It's a no-brainer: The government should be spending money on science that nobody else wants to fund.
Danh Trinh built StorageBot to keep track of easily lost workshop parts. Even better, it responds to the sound of his voice.
Billy Glover explains how petroleum-based aviation fuel could disappear
How RFID tags, carbon-fiber airframes, and battery sensors will change the course of flight.
Meet the 100-passenger plane that'll keep your flight running on time.
Monitoring and controlling drivers' behavior could save billions of dollars in gas.
A home computer that transforms into a tabletop game center
DE-STAR could vaporize asteroids that threaten Earth in less than an hour.
Burying pigs at sea turns out to be a good way to study how human bodies decay.
Soon, a pair of custom-made sneakers could cost hundreds, instead of thousands.
Like science, tech, and DIY projects?
Sign up to receive Popular Science's emails and get the highlights.