Excerpt: Mind Fixers
It's time to talk about informed consent.
Our editors scrounged up some truly frightful facts.
Pioneering surgeons have made it possible to transplant a human uterus that can bear children, offering hope to millions of women who never thought they could give birth.
Because life will go on tomorrow, and you should be informed.
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?
Reservoirs of HIV hide deep within the body. Scientists are now closing in on methods to wipe them out.
Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction, talks with Popular Science's reporter about the prehistory and the present of mass species die-offs
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.
From arsenic to Prozac to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act.
Why the tiny zebrafish is becoming many researchers' favorite animal
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.
As sequencing becomes more affordable, the way forward for diagnosis is not DNA snippets, but full genome workups
Doctors seek inspiration from unexpected sources to work toward solving some of medicine's toughest challenges
The best way to prepare for catastrophe? Head to the place where they engineer it.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
The Black Plague, Third Pandemic and Spanish Flu wiped out hundreds of millions; they have nothing on today's worst diseases
The findings may be no-brainers (yes, you do get sick in winter), but these studies uncover hidden truths in conventional wisdom
A too-brief encounter with Arthur C. Clarke, the grand old man of science-fiction visionaries.
Last July, 9-year-old Alex Everett received his first shot of synthetic human growth hormone--an injection he will get every night for eight years. Alex is not sick--he is short. Should we be treating stature as a medical condition?