Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
What's it take to pilot a floating city? Our man reports from the (simulated) bridge.
Here's hoping this month's release of the Hollywood sea-fighting epic Master and Commander will do justice to those magnificent men and their sailing machines. On these pages, the mightiest ships of then and now.
These elite nuclear divers are risking their lives to help save a troubled industry.
Taber MacCallum helps hazmat divers safely explore contaminated waters
The world's most famous sunken wreck becomes a boon for deep-sea microbiologists.
Already, smart unmanned subs are set to replace dolphins as undersea mine sniffers. Next tech: mine detonation, remote sleuthing and robotic combat.
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.
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
It's not just useless crap.
A kinetic missile that flies at mach 7
Ten students who are improving MRIs, cancer treatments and human-robot interaction--between classes, of course
9/11 fanned fears of more terror attacks by air. But our 95,000 miles of coast may be much more permeable. Here's the new defense strategy.
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Sewage is more than just filth. It's evidence of our worst habits, everything from caffeine to cocaine, all ingested and flushed down the toilet. Now scientists are using wastewater to drug-test entire cities, and the results are sobering
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others
We spent twenty-four hours on a Greenpeace boat in the Gulf of Mexico looking for oil and dispersant among marine life. On the six-month anniversary of the leak, we report back
And just how much fuel is that?
See the effects of global warming while contributing to them!
The cast of 'Teen Titans Go! To the Movies' find out what their powers could do in real life.
Worst Science Jobs II: Number 8
An Arizona ski resort was the first to make snow from sewage "effluent," but the color was just a little off. Oops!
He just needs to get it to them
Awed at the pace of technological advances, a faction of geeky writers believes our world is about to change so radically that envisioning what comes next is nearly impossible.
Finessing inherent instability is one of the joys of controlling many machines. Our man gets wet to prove the point.
How to heal an infection that defies antibiotics? Another infection. Doctors in Eastern Europe have used lab-grown viruses to safely cure millions of wounds. So why can't we do the same here?
76 years ago today, the Hindenburg crashed over New Jersey, killing 35 people and ending the era of the airship. From the Popular Science archive, what it would have been like to travel the world in a Zeppelin.
The National Science Foundation has built a global observatory under the sea
Arsenic-laced drinking water, lead-contaminated soils and choking air pollution are sadly just the start in some of the world's dirtiest places
Fertilizer and sewage runoff cause the worst marine pollution, but we can reverse their effects
Oceanography: They came from the bottom of the sea.
To rescue the Earth, we need bold engineering ideas that go beyond simple recycling
Engineering the Earth's resources with remote-controlled clouds, artificially induced snow, and trained monkeys -- for sports' sake
How do you tell if a flu is dangerous enough to bring down the Olympics? Map diseases in real-time, throughout the entire country
Antidepressants aren't cheering up aquatic life
The ancient deposit could be good news for tech companies
Cassie and Jesse set sail.
For a 24-hour view of one of the most vibrant coral reefs on Earth, book a room at the world's first underwater hotel
BioDomes could safely rid rural areas of wastewater
Our dependence on big systems--big oil, big coal--steers us away from little ones, such as biofuel made from garbage, that are transforming communities in other countries
The amount of water on Earth is fixed, but everything else is changing fast
And is it dangerous?
From the Popular Science archives, the hurricane house, the seismograph camera, the forest-fire-fighting dirigible, and more.
Silicon Valley's fabled invention machine shows its latest tech
Coming to German sewer pipes this summer: Robotic snake inspectors.
Recycling: It's not waste unless you waste it.
A new paper suggests doctors and paramedics are not the only people who need immediate treatment in the case of pandemic flu; and acting as such may put society in grave danger
In the global race to reduce carbon emissions, these eco-minded communities, from Kansas to the Maldives, lead the pack. Here's how they're making their carbon footprints disappear
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
Space-age technology helps combat an old disease
As the U.S. campaigns against terrorism, new technologies will move to the front lines.
And PopSci was there to watch
Early appearances by Albert Einstein, Nikola Tesla, Ernest Rutherford, and other notable 20th-century scientists
Call us, maybe
The legendary urban planning game has a lot to say about the way our societies affect the environment. And the newest edition says one thing in particular.
Drugs have been found in wastewater around the world.
Worst Science Jobs II: Number 7
From time travel to rogue waves, the best (and worst) of this summer´s movies. Now with PopSci´s EGQ: Expected Gibberish Quotient. Launch the slideshow here.
As energy prices spike, even smelly fuel sources look attractive
On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, we take a look back at where it all began
Always remember to check tire pressure. ALWAYS
How Clostridium, a nasty pathogen, makes an infectiously delicious confection
Newsworthy eye candy
We spoke to candidates with science backgrounds from across the political spectrum
Scuba-trained investigators are learning protocols for examining watery graves. Rule #1 is not so high-tech: Watch out for 'gators.
Welcome to the wonderful world of compost toilet tech
To improve its virtual-reality simulators, the military wants to incorporate smell. For help, it's turning to Hollywood
The limits of travel are defined not by what vehicles can do, but by what vehicles can do to us. So how much can we take?
A large Mongolian dinosaur fossil, subject of a legal battle last year, is now finally free to return to its home country. How will it get there?
Ten of the brightest minds in science fiction imagine how we will live—on Earth and beyond—in the decades and centuries to come.
From cleaning toilets to powering barges, microbes take to the water
Bye, bye, plastic.
It's one funky fruit.
Projecting the evolution of the projectile
Our resident film physicist tackles the final frontier and finds some key pointers for our own space travels
A scientist gets cozy with the most alien microbes in the world
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
In this intimate interview, hear insights about Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance voyage as only a devoted granddaughter can have them.
Dubai's Palazzo Versace hires firm to cool sandy beaches
Robot mini subs, navy seal launches, high-tech espionage: the submarine of the 21st century has arrived
As the U.S.'s premier particle physics machine retires, the search for the Higgs falls to the Large Hadron Collider alone
As spaceflight is privatized, scientists will pay for space trips alongside affluent adventurers
On the Labrador Sea, the scientific crew of the research vessel Knorr hunts for underwater storms, sinks a two-mile mooring--and gathers clues to the planet's fate