A new picture of Rosetta's comet is an added bonus
The bacterium found last week was an undiscovered lifeform. No, it was a contaminant. No! Yes!
Turkey's salt lakes leave trails of white in Asia Minor.
Three retirees have identified a rare trading vessel
Where no human has gone before
Intrepid robot explorer
Home of the Antikythera Mechanism
Updated carbon dating techniques helped, too.
Bottles found under the sea sampled
In one of the most isolated places on Earth, sealed off for 15 million years, life teems. Some of it may be animal life.
Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.
Life on Earth -- in unexpected places.
You don't want to get caught in this splash zone
The lake has been isolated and buried for 14 million years
Russian team investigating the Antarctic lake isolated for 14 million years may have polluted it as they left
Yesterday's magnitude 8 earthquake sent seismic energy rippling round the world.
The ancient Maya faced severe drought, according to a mineral deposit.
That heretofore unknown variety of life found deep below the frozen surface of Lake Vostok in Antarctica? Yeah...about that...
It literally broke the scale.
Pretty and poisonous
Research missions armed with hyperspectral scanners can tell when a bloom could turn deadly.
Here's how that steam-powered boom could happen.
Ecosystems in 66-foot-tall test tubes
They're infectious, but not dangerous
Sunken bubbly inspires new experiments in underwater aging
A captain and a sailor died after the Bounty, a wooden ship built for a Marlon Brando film in the 1960s, sank off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy. Journalist and Popular Science contributor Matthew Shaer reconstructs the ship's final voyage.
At a rate unseen in 200 years
NOAA releases sonar images of the sunken SS City of Rio de Janeiro
Plus a brand new otter baby
These elite nuclear divers are risking their lives to help save a troubled industry.
A method to survey the "DNA soup" of water. Don't think about this next time you swim.
Dangerous fumes from an African lake could be the fuel of tomorrow
Robert Ballard's latest initiative puts a remote-control ROV at your fingertips -- and America's little-seen underwater national parks in full view.
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Heavy rains are flooding cities and towns from Nebraska to Michigan to Maine. Is the problem failing infrastructure, global warming...or both?
As students everywhere return to school, the luckiest are heading for caves and rocket firing ranges instead of lecture halls
Arun Majumdar has to decide which researchers will get millions of dollars, and he has to do it fast. He must spark an energy revolution within 20 years, or it's lights out for us all.
A new study found cognitively impaired former football players aren't much different from non-players with cognitive impairments.
One-celled organisms could make our road network more efficient
These 208 minerals were all caused by human activities
Om nom nom
A laser developed for radiation treatment, is also strong enough to break a record
Capturing the motion of macromolecules will help researchers make better HIV drugs
This eye-popping interactive map lets you explore the world's collection of digital knowledge one place at a time.
Therapeutic ultrasound can now blast and cut with targeted precision.
How a furry-convention-attending, Midwestern-accented fox owner teamed up with a bizarre Floridian exotic animal importer and a Soviet geneticist to bring pet foxes to your living room.
A sweet solution to help understand how cells repair and change
From the world's oldest mouse
The Office of Research Integrity -- a.k.a., the Fraud Squad -- is on the case.
Three technologies that fix themselves
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
Look at his little fins!
For real this time!
Because no one goes to college to learn.
Mastodon burgers anyone?
Virtual renderings, made from drone maps, could help with real science
Have a bad attitude? You might just need better instructions
Family dynamics often fraught with tension, study shows
New radiocarbon measurements from the silty bottom of a Japanese lake could help scientists pinpoint when Neanderthals died out.
The material could create an infinite range of different colors and shapes.
The recent State of Emergency declared in Florida is just the latest in a long history of troubles
How lizards protect themselves from unwanted male advances
A 21st century electric-car revival is under way. But the first challenge—building a cheap, safe, powerful battery—is the hardest
Its creations earn patents, outperform humans, and will soon fly to space. All it needs now is a few worthy challenges
So everyone chill out. It does raise interesting questions for alien life-hunters, however
The Lake Ellsworth drilling project was supposed to be a quick, high-tech hunt for microbes under the surface of Antarctica, but tech problems forced researchers to scrap it.
The infant's 3-D printed trachea will fully absorb into his body in two to three years.
"Hot or Not" as research tool.
Transparent, colorful cells could decorate, and power, churches one day.
Even after the species went extinct, people still reported "seeing" them in the wild.
The forensic feces files
High-speed movie cameras can shoot up to 20 million frames in the blink of an eye. The world is a mighty interesting place in ultimate slo-mo.
Why just rebuild the Crescent City when we can reinvent it? Here, the complete plan for riding out a category-5 storm
Another study casts doubt on the famous arsenic-life findings, showing the bacterium actually grabs phosphorus wherever it can be found.
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
Stem cells heal the body by replenishing damaged cells. What happens when they go to work for cancer?
He designs nanomaterials with outrageous abilities
She's invented a way to build exactly the right molecule for the job
Child development: Down's kids learn to just do it.
Three new ways math can help you stay awake, clear clogged drains, and solve ancient mysteries
Engineers harness sound to simplify microfluidic devices (watch the music video!)