* 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
Shock Trauma photo gallery, by Popular Science staff photographer John B. Carnett
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
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
It's not the best time to be a pangolin.
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
Joseph Longo's Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energyâ€”and promises to make a relic of the landfill
The curious history of mankind's most vital resource. No, not oil.
In the escalating arms race between battery power and consumption, The Cells are losing to The Gadgetsâ€”Big time. Question is, can the chemists catch up to the engineers?
The finalists will go on to Intel's International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno
A shock absorber that generates energy and increases fuel efficiency