In the years following World War II, an audacious British plan would have used Nazi rockets to put a man in space. In the summer of 1945, with the war in Europe over, Allied forces rushed to unravel the
Protesters cheering the collapse of a £1m genetically-modified wheat trial seem too dim to realise that progress requires failure Back in 2012, a group of clueless protesters tried to disrupt a trial genetically-modified
The best reads from around the web, including failed fuel predictions, an audacious computer hack and the language of bird song. Business Marissa Mayer, what happened? Nicholas Carlson | New York Times
The fighter pilot’s cockpit is one of the most complex workplaces in the world. Angus Batey looks at the unique difficulties facing cockpit designers, and how jet controls are set to change in the 21st
Elevators that can whisk people and cargo up from the planet’s surface into space could spell an end to polluting rockets. But making them reality is a challenge. Nic Fleming investigates. Elon Musk is
The Tupolev Tu-95 first thundered over Soviet parades in the mid-1950s. Why does this giant, propeller-driven bomber still make headlines nearly 60 years later? Stephen Dowling investigates. It first into
Sometimes the ground suddenly opens, swallowing cars, homes and people. We may have ways to see these sinkholes coming – so why would some people resist the idea? Daniel Cossins reports. It’s the stuff
Astronomers have found a new, supermassive black hole that's 12 billion times more massive than the sun, and the discovery, described in a paper published in the journal Nature on Wednesday, challenges
Every year, wind and weather systems lift an average of 182 million tons of dust from Africa's Sahara desert and blow it westward. According to a report from NASA about the phenomenon, that's the amount
Not too long ago Carol Browner would have sided with the activists clad in white hazmat suits protesting nuclear power outside the City Club's lunch Tuesday in downtown Chicago. Instead, Browner, the U.S.
Frilled sharks are rarely seen denizens of the deep that resemble their dinosaur-era ancestors. With its gaping, tooth-filled mouth and its slender, eel-like body, it’s not hard to see why scientists the
Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of Popular Science.
Courtesy of the European Space Agency, here's the best Christmas light display I've seen all year: a time lapse of more than 12,000 images taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst, while he was on the
Standing on top of a cliff on the northern coast of France, Reagan detailed the story of the American Rangers, who had to scale sheer cliffs to take Pointe Du Hoc from the Germans, who were shooting down
Microsoft recently yanked a series of commercials that pretty much ridicule rival smartphone maker Apple. (If you haven’t seen any of them yet, I’d highly recommend checking out the embedded video below
A new type of engine could usher in an era of affordable spaceplanes A disembodied jet engine, attached to a hulking air vent, sits in an outdoor test facility at the Culham Science Center in Oxfordshire,
US entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled his vision for the Hyperloop, transporting people in a tube between cities at supersonic speed. Here we look at some of the other transport concepts pushing the boundaries
How does Godzilla compare to an AT-AT walker? Plus, how they stack up to real stuff, like the Sydney Opera House. DeviantART user lexinator117 created this scale-map comparing the sizes of nerd- and pop-culture
It's an electric gun, boogie woogie woogie. This homemade gun uses electromagnetic coils to send steel rods flying at a speed of 138 feet per second. Pressing the trigger loads a steel rod into the barrel,
Protect your cat videos for great justice. A new YouTube easter egg lets you play Missile Command — that artifact of early '80s Cold War consciousness and Golden Age game mechanics — above whatever video
A Slate investigation finds no merit in one writer's claim that she's allergic to genetically modified corn. Genetically modified food has all the ingredients to scare the pants off us: Chemicals! Technology!
In case the only thing keeping you from adopting a sustainable bug diet was a lack of attractive appliances. The U.N. recently suggested (not for the first time) that we put a bit more crunchy insect into