Bold innovation or terrible idea? Your guide to the experiments that only sound scary—and the lab work you truly should lose sleep over
Shock Trauma photo gallery, by Popular Science staff photographer John B. Carnett
The curious history of mankind's most vital resource. No, not oil.
A muscle-numbing magic wand protects cops and citizens, Jedi-style
For some, the eclipse looked a lot like Pac-Man
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
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
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.
Our editors are back with more bizarre facts for season two.
Since 2000, the government has tried to help democracy go digital. But is it working?
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 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
It's not the best time to be a pangolin.
Longest-lasting lightning bolt also measured
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
It's time to talk about informed consent.
Aliens, man. If we would only listen to them, the world would be a better place.
Our editors scrounged up some truly frightful facts.
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
A view into some of the rarer types of lightning
Plus, the back of my eye
Chemical gardens show how life may have gotten its first spark
An illuminating study on a very strange demise
Why we sometimes become paralyzed with fear.
A rash of climate-related deaths adds fuel to the debate about global climate change.
Industrial fishing practices are killing the oceans, endangering a key food source.
Implantable electroshock therapy eases depression.
Tips to get your own invention ideas off the ground from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Segway's Dean Kamen, futurist Ray Kurzweil and more
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
Winners of the Nikon's annual Small World competition represent the best in through-the-microscope photography
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
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
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
Parents were told the rice contained beta carotene, but weren't informed that it was thanks to genetic engineering.
These findings have changed the way we see our solar system.
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.
Here's how to fix it
Forensic anthropologists get some digital help for their work.
An invisible world of microbes
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.
A unique genetic mutation and a well-wired brain mean that Concetta Antico is like no other artist on Earth.
Sarah Brown-Schmidt and Sid Horton published results damaging their earlier work. And their peers are praising them for it.
Paenibacillus vortex has an ingenious technique to evade antibiotics during its journeys
The first color photo of Pluto, a warm-blooded fish, and much more
As part of a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History
The tastiest images from around the web
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!
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
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.
Recent tremors in California have brought up some common misconceptions.
The Doctor unveils the workings behind shock treatment
Researchers Use Explosives To Break Up Biofilms And Reduce Antibiotic Resistance
A shock absorber that generates energy and increases fuel efficiency
A little wearable parent to keep you upright
* 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?
Footbeds that use high-tech materials to provide relief from foot fatigue, pronation, and heat.
If fear really is all in our heads, Joseph LeDoux thinks he can eliminate it. The first step is to block out our memories
Crashing celestial bodies, without the collateral damage
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 solar disaster isn't a question of if, but when--and it looks like soon
…and for dinner
Suchi Saria is one of the 10 most brilliant people of 2016
Scientists cast doubt over the Pentagon's plan to build a new nuclear bunker buster
Fun for students, but tough luck for the crash-test dummy
A set of newly released papers reconstruct the fireball's impact.
Forget lab coats and beakers: in this gallery of breathtaking images, we celebrate the visually pleasing side of scientific enquiry
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.
Russia tests the "father of all bombs" but technical hurdles could defuse its lethal power
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.
With a decade of war winding down, post-traumatic stress disorder is an increasingly urgent problem. Will the Army's efforts work?
Yes, orgasms can happen to rape victims.