Scientists are finally unspooling how spider silk works.
This new way of looking at cells is revolutionizing biochemistry.
The frog that laid the golden egg.
Batteries not required.
Regular traps can't hold them
Our 10 favorite images of the week
Researchers Propose A Bacterial Toxin May Be Partly Responsible for A Variety of Diseases
A new technique to turn bodies transparent could help scientists map entire nerve cell pathways
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
Could help us build better nanobots
And it works kind of like CRISPR
The five-year race to preserve every neuron in the brain has come to a successful close
Scanning electron love
A huge undertaking that could help researchers visualize neurological diseases
A little science, a little magic
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
Life on Earth -- in unexpected places.
One day, bacteria like this could go into biological-silicon circuits.
Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever
A team of U.S. researchers found the microscopic worms in 28 percent of eels sold live in U.S. markets.
The virus collects in deep pockets in the intestine, and spreads from cell to cell in part by touch.
A new nanoparticle material conducts electricity even when stretched to twice its original length.
How can an oyster rotate pearls so perfectly when it's basically just a giant booger?
Time to rewrite the textbooks!
Visualizing chemistry is awesome!
Harvard researchers grew these lovely microscopic gardens using delicate chemical reactions.
"A Boy and His Atom" is the must-see film of the year.
From the Popular Science archive, the story of how Watson, Crick, Wilkins, and Franklin worked out the structure of life.
Next-generation cancer therapies are notoriously expensive. But maybe not for long.
The best of the 2012 Wellcome Image Awards take viewers under the microscope, under the human cranium, and inside an avian embryo.
Bombarded with electrons and sealed in a vacuum, the noble tick survived the ordeal
Electrons were fooled into behaving as though they were in a magnetic field, with no magnets around
Nanosculpting a thousand times faster than ever before
Hacking the electron microscope
What's the point of being shiny if nobody can see you?
Reconstructing sea level history for the first time
New technology breaks the theoretical limit on how small we can see
This year, shop SciMall for glowing rodents, animal guillotines, and more
Findings could lead to better batteries
He discovered the secret to ultrafast computing in the shell of a beetle
The Secretary of Energy is still publishing
Thinking of keeping a giant roach as a pet? Make sure it's infested with beneficial parasites first
Two Philadelphia doctors are championing an unconventional new treatment for keeping cardiac-arrest victims alive, with as little brain damage as possible: just give them hypothermia
Cloning the green goo's factories for producing light-sensitive proteins could lead to more effective treatments for certain types of blindness
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
Chemists build the worldâ€™s smallest auto dealership, molecule by molecule. No toy models, these cars actually drive
Chemist turned stylist etches 3-D text onto human hair.
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.
Geographic profiling pioneer Kim Rossmo has been likened to Sherlock Holmes; his Watson in the hunt for serial killers is a digital sidekick -- an algorithm he calls Rigel.
New databases and digital techniques are broadening the kinds of evidence available to the crime scene investigator.
Lives often hang on Palenik's precise identification of a fiber or fleck of metal. In his workday, there's no room for error.
In his lab far from the scene of a crime, Skip Palenik forges unbreakable chains of evidence from dust & detritus. Let's watch the master at work.
Our eyes only see objects by processing light waves reflected off the object or absorbed by it.
A gene chip spots nasty strains of bird flu in hours instead of days
This week, the origin and continued preservation of five of our favorite standard units of measure
A new microscope enables scientists to see the intricate 3-D structure of everything from cartilage to Velcro.
The director of the Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory at MIT answers our biggest questions
Her lasers could serve as early-warning systems for terrorism.
DNA from fish parts could lead to better TVs and cellphone displays
His device lets him look inside the brain to see where memories reside.
Shows like Dexterâ€™s Laboratory and Jimmy Neutron are turning the electronic babysitter into a science cheerleader
Energetic, original thinker needed immediately for long-term project. Unique opportunity. Salary: modest, with chance of $1-million Nobel Prize supplement
A decades-old hypothesis gets closer to solidity.
The killing of a young child led investigators to this problem: Can the single-celled life in water tell where the water is from?
He creates low-cost alternatives to high-tech research equipment.
Researchers have discovered a marine microbe may help inhibit pathogen biofilm formation
Researchers are gaining insight from post-mortem microbial interactions
Scientists develop a database that could pinpoint forgeries once and for all
Could be a boon to skin-scanning for cancer
The genetically engineered _Drosophila melanogaster _can even signal for different types of breast cancer cells.
A new kind of oscillation could be the key to life, the universe, and everything