But the findings are not without their fair share of critics.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
As climate change intensifies, architects, designers, and scientists are devising better ways to deal with almost anything nature throws our way.
No injuries have been reported.
Mount Etna is having trouble keeping it together.
We're heading in the wrong direction.
It's all about their chemistry.
Area has a history of catastrophic quakes
From the Popular Science archives, the hurricane house, the seismograph camera, the forest-fire-fighting dirigible, and more.
Are nuclear disasters the new normal?
These elite nuclear divers are risking their lives to help save a troubled industry.
As nations around the world rush to reconsider their nuclear plans, nuclear experts look toward a future of smaller, safer reactors designed to greatly reduce the likelihood of a Fukushima-sized catastrophe
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
To celebrate Earth Day, we've compiled the best images of our planet as seen from NASA's satellites.
The Eiffel Tower? Predictable. Space Mountain? Kid stuff. This summer, wow the family with reality instead. Visit atom smashers, corpse farms and other wild scientific hotspots
We'll get a vaccine for addiction, debate the future of nuclear power, use new tech to take on water shortages, and-just maybe-find an extra dimension or two. Happy New Year
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
We have the technology to I.D. them near their source, but getting the word out may still be the hardest part
At 20 feet below sea level, new orleans is a prime target. An ambitious new levee system would decrease the risk
The new system analyzes real-time ocean data to see when the killer waves formed
The motion of the ocean(ic crust).
The tops of tsunamis glow red, it turns out
A computer simulation found nearby islands can amplify the severity of a tsunami by as much as 70 percent.
What causes a monster wave? Scientists are drilling seismic hot zones to find out
When a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's eastern coast early Friday morning, we all feared a tsunami. But San Francisco gets earthquakes all the time, and we're not scared of a tsunami there. Why?
A tsunami advisory was issued, but has now been cancelled.
Talking it out could make us less vulnerable.
The magnitude of the situation is still TBD
Shaking loose recent memories
A new machine lets scientists create monster waves--and ways to survive them
Tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, landslides--The single certain thing about nature´s killers is that they will strike again, and again. Our only defense: ever better prediction and protection
We actually can learn from the past
Scientists say we're ill-prepared for devastating tsunamis.
When all else fails, MacGyver It!
Tweaking texture could give us healthy versions of our favorite junk foods—and that's just the beginning
Electromagnetic fields can cloak objects from passing waves
Kids in Fukushima are now the most overweight in Japan. Here's why.
Our 10 favorite images of the week
Reports surface that a group of the animals acted strangely prior to the big quake
Yesterday's magnitude 8 earthquake sent seismic energy rippling round the world.
On Saturday, November 4, Popular Science and GMA Weekend journeyed to the year 2031 during a special broadcast of Good Morning America
How the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization keeps an ear to the ground
Or, why everyone is stocking up on iodine tablets
From flexible flashlights to genetically engineered fertilizers, San Jose's Tech Museum names the 25 most do-goody projects of the year
New clues show how the massive Japanese earthquake happened, and how certain faults could pose a previously unrealized threat.
A Pavlofian reaction
An antenna that blows up like a balloon brings satellite communications anywhere, anytime
After months of controversy, second bird flu recipe finally published
Burying pigs at sea turns out to be a good way to study how human bodies decay.
Alan Burns made a fortune in the oil business. But as oil wanes, he's convinced that clean energy will be—must be—the next big thing. And so this inventor has poured his fortune into a challenge far greater than finding new oil deposits: extracting energy from the ocean
He just needs to get it to them
We spoke to candidates with science backgrounds from across the political spectrum
Inexpensive cataract surgery is restoring sight in South Asia
Bike designers Tony Ellsworth and Donald Miller resurrected a 500-year-old idea to change the way people pedal
Will Apple release an upgraded "iPhone without the phone" iPod with a wide-aspect-ratio touchscreen by September 30, 2007?
A "offers web-like support"
Supercomputing power on a single chip
A recent study found that genetics dictated the fighting styles of male and female fruit flies. Podcaster Jonathan Coulton is on the case for more
A new report on marine health could make you queasy.
In the cockpit of the F-35 Lightning II, a space-age helmet gives pilots x-ray visionâ€”even at night
The results are in! Readers voted for their favorite 2002 Best of What's New award winners. Drum roll, please ...
The latest science on how your cells make you who you are
Google Earth launches Prado Museum layer with high-resolution images of classic masterpieces
Your complete guide to today's near-earth asteroid flyby
The chat starts at noon EST. [UPDATE: The chat is now closed. Thanks for your questions, everyone!]
An art museum dedicated to the reproductive organs of fruit flies, spiders, snails and more
NASA's new solar explorer will launch tonight. Coverage begins at 9 p.m.
We've chosen our 2013 Science Fair Winners!
All human eyes are glued to "seven minutes of terror" live from Mars
Some things require just a little more power these days.
The event runs through October 9 in Austin, Tex.
Welcome to our annual list of inventions changing the world.
Rockets that foil comets, face transplants, artificial wombs, and more
A new speed skating suit debuts at the 2002 Winter Olympics.