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A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Popular Science's senior video producer discovered the lost film "The Terrors of the Deep."
How do police extract eyewitness accounts they can trust?
Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.
The first color photo of Pluto, a warm-blooded fish, and much more
We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure
Unraveling a mystery about a spider that makes spider-shaped decoys in its web.
Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.
Massive space rocks hurtle past Earth with frightening regularity. Some scientists want to deflect them. Others want to drag one closer.
Can a crew of scientists and volunteers armed with homemade trackers save sharks from extinction?
2312 is available on Amazon.
Brain damage has unleashed extraordinary talents in a small group of otherwise ordinary individuals. Will science find a way for everyone to tap their inner virtuoso?
How a furry-convention-attending, Midwestern-accented fox owner teamed up with a bizarre Floridian exotic animal importer and a Soviet geneticist to bring pet foxes to your living room.
To fight deadly white nose syndrome, The Nature Conservancy has built an artificial cave, which now awaits its first tenants.
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
Nearly a decade ago, NASA built an Earth-monitoring satellite that could have observed global warming in action. Then the agency stashed it in a warehouse in Maryland, where it remains to this day.
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
Understanding how the brain perceives the passage of time could lead to treatments for mental illnesses. Why does time seem to slow down during a life-threatening situation? Our reporter falls 15 stories to find out
The creator of the Segway is one of the most successful and admired inventors in the world. He leads a team of 300 scientists and engineers devoted to making things that better mankind. But he's not done
More than 50 of the most dangerous, disgusting, humiliating and just plain bad professions
Western architects have grand plans for helping China solve its expanding environmental crisis. But the world's dirtiest country already has the power to clean up all on its own
Our reporters deliver the latest on autonomous vehicles.
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
Forensic scientists in Switzerland are pioneering a whole new way to do autopsies. No scalpel required.
When David Hanson set out to build a robotic head, he saw no reason not to make it look just like a human. Then he stumbled into the Uncanny Valley.
Barbie's dead. Did Ken do it? How miniature death-scene dioramas are used to teach modern CSI techniques.
How safe can a citizen expect to be in a post 9/11 city? What technology can a city use to make its citizens safe?
As the U.S. campaigns against terrorism, new technologies will move to the front lines.
The web is crawling with jokes, hoaxes and more insidious fakes. Digital-image experts aim to develop foolproof detection tools, but until then, seeing is not believing
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
There's a lot of information out there and not all of it is good.
If a few very smart neuroscientists are right, with enough number crunching and a powerful brain scanner, science can pluck pictures—and maybe one day even thoughts— directly from your brain
America is haunted by 100,000 missing persons and 40,000 unidentified sets of remains. Only one lab can truly connect the lost and the dead—and it's revealing the secrets of serial killers in the process
Plus, the best colored monkey butts on the internet!
Geographic profiling pioneer Kim Rossmo has been likened to Sherlock Holmes; his Watson in the hunt for serial killers is a digital sidekick -- an algorithm he calls Rigel.
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?
Tips for more restful slumber, decoding how we dream and just a dash of pseudoscience
Abaddon's Gate is available on Amazon.
Stunning pictures of some of North America's most impressive animal camouflage
Studying our natural internal bacteria could help doctors cure diseases that affect millions
This 10,000-rpm, no-pulse artificial heart doesn't resemble an organic heart--and might be all the better for it
Parasite is available for pre-order on Amazon.
Turrell, whose solo exhibit at the Guggenheim closes Wednesday, doesn't just play with the way our eyes work; he exploits how our mind processes images to reveal that at a fundamental level, everything we see is an illusion.
Will too many hot chili peppers kill you? Is the moon on the verge of erupting? PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
High-speed movie cameras can shoot up to 20 million frames in the blink of an eye. The world is a mighty interesting place in ultimate slo-mo.
The world's oldest lizard-like reptile, with roots dating back to the Triassic period, has been found breeding again for the first time in 200 years
Armed with better batteries and stronger materials, new submersibles aim to go deeper than ever before and open up the whole of the unexplored ocean to human eyes
The lack of color is caused by tiny fog droplets
In his lab far from the scene of a crime, Skip Palenik forges unbreakable chains of evidence from dust & detritus. Let's watch the master at work.
The most promising new treatment for severe depression isn't a pill. It's a permanent implant that shocks the brain. Is this what joy looks like?
Players love the tech, but pro and amateur organizations can hardly keep up with the new materials and radical designs that have rewired and sometimes hot-wired sports.
These mysterious creatures exist today more or less unevolved from the forms they had hundreds of millions of years ago
The author subjects himself to genetic tests, scans and other high-tech diagnostics to report on how the trend toward "personalized medicine" will affect us
What does it take to become a citizen astronaut?
Debunked as a tool for psychoanalysis, Rorschach inkblots might still harbor some secrets
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.
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
89 million years is the blink of a (geologic) eye.
It's the difference between a grainy black-and-white film and HD.
It's actually more of a sweet zone.
How a mild-mannered children's celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.
Welcome to The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week.
Need to get away from it all? Popular Science presents an exclusive tour of CSS Skywalker, an orbital resort that's a lot closer to reality than you might think
U.S. forces in Iraq are waging a pivotal campaign in modern warfare-combat on the first "networked" battlefield. One problem: the enemy has a few networks of its own
Doctors seek inspiration from unexpected sources to work toward solving some of medicine's toughest challenges
With the worldâ€™s wild fish stocks plummeting, experts say that something must be done to ensure our seafood supply. Are offshore fish farms the solution?
Madam, your gaydar is beeping
It turns out we seriously underestimated the central nervous system.
The following is an excerpt from Adam Alter's new book Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, available on Amazon.
If you were a starfish, you'd have eyes on the ends of your legs.
Plus, the back of my eye
Chase the sun somewhere fun.
Magical phenomena are even cooler when you understand the science behind them.
The battle over genetically modified food is over: Supercrops won. Now crops designed to yield drugs and vaccines have come close to slipping into our food supply. No one knows if they're safe, and everyone involved seems to have something to hide.
The polygraph, though used in hiring, marital disputes, and possibly even anti-terror investigations, is flawed. Now scientists are looking deep within the brain to devise ways to detect deception at its source.
Researchers have finally cracked the case involving a bizarre deep-sea fish that has a transparent head and rotating tubular eyes
Not every student falls asleep at the thought of doing another lab. For a fortunate few, homework means setting off bombs, making lightning, crashing cars, and unleashing 100mph winds. Come meet the luckiest students in the country inside (with video)
These elite nuclear divers are risking their lives to help save a troubled industry.
And illustrates some fundamentals of physics.
Three tips to avoid sneaky tricks.
There are hundreds of reasons why someone might have two different-colored eyes.
In this piece from 1921, PopSci subjects the Sultan of Swat to a battery of scientific tests hoping to discover the secret behind his superhuman swing
PopSci tackles life's whys, hows and who-dunnits in this Q&A-style; feature
Already, smart unmanned subs are set to replace dolphins as undersea mine sniffers. Next tech: mine detonation, remote sleuthing and robotic combat.
It's arson, bomb and booby trap week at one of the nation's toughest forensics schools.
The world's first human-robot arm-wrestling match shows off the potential of a new material that someday could power machines--and even human limbs and organs
* that's a big, fat "might"
Two desktop-printer engineers quit their jobs to search for the ultimate source of endless energy: nuclear fusion. Could this highly improbable enterprise actually succeed?
Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste. Meat-free meat might be the solution.
These down-and-dirty labors are hard, dangerous, and outright gross—and people love them anyway
Once more unto the beach
But one thing's for sure: This creature of the deep has an incredible memory.