Science tackles the hard questions at last.
Excerpt: The Great Halifax Explosion
A new test for HPV has been cleared as way to screen for cervical cancer, but doctors are concerned that it doesn't do enough to protect younger women.
Welcome the Criegee biradical
With introspective retrospection, we consider the effects of our trip on transportation in this country
Our tiny EV may not be the strongest car on the road, but it may well be one of the most consistent
Always remember to check tire pressure. ALWAYS
As I was soaked with rain, I started to rethink my design
We explore the more practical next-gen vehicles that you might actually see on the road in the future
Green technology is on the rise, but the U.S. still consumes an enormous amount of fossil fuels
Conceptual shelters that will protect us all from the perils of our rapidly changing environment: rising waters, extreme heat, rampant pollution and overpopulation
Nuclear energy is looking like it will be a big part of a fossil-fuel-free future in the U.S. But the big question remains as big as ever: What's to be done with the waste it generates?
Reporting from the Gulf, an offshore oil rig worker finds mundanity, a complacent obsession with safety, and the doom beneath it all
Inducing therapeutic hypothermia can prevent damage from oxygen deprivation in trauma patients
A Silicon Valley school backed by NASA and Google unveils grand plans to help humanity
Engineers harness sound to simplify microfluidic devices (watch the music video!)
Last October, Iceland's economy tanked. Its bailout? A two-mile geothermal well drilled into a volcano that could generate an endless supply of clean energy. Or, as Icelanders will calmly explain, it could all blow up in their faces
But will the juice required to power down and reboot offset the energy savings?
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Turbines to take root in the sea
Subtle movements create current
Which industries do the most damage to the environment?
To rescue the Earth, we need bold engineering ideas that go beyond simple recycling
Unmanned aerial vehicles and images from space: Is this the future of firefighting?
Cellphones, microchips, cars, even iPhones—there's virtually no high-tech Western product that China's cloners can't copy. Pretty soon, you might even prefer their work
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
For a 24-hour view of one of the most vibrant coral reefs on Earth, book a room at the world's first underwater hotel
Cancer-killing nanoparticles, fat-fighting nucleic acids and more breakthroughs set to transform health care
Green cars galore! The U.K.'s largest auto show debuts a slew of sexy new fuel-sippers
The latest generation of sport-specific prosthetics allow elite amputee athletes to run faster and climb higher than ever before
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
A bold mandate from the European Union aims to make new electronics less toxic for everyone
While the medical marijuana debate rages on, drug companies race to leverage the power of pot
NEST volunteers know better than any law-enforcement agents how to identify and disable a nuclear device.
Amazing inventions of 2004
Overwhelming atmospheric evidence supports the reality of global warming--and humans' role in causing it
Got a bum disc? Now you can buy a better one
The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution
His icy analyses offer disquieting news about our climate's future.
In the escalating arms race between battery power and consumption, The Cells are losing to The Gadgetsâ€”Big time. Question is, can the chemists catch up to the engineers?
Motorcycles thrilled civilians first. The military then tapped the nimble bikes for use in combat and reconnaissance.
In the age of ballot-box stuffing, the mechanical voting machine promised indisputably accurate election tallies. Sound familiar?
A new report on marine health could make you queasy.
The military's integrated system finally catches up to--and in some cases surpasses--civilian all-weather apparel and equipment.
Way bigger budget, way bigger needs--controlling weapons and sensors while flying a fighter plane in combat--result in way better head-up display.
It's called body packing, it's dangerous and gross, and new technology makes gut-based drug smuggling harder to spot.
A rocket torpedo that swims in an air bubble
A new rapid-fire gun could save lives rather than take them.
No creatures make more sacrifices for science--albeit involuntarily--than the mice and rats of lab research. Some 30 million are used each year in the U.S. alone.
What takes place inside a fuel cell is electrolysis in reverse
Here's hoping this month's release of the Hollywood sea-fighting epic Master and Commander will do justice to those magnificent men and their sailing machines. On these pages, the mightiest ships of then and now.
Lawmakers look to new nuke plants to fuel the coming hydrogen economy.
It's the oddest trade show on Earth: a staged prison uprising designed to spotlight high-tech antiriot gadgetry.
Sports tech: Lance Armstrong's latest gear assault on the Tour de France.
A peek at our nonlethal arsenal
The FDA sidesteps human safety trials to clear a risky anti-nerve-gas pill.
Astronomy: Timothy Ferris eyes the amateur asteroid-watchers.
If you cheat on your spouse, you can't yet plead biochemistry in divorce court. But rodent-brain research sheds light on why some lovers stay, some stray.
What a national ID card might look like.
With the right equipment, cows can be trained to milk themselves.
What's it take to pilot a floating city? Our man reports from the (simulated) bridge.
There's equipment to reduce landmine risk, but the technology is imperfect.
ChampionLyte: Sounds good, but think twice.
Forest fires like this one destroy 4 million acres each year. We train with the elite force in charge of putting them out.
If one of your hominoid ancestors hadn't gotten a viral infection millions of years ago, you might look really, really different today.
According to the laws of physics, the world should not exist. To explain why we're here, scientists are recreating the universe's fiery beginnings by pitting matter against antimatter and watching them annihilate.
A building contractor's fascination with ancient shells is unique and contagious.
Sports: Headfirst at 80 miles per hour on a steel platter. And you thought bobsled and luge were scary.
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.
Animal behavior: You can learn a lot from a featherhead.
Stephen Hawking's new book strives to explain how everything works.