A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
PopSci discovers the elements, one by one
Last December, Felisa Wolfe-Simon announced the discovery of a microbe that could change the way we understand life in the universe. Soon she found herself plunged into a maelstrom of bitter backlash and intemperate criticism. A dispatch from the frontiers of the new peer review
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Western architects have grand plans for helping China solve its expanding environmental crisis. But the world's dirtiest country already has the power to clean up all on its own
Cool tricks with relative density
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
Researchers are teasing out the ways we perceive flavor, from our tongue to our nose to the genes that dictate how we taste food. In the process, they're uncovering exactly which flavors will transform a dish into an offer you can't refuse
A microbiologist explores the distinctive odors of a day at the beach.
Möbius strips still fascinate mathematicians.
So everyone chill out. It does raise interesting questions for alien life-hunters, however
Researchers have found naturally occurring plant chemical may help to keep the Earth's temperatures balanced
The world's first human-robot arm-wrestling match shows off the potential of a new material that someday could power machines--and even human limbs and organs
The moon's thick ocean may derive energy from chemicals donated by nearby Io.
Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.
A radical new power plant aims to convert our dirtiest fossil fuel into clean-burning hydrogen
It's not just useless crap.
Animals (including humans) are constantly adapting to their environments. Here are ten reminders that this incredible process is constant—not limited to the distant past
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
Light 'em up.