To reach the bottom of all five oceans, this Texas businessman commissioned “the most significant vehicle since Apollo 11.”
A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
Tweaking texture could give us healthy versions of our favorite junk foods—and that's just the beginning
It's the first step to bringing the super grain to the masses
PopSci asked the hard questions and got answers. But you're not going to like them.
The science of fixing culinary disasters
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
How a mild-mannered children's celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.
How Clostridium, a nasty pathogen, makes an infectiously delicious confection
The latest assessment from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in full online today, details what we can and cannot predict about global warming.
Why would a petro-state erect a solar-powered eco-metropolis in the middle of the Arabian desert? To change the world.
With the release of the DSM-5 this month, psychotherapist Gary Greenberg questions whether psychiatry's diagnostic Bible can truly get at the nature of mental suffering.
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become 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
Several of Japan's nuclear power plants are experiencing serious damage from the earthquake and ensuing tsunami. Here's what you need to know to understand the news, as it happens
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Jellyfish invasions, Internet auctions, god particles: Read about the year's biggest science stories before they happen. Bonus: How to decipher geeky jargon and when to buy a DeLorean
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.
The spouting horn is a remnant of activity that has occurred intermittently between 500,000 and 3.6 million years ago.
Will Marc Norman's secret ice recipe set speed skating records in Salt Lake City?
Not bad for a microbe
With the occasional assist from beet juice and molasses.
The key is a crispy exterior and a soft interior.
To Baldomero Olivera, venom is nature's drug industry.
Not your rainy afternoon trip to the science museum
The moon's thick ocean may derive energy from chemicals donated by nearby Io.
It's a chain reaction.
Some beached whales can't be rescued. Four scientists have developed a humane way to end their suffering.
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.
Atmospheric warming is causing saltier oceans and nastier storms
How music enters the brain, and what it does when it gets there.
Loss of a specific function means greater virulence in patients
The white stuff can stick around and ruin, well, pretty much everything. That puts the officials trying to fix it on a ticking clock.
For the advanced kitchen chemist, or the merely curious-discover the high-tech appetizers, entres and desserts behind today's culinary revolution
This winter a new technology promises to keep ice off the pavement and rock salt off your car
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
Ancient creatures and an ancient healer
New technology breaks the theoretical limit on how small we can see
The food experimenters who publish Cook's Illustrated have put together a cookbook featuring 50 kitchen science lessons every home cook should know. We put some to the test.
We asked a bunch of our favorite people about their holiday plans
Reconstructing sea level history for the first time
You've built your own carbonator; now start mineralizing
Weather can transport microbes long distances, and they can promote the formation of ice and cloud droplets.
Turkey's salt lakes leave trails of white in Asia Minor.
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
1,000 of the maps could fit on a grain of salt
A cancer researcher stumbles upon a way to set saltwater aflame. Neat trick, but is his discovery useful?
Does red wine make you live longer? Do bras cause cancer? Is sugar as addictive as cocaine and heroin? We uncover what headline-grabbing scientific studies really mean for your health
A study of British "family annihilators" reveals some macabre data.
Designed it, anyway. And pro chefs cooked it. Recommended!
97 percent of water on Earth is salt water. What if we could drink it?
These down-and-dirty labors are hard, dangerous, and outright gross—and people love them anyway
Three PopSci editors share the freakiest facts they could find.
Gentlemen, charge your batteries: four vehicles that won't need gas to top 300 mph
The long tale of battery evolution, starring unsuspecting frogs, pink bunnies and doomed satellites.
Sodium + chlorine = your favorite popcorn condiment (and lots of smoke and fire!)
Fosssett was reportedly piloting a single-engine aircraft
Ted Berger has spent the past decade engineering a brain implant that can re-create thoughts. The chip could remedy everything from Alzheimerâ€™s to absent-mindednessâ€”and reduce memory loss to nothing more than a computer glitch
A captain and a sailor died after the Bounty, a wooden ship built for a Marlon Brando film in the 1960s, sank off the coast of North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy. Journalist and Popular Science contributor Matthew Shaer reconstructs the ship's final voyage.
A seven-item hors d'oeuvres tour through the wonders of bug-eating
U.S. and Mexican officials have agreed to release a little bit of water to restore some of the delta habitat.
How Candida albicans tells our immune system to stand down
The lightest, frothiest gold ever made
The tastiest images from around the web
We'll drink to that
Here's how that steam-powered boom could happen.
As climate change intensifies, architects, designers, and scientists are devising better ways to deal with almost anything nature throws our way.
Sports: Headfirst at 80 miles per hour on a steel platter. And you thought bobsled and luge were scary.
What would you use to keep next-generation nuclear reactors cool? If you said highly reactive molten sodium, take a bow
A satellite peers down on a hellish landscape in south-central Algeria
We visit operating rooms, observatories, and islands full of slightly-less-than-rational monkeys to find the young geniuses who are shaping the future of science
2312 is available on Amazon.
Nuclear power is the most efficient emissions-free energy available. But can it be made safe? Two new reactor designs do just that
It could hold the key to finding life on alien worlds
Chase the sun somewhere fun.
We help America's first family of high-tech fireworks prepare for July 4th.
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.
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.
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.
Salty sweat may leave trace fingerprints on metal
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
With the worldâ€™s wild fish stocks plummeting, experts say that something must be done to ensure our seafood supply. Are offshore fish farms the solution?
The next big breakthrough in synthetic biology just might come from an amateur scientist
An excerpt from Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, a new book about a town in New Jersey devastated by industrial pollution