Winners of the Nikon's annual Small World competition represent the best in through-the-microscope photography
Who knew sound waves could be so combustible?
In this piece from 1921, PopSci subjects the Sultan of Swat to a battery of scientific tests hoping to discover the secret behind his superhuman swing
She manipulates simple laws of physics to create “bullets” made of sound waves
Acoustic levitating machines grow legs
New research confirms a theory: high-frequency acoustic waves can be converted to light
Acoustic metamaterial bends sound waves to hide ships from sonar, effectively rendering them sonically invisible
A scientist tells how LIGO changed his life
A conversation with theoretical physicist Brian Greene
And, think hard before you abandon that shopping cart
But we'll never get them out of the ground.
The spouting horn is a remnant of activity that has occurred intermittently between 500,000 and 3.6 million years ago.
Learn how to destroy expensive glassware with the power of sound
It's just simple plastic rings!
Ready to scan the cosmos for gravity waves.
We unearth the latest research that definitely, positively proves what you knew alreadyâ€”and tell you why it matters
Synthetic marijuana has been shown to get people good and high. But this is not your parents' weed.
Workaholics of the world, rejoice? We'll all be just as unhappy with a shorter work week.
Excerpt: The Great Halifax Explosion
We asked some scientists to weigh in on this viral ear-worm.
It takes real proof to back up even the simplest theories--these 10 studies show that the obvious can have not-so-obvious implications
Scientists are building ultra-cold systems that mimic the most extreme edges of the universe. Can these analogues help solve the big bang's mysteries?
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.
The lab-built material focuses radio waves better than anything that occurs in nature.
Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.
Green cars galore! The U.K.'s largest auto show debuts a slew of sexy new fuel-sippers
Electromagnetic fields can cloak objects from passing waves
A new device that amplifies waves and captures their energy could soon power parts of Rhode Island
A new machine lets scientists create monster waves--and ways to survive them
A new "memory stamp" turns physical objects like postcards and photos into hyperlinks
Reinventing the keyboard to give musicians unparalleled control
Generating heat energy like the Sun: Can it be this easy?
Looking to boost your science smarts? First test your IQ organ, then follow our 6-point brain regimen. Soon you'll be crunching bogus claims and citing stats with the best.
Researchers see a way to eavesdrop on our brains
Researchers have captured sound from an artificial atom
Seeing is believing
A loud and edgy solution to all our levitation needs
Supplying energy to homes using only the motion of the ocean
Your cell phone could save you from a pirate attack. Who knew?
* 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?
Therapeutic ultrasound can now blast and cut with targeted precision.
"Disrupting" norms is profitable when you're a 35-year-old tech maven. When you're 16, it just makes you a delinquent.
And why do they always do it so uniformly?
Despite numerous challenges to the theory, it remains foundational
Para hockey has its own unique biomechanics.
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Once upon a time, the mantra for scientific success was "Think big." Nowadays, it's all about the ongoing mission to make things really, really small. Here, a look at the latest in Lilliputian developments
Rats whose DNA changes with grooming, fetuses less damaged by cocaine than tobacco, and more in this week's round up
After 30 years of trying, scientists create first-ever acoustic black hole
Tim Bendel's off-the-shelf powerplant for the burgeoning private space industry. Watch him discuss it
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
Researchers in Hong Kong achieve near-perfect silence
A rare nod to technology over fundamental physics.
An eco-hip acoustic fridge debuts. But is anyone listening?
A device that restores hearing by transmitting sound through the teeth and bones
Some major wave energy installations are planned for the U.K. and the U.S.
The device can move around centimeter-sized objects.
Making waves in the physics community.
It could expand our options for wave-energy harvesters.
Catching the biggest waves takes some work
Researchers manipulate a certain brain wave to slow down voluntary movement in humans
A new robotic head can pinpoint the location of enemy shooters and call in the cavalry
Alan Burns made a fortune in the oil business. But as oil wanes, he's convinced that clean energy will be—must be—the next big thing. And so this inventor has poured his fortune into a challenge far greater than finding new oil deposits: extracting energy from the ocean
To create brand-new drugs, pharmaceutical researchers have turned to levitating them with blasts of ultrasonic sound.
The music let you notice the emergent pattern in cicada-singing right away.
Let's nerd out about the physics of hitting a baseball as hard as you possibly can.
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
A California research team reveals how Mavericks, one of big-wave surfing's most famous breaks, is formed
Russia tests the "father of all bombs" but technical hurdles could defuse its lethal power
Space-launched darts that strike like meteors
Hearing sounds smaller than any we've ever heard before
Each little guy is just trying to maintain an optimal distance from his neighbors.
Bad boys bad boys, whatcha gonna do?
From the April 1981 issue of Popular Science: "When scientists finally detect a form of energy they have never seen, they will open a new era in astronomy."
The challenges of using a headband that reads your brain waves
Meet the world's first exoplanet meteorologist.
Now if only they could catch it in a bottle
Researchers Use Explosives To Break Up Biofilms And Reduce Antibiotic Resistance
Our favorite six-second science bites from the discontinued video service
Next time you're watching a sunset on the beach, think about the amazing physics that's bringing you the view.
"Headphones" for whales
From time travel to rogue waves, the best (and worst) of this summer´s movies. Now with PopSci´s EGQ: Expected Gibberish Quotient. Launch the slideshow here.
But don't worry, the rat race becomes second nature within 7 years or so, researchers say