From auction houses to eBay, this is how people buy up Nobel Prizes and space rocks.
Check your wildflower forecasts carefully
Around the world, scientists are risking their lives to retrieve seeds destined for a massive vault near the North Pole. Their work just might save mankind
The corpse of Hugo Chavez is on display for a week.
The Black Plague, Third Pandemic and Spanish Flu wiped out hundreds of millions; they have nothing on today's worst diseases
Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever
How scientists taxidermied the last Pinta Island tortoise
This week's Newsweek proclaims that "Heaven Is Real"--a neurologist concludes it after a near-death experience. But how much do we know about those experiences?
2312 is available on Amazon.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
If 5,000 birds die in a forest and no one is around to find them, does it still become a media sensation?
Space-age technology helps combat an old disease
Bill Faloon has pursued immortality for decades. Now he's got lots of company. What does science have to say?
A new ice age, exploding stars, the hypothetical Doomsday Machine, and more scenarios that are almost certain to eradicate life on Earth
A lawsuit over the death of a 14-year-old girl raises new questions about how much caffeine is too much--and what other nefarious factors might come into play.
The first color photo of Pluto, a warm-blooded fish, and much more
Junk food has a new meaning
Research on pig carcasses and a new body farm in Florida might offer some clues
Researchers have found a cell marker that may lead to terminal exhaustion
An unexpected payoff.
The ability to reprogram the immune system is one of the most sought-after goals in medicine. Now researchers are closer than ever to pulling it off in patients with Type 1 diabetes, one of whom happens to be our correspondent
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.
Babies' genomes hold clues that can save their lives, but that same information could be used in far less noble ways. Where should we draw the line?
Could the greatest beverage ever invented be at risk?
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
Raj and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania invented a technique for tracking how a cell's genes are expressed.
Researchers have discovered the benefits of THC in the brain
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
The tale of the "plant hunters," farming whales, vegetable matter that rains from the sky and more
A strange case-study from the Czech Republic
Tis the season, after all.
A belly isn't a big deal when you're eating 5,000 calories a day and lifting more than 1,000 pounds.
Three tips to avoid sneaky tricks.
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
Sometimes our biggest fear is not knowing what to fear most. Fortunately, the weird science of risk analysis can teach us to judge better and fear smarter
Last May, a massive tornado leveled Joplin, Missouri. Was it chance, or a warning of things to come?
A 21st century electric-car revival is under way. But the first challenge—building a cheap, safe, powerful battery—is the hardest
To be safe, maybe limit your all-Snickers diet to just this week.
The best long-form stuff we read this year
Yo-ho-ho and a melting glacier
Internal and external pressure drive a rush toward prestige.
Foiling genetics with new surgical technology.
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
Science needs the fearless
Wherein we divulge why "the guy" and his ball are as one (at least in terms of momentum)
How a virus seems to help fight off HIV and Ebola
An illuminating study on a very strange demise
Three PopSci editors share the freakiest facts they could find.
Controversial theorist Aubrey de Grey insists that we are within reach of an engineered cure for aging. Are you prepared to live forever?
A three-year study will explore the nature of death and consciousness
Bill Andrews has spent two decades unlocking the molecular mechanisms of aging. His mission: to extend the human life span to 150 years--or die trying
Is pure MDMA "absolutely" safe, as a Canadian health official claimed last year?
Avalanches, exposure, heart attacks, and the other tragic ways Everest has claimed climbers' lives.
Parasite is available for pre-order on Amazon.
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
The only thing we can predict is where a "big one" could do the most damage
Scanning your brain while you watch horror movies might hold the key to making them even more frightening. The findings could reshape the way scary movies—perhaps all movies—are filmed
Why is it so hard to pinpoint ancient diseases?
It's probably not skeleton.
Protecting artifacts from entropy is no easy task.
The most promising new treatment for severe depression isn't a pill. It's a permanent implant that shocks the brain. Is this what joy looks like?
The FDA finds dangerous levels of medications in weight-loss supplements
As the CDC announces the first U.S. death from the swine flu, media outlets wrestle with how to cover the outbreak
What would the United States look like without bats? As winter approaches, biologists seek new methods and technologies to help control a potentially devastating ecological disaster
How do we defeat the world's deadliest creature?
A botched lobotomy left 27-year-old Henry Molaison unable to form new memories. This is how Molaison's personal tragedy became science's gain.
Drip, drip, drip
From the Popular Science archives, the hurricane house, the seismograph camera, the forest-fire-fighting dirigible, and more.
Wolves have been devastated by inbreeding.
Fabien Cousteau and his team are setting out to break the record for living in an underwater habitat.
Scientists submerge pig cadavers to find out
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
How California is predicting and preparing for the inevitable.
Behind the scenes at the DARPA Grand Challenge, the 142-mile robot race that died at mile 7
Our resident film physicist tackles the final frontier and finds some key pointers for our own space travels
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
How to heal an infection that defies antibiotics? Another infection. Doctors in Eastern Europe have used lab-grown viruses to safely cure millions of wounds. So why can't we do the same here?
Or, why everyone is stocking up on iodine tablets
Cosmic explosion was not a typical gamma-ray burst
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
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
A cheat sheet for the strange case of Michael Boatwright, the 61-year-old who reportedly forgot his native language.
It would burn a hole through you—and then some.
A recent study shows that a huge percentage of Peru's emergency contraceptives are not what they appear.
Bill Nye The Science Guy speculates on the future of mankind