Enjoy being alive? Thank these fossilized shrooms.
My primary focus is searching for undiscovered species—mostly white, eyeless crustaceans.
They're both just trying to get the biggest bang for their buck.
Glow coral, glow.
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1.6 billion years of flora
But their evolutionary history is
Our 10 favorite images of the week
Our favorite six-second science bites from the discontinued video service
The makers of the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided video game host a bioethics conference
They can have their cave and eat it too
They're better than fireworks--and last longer, too.
Farms are in a "smog panic" as plants falter without sunlight
Visions of a sweet future
The “Nutcracker Man” lived true to its name.
A big population of little guys
Don't worry, you'll have time to post your goodbye selfies to Facebook.
Predictions for how we will live and work—on Earth or in space—in the decades and centuries to come
From the Popular Science archive: Weather control, looped cities, moon microwaves, and more!
One man's experience with LED grow lights
A University of Georgia team tinkered with the genes of Pyrococcus furiosus, and the new breed is hungry for the smoggy stuff.
Meet the two chemical reactions that most influence the malt character and color of your brew.
Manipulating the acidity where a reef lives gives us a window into the effects of climate change.
The tale of the "plant hunters," farming whales, vegetable matter that rains from the sky and more
What's the most habitable planet?
And whether they'll look like E.T.
Animals (including humans) are constantly adapting to their environments. Here are ten reminders that this incredible process is constant—not limited to the distant past
Or, how to build artificial molecules
From harvesting energy to building networks, nature has been solving problems for billions of years longer than humans have
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.
A century of agricultural innovation vastly increased the amount of food--but with it came an increased population, and now hunger is on the rise. Fixing it will require an unlikely alliance
To commemorate World Food Day, we look back on science's role in alleviating the hunger crisis. Whale breeding, desert sugar factories, and oyster soup capsules, yum
Simple organisms pave the way to the hydrogen-fueled future
Seeding the seas or the skies to dial down the planet's temperature
Looking at a century of so-called progress
Scratch it good
New research casts light on a fateful hookup, 1.9 billion years ago
To rescue the Earth, we need bold engineering ideas that go beyond simple recycling
Cloning the green goo's factories for producing light-sensitive proteins could lead to more effective treatments for certain types of blindness
The nation's satellites document environmental threats around the globe. So why is the future of earth observation in peril?
Looking for a clean fuel that grows anywhere, needs only sunlight and water, and could produce enough oil to free the U.S. from its petroleum addiction? Here´s one start-up's plan for converting oil from algae-yes, algae
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
Nanotechnology could soon allow you to sanitize your bathroom with a flip of a light switch
Soon we'll be drinking Dover.
Leachates are toxic to the most numerous photosynthesizing organisms in the world.
Researchers say artificial photosynthesis can clean up atmospheric carbon pollution.
Oxygen-breathing critters might be more plausible than we thought.
Rising temperatures are shrinking winters, causing plants to bloom early and die young.
As CO2 rises, the nutrient content of many plants goes down.
In the face of climate change, experts are giving up hope.
Most of today's AI is designed to solve specific problems
Three new studies show promise for carbon capture.
Pump up the yams
They're a potential source of food, air, clothing, and more. But will they survive the journey, and can we avoid contaminating the red planet?
A shiny solution
What would it take to let us produce energy the way plants do?
Take that, trees
Two miles of lasing fun
From genetically modified rice to supertall skyscrapers, these 10 innovations are changing the world.
You can store the paper at room temperature, and all of its genetic and protein components will still work a year later.
Iridescent cells that filter light like prisms allow clams to farm underwater.
The search for aliens could remain fruitless, a new study finds.
In about an hour, you can hack a camera to only display blue, green, and near-infrared light, which will give you a lovely view of plant life.
New missions and discoveries on Earth, within our solar system and beyond are bringing us closer than ever to finding alien life on other planets
If algae can do it, why can't we?
Earthly organisms undergo tests in Mars-like conditions
The challenge of growing twice as much food by 2050 to feed nine billion people—with less and less land—is everyone's problem. But scientists are hard at work fomenting a second green revolution.
Cooking green vegetables: why sous vide is better
PopSci provides chilling answers to your burning questions
To create a truly clean alternative fuel, scientists are looking towards creating an artificial version of photosynthesis
It's two engines in one. Ford's dual-displacement engine runs on six cylinders for power, then switches to three for economy.