Shock Trauma photo gallery, by Popular Science staff photographer John B. Carnett
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
For some, the eclipse looked a lot like Pac-Man
Everything you need to know about the hottest topic in
medicine, from big-league breakthroughs and new therapies to emerging health risks and the patients willing to take them
The curious history of mankind's most vital resource. No, not oil.
Tests in mice show potential for reversing the slowdown in learning that comes with puberty
Ten amazing projects built by teens.
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
It might seem silly to investigate whether people are happier on the weekend, but behind such truisms are revelations about our brains, our behavior and our environment. Here we round up the year's most outwardly obvious scientific studies
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
It takes real proof to back up even the simplest theories--these 10 studies show that the obvious can have not-so-obvious implications
It's time to talk about informed consent.
A muscle-numbing magic wand protects cops and citizens, Jedi-style
It's not the best time to be a pangolin.
Sure the candidates said the right things, but do their records match their rhetoric? As part of a two-week investigative series, Popular Science looks into the voting record of Senators McCain and Obama
Our editors are back with more bizarre facts for season two.
Plus, the back of my eye
Since 2000, the government has tried to help democracy go digital. But is it working?
Longest-lasting lightning bolt also measured
When David Hanson set out to build a robotic head, he saw no reason not to make it look just like a human. Then he stumbled into the Uncanny Valley.
Sarah Brown-Schmidt and Sid Horton published results damaging their earlier work. And their peers are praising them for it.
Here's how to fix it
Aliens, man. If we would only listen to them, the world would be a better place.
An invisible world of microbes
The first color photo of Pluto, a warm-blooded fish, and much more
Our editors scrounged up some truly frightful facts.
Winners of the Nikon's annual Small World competition represent the best in through-the-microscope photography
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
Parents were told the rice contained beta carotene, but weren't informed that it was thanks to genetic engineering.
Industrial fishing practices are killing the oceans, endangering a key food source.
Tips to get your own invention ideas off the ground from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Segway's Dean Kamen, futurist Ray Kurzweil and more
These findings have changed the way we see our solar system.
A unique genetic mutation and a well-wired brain mean that Concetta Antico is like no other artist on Earth.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
A view into some of the rarer types of lightning
Chemical gardens show how life may have gotten its first spark
An illuminating study on a very strange demise
The tastiest images from around the web
A shock absorber that generates energy and increases fuel efficiency
If fear really is all in our heads, Joseph LeDoux thinks he can eliminate it. The first step is to block out our memories
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.
* that's a big, fat "might"
Two desktop-printer engineers quit their jobs to search for the ultimate source of endless energy: nuclear fusion. Could this highly improbable enterprise actually succeed?
FDA wants to make this official and recently asked to know more
Why we sometimes become paralyzed with fear.
Fun for students, but tough luck for the crash-test dummy
A rash of climate-related deaths adds fuel to the debate about global climate change.
Implantable electroshock therapy eases depression.
Players love the tech, but pro and amateur organizations can hardly keep up with the new materials and radical designs that have rewired and sometimes hot-wired sports.
A sensor-packed CPR assistant delivers effective resuscitation every time
A few well-placed magnets eliminates the thwack of an arrow leaving the bow, making archers stealthier and more accurate
It may make more sense to take shorter showers than to switch to florescent bulbs
From wall-scaling belts to stronger, quieter Velcro, meet 10 of our favorite homebuilt inventions and the garage geniuses behind them
So everyone chill out. It does raise interesting questions for alien life-hunters, however
Reporting from the Gulf, an offshore oil rig worker finds mundanity, a complacent obsession with safety, and the doom beneath it all
Astrophysicist Adam Frank's new book mixes cosmology with humanity. How does our understanding of the universe and cosmic time inform our daily lives? Especially if time is an illusion?
Including cellphones charged by fire, an airport under water, and more
Mirano makes science high fashion. His clothing has featured beetle wings, galactic sparkles, and actual meteorites.
Or, how to steal the Mona Lisa in a few easy steps.
Amazon's MatchBook service makes getting a printed book/Kindle copy bundle cheaper. But that takes us backward, environmentally speaking.
Forensic anthropologists get some digital help for their work.
Popular Science spoke with Rick DeLano, whose movie The Principle shows the world's most famous cosmologists promoting the idea that the Earth is the center of the universe.
New methods to track and trace ivory's origins
An artificial intelligence that saved humanity from invaders 28 years ago breaks its silence to meet with human ambassadors. They have no idea what is in store.
Dispatches From The Future contains more than 100 pages of mind-bending science fiction, including a first-ever animated graphic novel adapted from Isaac Asimov's legendary short story, "Nightfall." Download a copy today.
Paenibacillus vortex has an ingenious technique to evade antibiotics during its journeys
As part of a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History
The arrival of an antibiotic resistant gene in the US has moved us closer to the post-antibiotic era
Huzzah for snow in June and ice in Florida!
But the hybrid girl raises more questions than she answers.
Scientists really did believe that electricity might be able to bring the dead back to life.
Science of the Union.
Recent tremors in California have brought up some common misconceptions.
Forget lab coats and beakers: in this gallery of breathtaking images, we celebrate the visually pleasing side of scientific enquiry
Crashing celestial bodies, without the collateral damage
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Advances in medical science may well lead to more-than-human abilities
With a decade of war winding down, post-traumatic stress disorder is an increasingly urgent problem. Will the Army's efforts work?
Turning what into wine?
Sometimes our biggest fear is not knowing what to fear most. Fortunately, the weird science of risk analysis can teach us to judge better and fear smarter
The prize, awarded jointly to three scientists, celebrates the discovery of the immune system's front-line responders--though one winner succumbed to cancer three days before
More Military-Civillian Technology Fisticuffs: Who's Got The Edge?
Two Philadelphia doctors are championing an unconventional new treatment for keeping cardiac-arrest victims alive, with as little brain damage as possible: just give them hypothermia
Microsoft unveils Sun Microsystems' vision for 2004
How a radical new implant that zaps patients back to life is upending our understanding of the brain
Sleep-based therapy could provide more effective treatment for PTSD.
Space rocks are typically tiny and dark. Even if we could spot them, it wouldn't be until they were already upon us, and by then it's too late.
A new study found that lasers can zap away cocaine use behaviors in rats.
Yes, orgasms can happen to rape victims.