Using just a length of fiber optic cable, scientists hope to recreate one of black holes' most salient properties
Maybe that's why we can't seem to find them
Good thing they are 330 million light-years away
At least not yet
Later this year, the black hole in our own galaxy will do the same, munching on a passing gas cloud.
A black hole with a mass of 55 million suns
Now that's dark
After 30 years of trying, scientists create first-ever acoustic black hole
New telescopic findings help shed light on a black hole physics mystery.
The physicist offers a new theory that allows energy to escape.
Chomp chomp, guuulp.
Newsworthy eye candy
Plus, a baby elephant
Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.
Stephen Hawking's new book strives to explain how everything works.
A conversation with theoretical physicist Brian Greene
The NASA/ESA LISA project aims to measure gravitational waves with giant lasers and free-falling cubes of gold
It's a well-oiled machine.
A giant thing to look at tiny things to understand giant things
For your next family trip to Mars
Cosmic explosion was not a typical gamma-ray burst
Is that a likely situation? No matter; Popular Science has the answers
The most powerful and complex science experiment in the history of the universe is finally—after 14 years and $10 billion—about to begin. There's no telling what it may find, and that's entirely the point
But you'd never know, because everyone is getting more massive at the same time.
The morality of intelligence in laboratory-made worlds.
Greening the world's most iconic skyscraper
But it's not all about the gunfire
And more disturbing stats from a biennial report on women and minorities in science and engineering. Though it's not all bad!
It wouldn't feel like much of anything.
And whether they'll look like E.T.
Cue the slow clapping.
Snake Venom Reflects More Than 100 Million Years of Evolution
We asked some scientists to weigh in on this viral ear-worm.
More scientists need to recycle this noble gas.
These ten awe-inspiring science projects range from the world's largest undersea observatory to the "ultimate microscope" to a Jupiter orbiter on a suicide mission--but they're all massive, often in both size and scope
Earth's biggest astronomy machine, inaugurated last week, will see farther into the past than ever before.
Jonathan Feldschuh's work remixes data from Europe's Planck satellite.
Looking at a century of so-called progress
Tweeting creditable, verifiable information is hardly scandalous
Also, the universe's age has now been measured at 13.8 billion years old.
There is also a cornucopia of comets.
"We made carbon nanotubes that are blacker than anything else."
A Berkeley study searches for the link between cat color and cat personality.
Peak oil? A megatsunami? A Malthusian catastrophe? The possibilities are myriad. How do you think the world will end?
A report from DARPA's Wait, What? conference
We spoke to candidates with science backgrounds from across the political spectrum
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.
It's not just useless crap.
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
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?
The next treatment for trauma could be spotless minds.
Looking for life in all of the places.
Headlines fret about the growing obesity epidemic, but what does it mean? How did it happen? And what are the costs?
Illustrations by XPLANE
There are 101016 of them (but #1,000,443,163,313,125,343,132 is the evil one)
What lies beyond? PopSci readers need your expertise
Unique porous fluid could suck up and lock away unwanted molecules
We asked a bunch of our favorite people about their holiday plans
New observations nudge the Universe's timeline
Slamming hulking prey on the ground and impaling them with sabers is tough work
The banana as we know it is on a crash course toward extinction. For scientists, the battle to resuscitate the world's favorite fruit has begun--a race against time that just may be too late to win
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Astrophysicist Adam Frank's new book mixes cosmology with humanity. How does our understanding of the universe and cosmic time inform our daily lives? Especially if time is an illusion?
Out of the wild
Just in case you didn't have enough to worry about, think about this: A random fluctuation of the vacuum of space anywhere in the universe could flip the cosmic light switch to "off."
A new ice age, exploding stars, the hypothetical Doomsday Machine, and more scenarios that are almost certain to eradicate life on Earth
Lawrence Berkeley Labs' biggest energy research resource knows that big science often happens at very small scales--and very high temperatures
That's a novemdecillion drugs
The earliest substance ever.
Star formation is now 30 times lower than at its peak 11 billion years ago.
The universe is neither a computer nor a brain, but there are surprisingly similar laws to rule them all.
If the biggest 350,000 web sites on the internet were real places, this is what the map would look like
And another one helps you see just how far it is to Mars.
That we know of, anyway
Now science on how holes form
Revolutionary, if true
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