What's on the moon? Here are the "midget-sun hypothesis," lunar snow, and more wild speculations we made prior to the Apollo 11 mission in 1969
A "color trend timeline" breaks down 1984, Cat's Cradle, and more.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
A new ice age, exploding stars, the hypothetical Doomsday Machine, and more scenarios that are almost certain to eradicate life on Earth
The results are in from Information is Beautiful's first annual award ceremony
U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield. One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
To maintain accuracy and realism, producers of the film sought out military and government officials to advise them.
We're two minutes to midnight. Again.
Who really stole the secret of the atom bomb? In this PopSci.com exclusive, the producer of the NOVA special tells us what it was like to be involved with this project.
A rocket torpedo that swims in an air bubble
Are you ready for the end of the world? View this survival checklist from 1951 Popular Science.
How Candida albicans tells our immune system to stand down
At McKinley Climate Lab, researchers create fearsome weather to test cars and planes.
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
The five-year race to preserve every neuron in the brain has come to a successful close
Excerpt: Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Beneath Our Feet
Steuart Pittman, head of the U.S. fallout shelter program, died earlier this month at age 93. As a reminder of just how frightening the Cold War was, check out these old family-style bunkers from the pages of Popular Science.
It's a fact of the archaeological record: Modern humans survived and Neanderthals did not. Why? And what does it teach us about our own survival?
Or, how the Grouse learned to quit blocking ads and embrace the new world order
Congress will scramble to address the isotope paucity this week
Edward Teller's life and work changed life itself.
Tyson's book "Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier" is out today
To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood
Whatâ€™s the most accurate way to forecast the future? Simple: make predictions profitableâ€”just like on the PopSci Predictions Exchange
Fractional freezing will concentrate any beer, provided you have a bit of patience and a very cold freezer.
The big and bad crises that could wipe out humanity
To commemorate World Food Day, we look back on science's role in alleviating the hunger crisis. Whale breeding, desert sugar factories, and oyster soup capsules, yum
On the Labrador Sea, the scientific crew of the research vessel Knorr hunts for underwater storms, sinks a two-mile mooring--and gathers clues to the planet's fate
Record-setting space walks, the dawn of the International Space Station, and other highlights from the retiring shuttle's 25-mission career
The Osama tapes highlight a technical challenge: verifying the voice of the enemy.
Stem cells, Parkinson's pills, and viruses that improve your DNA: The next generation of performance enhancers won't show up on a urine test
To Baldomero Olivera, venom is nature's drug industry.
In this intimate interview, hear insights about Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance voyage as only a devoted granddaughter can have them.
For the first time since the 1970s, researchers are being allowed to study the potential medical properties of the most tightly controlled substances around. But it's not easy.
Topics included the opioid crisis, nuclear weapons, and "beautiful clean coal."
When men were men and sodas were cocaine-laced nerve tonics.
How a mild-mannered children's celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.
Capturing the motion of macromolecules will help researchers make better HIV drugs
A different kind of carbon-14 dating
America is haunted by 100,000 missing persons and 40,000 unidentified sets of remains. Only one lab can truly connect the lost and the dead—and it's revealing the secrets of serial killers in the process
Air: It's one of the world's most important, least understood, and possibly life-saving substances
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
Could sudden climate change wreak independence day-level havoc? The director of The Day After Tomorrow let us run his new disaster flick by the experts. Uh-oh.
Could sudden climate change wreak Independence Day-level havoc? The director of The Day After Tomorrow (out May 28) let us run his new disaster flick by the experts. Uh-oh.
Abominable snowmen, sea serpents and dragons, oh my!
Our dangerously depleted supply of spacecraft fuel just got a little bump from the Department of Energy.
The novelist Nicholson Baker makes a case against algebra
The story of how one of the most polluted waterways in America came to be located in one of the country's most expensive neighborhoods. Also: dysentery, cancer, and arsenic poisoning.
Everyone got mad at the Germans.
Keira Havens went from boom to bloom
From vanilla to GMOs, how science shaped the taste of the modern world
If a time traveler assassinated Albert Einstein before he figured out that E=mc², would we still have atomic weapons?
From the seven people who are running PopSci today.
What seven years of research taught me about crosswalks, elevators, and "like" buttons.
Invisibility is a staple of science fiction, from H.G. Wells to Romulans. Now scientists see a way to make objects disappear
Cheery happy times
R.I.P. Futurama, we'll miss ya
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
A case of ancient hominid hanky-panky
They're all in a day's work for Paul Sipiera.
The battle over genetically modified food is over: Supercrops won. Now crops designed to yield drugs and vaccines have come close to slipping into our food supply. No one knows if they're safe, and everyone involved seems to have something to hide.
It's the ultimate nightmare: a nuclear attack in the U.S. masterminded by terrorists. Here's how that could happen-- and how we can prevent it
A researcher is building a tool that will help police locate a body earlier -- and possibly tell when the victim died.
High-speed movie cameras can shoot up to 20 million frames in the blink of an eye. The world is a mighty interesting place in ultimate slo-mo.
Cancer researchers stumble on a ricin treatment.
Two angles on the world's most dangerous high-altitude, high-tech daredevil stunt.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
A former spy's excruciating death by radiation poisoning marks the beginning of an era of high-tech hit men who can kill from anywhere
On today's hottest shows, the stars wear lab coats instead of bathing suits. We look behind the scenes at Numb3rs to see how it gets the science right-and why it sometimes needs to get it wrong
The man behind the world's most powerful camera confronts killer viruses, nude sunbathers and the San Diego Padres
The web is crawling with jokes, hoaxes and more insidious fakes. Digital-image experts aim to develop foolproof detection tools, but until then, seeing is not believing
PopSci attempts to determine, once and for all, which is the superior gender
A century of agricultural innovation vastly increased the amount of food--but with it came an increased population, and now hunger is on the rise. Fixing it will require an unlikely alliance
* 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?
Telepathy, ouija boards, hypnosis, mythical monsters, and more subjects that probably shouldn't be classified as legitimate science
By turning its crime problem into a data problem, Santa Cruz is reinventing police work for the 21st century
Are nuclear disasters the new normal?
Tune in for a chance to win "Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide."
Early treatment answers some questions, raises others
How scientists create superheavy atoms.
With the upcoming release of the major motion picture Europa Report, a couple of Jet Propulsion Lab scientists explain how science fiction has evolved in response to our growing understanding of space.
Can a crew of scientists and volunteers armed with homemade trackers save sharks from extinction?
Greening the world's most iconic skyscraper
We could learn a lot about Earth from the moon, and the risks of it being damaged are only increasing.
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Researchers have uncovered a new way Mycobacterium tuberculosis may gain antibiotic resistance
The U.S. National Archives is now on Giphy
It sounds scary, but we're probably fine
Combining new battery and engine technology, a deep-sea espionage submarine makes its Cold War debut
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
By the time you're done, it's like a whole new ice cream.
Footwear has come a long way since 40,000 years ago.