* 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?
Ten amazing projects built by teens.
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.
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
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.
Massive space rocks hurtle past Earth with frightening regularity. Some scientists want to deflect them. Others want to drag one closer.
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
Shock Trauma photo gallery, by Popular Science staff photographer John B. Carnett
Last October, Iceland's economy tanked. Its bailout? A two-mile geothermal well drilled into a volcano that could generate an endless supply of clean energy. Or, as Icelanders will calmly explain, it could all blow up in their faces
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
So everyone chill out. It does raise interesting questions for alien life-hunters, however
The curious history of mankind's most vital resource. No, not oil.
A muscle-numbing magic wand protects cops and citizens, Jedi-style
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
It's not the best time to be a pangolin.
For some, the eclipse looked a lot like Pac-Man
What takes place inside a fuel cell is electrolysis in reverse