From the archives: The promising new world of solar power—in the 1950s
In the March 1954 issue of Popular Science, we explored the auspicious and suspicious new ways of harnessing the sun's energy.
To grow food in space, we had to start in the Antarctic
The hostile, extreme and alien Antarctic is a convenient analog for space exploration, where nations can test space technologies and protocols, including plant production.
Steelmaking is a major source of emissions. These companies are racing to fix it.
The steel industry is testing new technologies that don’t rely on fossil fuels to reduce its carbon imprint.
The French military has three beastly new vehicles
They are the Griffon, the Jaguar, and the Serval, and each of them is capable of deploying a smokescreen.
What researchers discovered about iPhones in low-power mode
When an iPhone dies, it still works a little. Researchers think this feature could be exploited.
From the archives: Rube Goldberg machines are serious business
In the June 1923 issue of Popular Science, Rube Goldberg himself writes that he hopes to 'invent something useful.'
This laser-armed Stryker vehicle can shoot down drones and mortar rounds
The purpose of the high-energy laser is to provide a defensive weapon against incoming threats. Here's how it all works.
4 ways to save money on lumber
Sick over high wood prices? These tips can help.
It’s an especially dangerous time to be a pedestrian in America
Traffic fatalities as a whole were up significantly in 2021, and pedestrian deaths alone increased by 13 percent. Here's what's happening on US roads.
Can we decarbonize surgical healthcare?
Climate change is a health problem—and it's time for healthcare to change too.