fear really is all in our heads, Joseph LeDoux thinks he can eliminate it. The first step is to block out our memories
Awed at the pace of technological advances, a faction of geeky writers believes our world is about to change so radically that envisioning what comes next is nearly impossible.
A Chinese wind-turbine company strikes a deal to become the exclusive supplier for one of the largest U.S. wind farms
Drop it like it's rain
Scientists are turning to microbes to manufacture scents and flavors
Fungi and a photosynthetic partner also work with fungal yeast
Technology may be ushering in a golden age of stalking, in which predators use GPS, cellphones and other devices to track and terrorize.
We can't ride on the tiny submarine, tiny submarine, tiny submarine
Jayson Lusk's new book makes the case for robot chefs and pink slime
This rosy treat remains shrouded in mystery.
For one thing, there would be a glut of aspiring cinematographers and sound designers.
500 Women Scientists, and counting, are changing the face of the field
They're windows into the heart of the Earth.
British soldiers who were captured by the Germans during the Battle of France dreamed about lots of food, and not that much violence.
It's called shrilk, and no, it won't cause allergic reactions.
Cheaper, plant-based carbon fiber could be used to make lighter cars that consume less fuel.
It's all about enrichment
Storing information on microscopic media
Correcting some misconceptions about, well, conception.
First it came from pigs, then GM bacteria. Now, the garden
Nauseous pregnant women in the U.S. can finally have access to the morning sickness drug Canadians have been using for years.
A potential green power source for self-powered electronics
Nanotechnology in food could be the cure-all we've been searching for. But is it safe?
The stuff of shrimp shells and exoskeletons makes for a strong, light, and biodegradeable replacement for plastics
Snakes on a plane.
Meanwhile, genome detective work could uncover new weapons in the war on bugs
Toggling graphene's magnetic field on and off could lead to faster, smaller electronics.
How humans invented zero—and why some tried desperately to do without it.
Next step: the moon, brought to you by your local fast food chain.
Playing with time.
ESA wants your help to guide development of an international asteroid mission.
There's more to it than smarter A.I.
Living neurons are coming up with better solutions for electricity distribution than people can.
Head in the clouds? Then it's time to make yourself a useful citizen scientist.
Armani developed sensors that are speeding scientific discovery across many fields.
Scientists deploy genetic forensics to protect overhunted animals
A 400,000-year-old fossilized skull could provide a missing link
A new study suggests that ethanol production could drive up corn prices, leaving U.S. grains and meat in short supply
Advances in medical science may well lead to more-than-human abilities
Designed it, anyway. And pro chefs cooked it. Recommended!
Just a little jaunt from Brazil down to the Southern Ocean and then back up the African Coast to Madagascar
The rover is getting ready to fire up its drill.
A scientist stationed in Antarctica tells about the biggest scientific discovery of the year, and how to have fun at the Pole.
What bad headlines call lazy is what early humans called survival.
Excerpt: Mendeleyev's Dream
As spaceflight is privatized, scientists will pay for space trips alongside affluent adventurers
Lawrence Berkeley Labs' biggest energy research resource knows that big science often happens at very small scales--and very high temperatures
Using innovative copyrights and a Web 2.0 platform, John Wilbanks may just transform how scientific discoveries are made
A critical failure in Kepler's alignment may spell the end for the storied planet hunter.
In a novel form of peer review, a biologist has given an colorfully fiery critique of a genome research consortium. Here's why.
And you thought your relatives were odd looking.
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
In 2010, OxyContin introduced a new formula that drug abusers can't crush to a powder to snort or inject. This is how it works, chemically, and whether it actually deters abuse.
Happy Canada Day
More scientists need to recycle this noble gas.
In this piece from 1921, PopSci subjects the Sultan of Swat to a battery of scientific tests hoping to discover the secret behind his superhuman swing
The 2012 Nobel Prizes have thus far inspired only snores.
Yet another review of the science answers: Yes.
In the future, spider-strengthened silk could go into bulletproof vests.
Post-9/11 laws protect Americans from the mishandling of potential bioterror agents. They could also slow down some vital medical research.
It's a step toward curing baldness with stem cells made from a person's own skin.
We spoke to candidates with science backgrounds from across the political spectrum
A new understanding of brain chemistry could usher in an age of biologically enhanced humans
Earth's biggest astronomy machine, inaugurated last week, will see farther into the past than ever before.
New criteria for choosing NSF grants is the latest salvo from our anti-science government.
Alongside the wild natural beauty, some evidence of humans.
The claim needs to be verified by chemical authorities, but the team says it's the strongest evidence yet for the highly unstable element.
The women have Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, which gives them underdeveloped vaginas and uteruses.
That we know of, anyway
Bill Faloon has pursued immortality for decades. Now he's got lots of company. What does science have to say?
We investigate the fear of creepy clustered holes
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.
A third trip so close to the sun
We're constructing ever-more-complicated creatures in labs.
A cracked cell phone screen could become a thing of the past
UK agency has given approval to use CRISPR to modify embryos, a world-first
Scientists weigh in on the President-elect's picks and what people should expect from the dream green team
A mounting body of evidence suggests that Alzheimer's is a metabolic disease, prompting some doctors to refer to it as "type 3 diabetes."
A new crowd-sourced effort found 35,000 promising molecules that could make light, flexible solar power materials.
Real cheating, no jokes
In the future, man-made cells could supplement or even replace donated blood.
To handle potential discomforting thoughts, people rationalize their thoughts and actions.