Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
Reporting from the Gulf, an offshore oil rig worker finds mundanity, a complacent obsession with safety, and the doom beneath it all
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
So an industrial accident has blanketed your countryside in millions of cubic feet of caustic sludge. Now what?
Ten amazing projects built by teens.
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
The curious history of mankind's most vital resource. No, not oil.
We spent twenty-four hours on a Greenpeace boat in the Gulf of Mexico looking for oil and dispersant among marine life. On the six-month anniversary of the leak, we report back
Advanced ocean science tech helps researchers study the spill
The massive plume scientists announced last week might already be gone
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
Research suggests the use of chemical dispersants hinders oceanic microbes responsible for natural cleanup
Scientists have yet to agree on the scope of the disaster
Fish that were exposed to oil when they were young will be unlikely to survive to reproduce.
Shock Trauma photo gallery, by Popular Science staff photographer John B. Carnett
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
Just discovered: Glowing fungus, ship-eating bacteria, toughest-silk spider and terrible toothed leech
A new study discovered illness and birth defects among Gulf Coast fish nearly 16 months after the BP explosion.
To help understand, consider your kitchen sink
Harness marine life to save marine life
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.
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
An unmanned Global Hawk recon drone will join a team of aircraft--all equipped with advanced weather instrumentation--to observe the 2010 storm season closer than ever before
For some, the eclipse looked a lot like Pac-Man
Facts aren't political
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
Democrats abandon hope of passing bipartisan bill this summer
Just implement a nice kill-switch, then everything'll be fine
Mirano makes science high fashion. His clothing has featured beetle wings, galactic sparkles, and actual meteorites.
Science of the Union.
Doctors report surprising substance found during operation
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
* 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?
It's time to talk about informed consent.
A muscle-numbing magic wand protects cops and citizens, Jedi-style
The first reactor-on-a-barge will bring power to Russiaâ€™s electricity-starved Arctic
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
"Cabled observatories" will give scientists a better picture of the unknown
And is it dangerous?
It's not the best time to be a pangolin.
An estimated 50,000 gallons of crude oil are "missing."
The limits of travel are defined not by what vehicles can do, but by what vehicles can do to us. So how much can we take?
Researchers also finally figured out why Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings have so many of these pimples.
9/11 fanned fears of more terror attacks by air. But our 95,000 miles of coast may be much more permeable. Here's the new defense strategy.
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
What could possibly go wrong?
Plus, the back of my eye
Excerpt: The Great Halifax Explosion
Our editors are back with more bizarre facts for season two.
Hundreds of species of plants and animals have been waiting literally decades to even be considered for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Thankfully, that's about to change.
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.
The key is a crispy exterior and a soft interior.
Since 2000, the government has tried to help democracy go digital. But is it working?
Longest-lasting lightning bolt also measured
Thinking about a science degree? Consider a lab where research meets white-knuckled adventure
Sarah Brown-Schmidt and Sid Horton published results damaging their earlier work. And their peers are praising them for it.
The 17 best micro-videos of the year show us the world invisible to the naked eye
While their peers worry about zits, these rising young stars are designing lunar bioreactors and new cancer drugs. What did you accomplish before turning 18? Meet our eight future Edisons here
Willem van Cotthem's super-soil harnesses the power of Pampers to turn dirt into lush gardens
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
It's damage-resistant, cheap, and so much fun to watch
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
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we take a look back at where it all began