Installing sensors in Nicaragua's Masaya volcano
Massive space rocks hurtle past Earth with frightening regularity. Some scientists want to deflect them. Others want to drag one closer.
From the Popular Science archive, the story of how Watson, Crick, Wilkins, and Franklin worked out the structure of life.
Some methods that people have suggested for preventing, or stopping, a hurricane--and why they might not work
Sixty years ago today, the U.S. detonated the first hydrogen bomb. Here's how we got there. Plus, the atomic spaceship we're still waiting for.
Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?
Learning to stop bombmakers--even before an explosion goes off
Are nuclear disasters the new normal?
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
Nuclear power is the most efficient emissions-free energy available. But can it be made safe? Two new reactor designs do just that
Not your rainy afternoon trip to the science museum
How earographs, invisible ink detectors, and the famed "Stamp Detective" used science to catch unsuspecting crooks.
A new ice age, exploding stars, the hypothetical Doomsday Machine, and more scenarios that are almost certain to eradicate life on Earth
Arun Majumdar has to decide which researchers will get millions of dollars, and he has to do it fast. He must spark an energy revolution within 20 years, or it's lights out for us all.
Sure, it could work, or it could also cause an earthquake or eruption
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Dangerous fumes from an African lake could be the fuel of tomorrow
Los Alamos scientist Steen Rasmussen plans to one-up nature by cobbling together a brand-new creature that reproduces and evolves. Is he making a biotech marvel that will do our bidding, or a test-tube-size Frankenstein monster?
Gone, but not forgotten.
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
Edward Teller's life and work changed life itself.