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How to Cure Salmon in 30 Minutes

Chef Tom Douglas of Seattle’s Hot Stove Society uses an almost­ instant take on gravlax to show off the amazing local salmon. Here, a step-by-step …

Watch 'Eating Knowledge' a New Documentary About Ferran Adrià's elBulli

Here, now, a deep dive into a meal at elBulli, the legendary Michelin-starred restaurant from chef Ferran Adrià that ended its run in 2011. Adrià resurrected the restaurant for the filming of <i>Eating Knowledge</i> — translated from the Spanish <i>Comer Conocimiento</i> — a documentary that chronicles the elBulli …

The Surprising Science Behind The Movie 'Interstellar'

From wormhole highways to robotic space companions, scientific experts weigh in on Christopher Nolan's newest sci-fi blockbuster.<p>Asking a team of journalists to rally around a science fiction movie might sound ludicrous. Yet some combination of boundless vision, relaxing of natural laws, and …

Science Fiction

Super Teeny 3-D Printed Livers Go On Sale

Soon, they'll help pharmaceutical companies test new drugs.<p>You can now buy your own, tiny, 3-D printed livers. Haven't you always wanted one?<p>Last year, <i>Popular Science</i> visited the 3-D bio-printing company Organovo to see the livers, then in development. Now, the livers—each "roughly" hexagonal in …

3D

Elon Musk: Our Savior, The Supervillain

How one technology mogul's terror of extinction serves the human race<p>This month, Elon Musk reminded us once again why he's the most entertaining executive alive. In an online comment that's since been deleted, Musk wrote about his fears concerning artificial intelligence (AI) research and how fast …

Comic Books

Six alternative web browsers you should know about

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock / tovovan<p>Most people are only familiar with the “big five” web browsers — Chrome, Firefox, Internet …

First lab-grown kidney successfully implanted in a rat

Scientists have implanted a laboratory-grown kidney into a rat for the first time, a medical milestone that they hope will soon lead to similar solutions for human beings needing full organ transplants. "It's the first one ever that's been implanted into an animal," said Harald Ott, MD and PhD at …

The Five Biggest Threats To Human Existence

The big and bad crises that could wipe out humanity<p>In the daily hubbub of current “crises” facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. I use the word “hope” because we face risks, …

Singularity

10 Great Novels That Will Make You More Passionate About Science

Many of the world's greatest scientists were inspired to go into their fields by reading science fiction books. And it's easy to see why. A lot of …

Science Fiction

Beating 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' Reveals The Sad Truths Of Celebrity Life

My time with Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is drawing to an end, as the game slowly starts to slide down the app chats. When I began, it was the #1 free app on Apple’s iOS, but now it’s #11, reflecting the short attention span of the average app consumer.<p>But before I never click that animated tile …

Designer Rebrands Samsung’s Logo To Make It As Iconic As Apple’s

A Dutch designer imagines a better way to brand the Korean giant.<p>For 21 years, the Samsung name as served as the company logo, occasionally superimposed over a wobbly blue oval. It’s the kind of logo that’s fine on washing machines and televisions, but incredibly boring on something personal, like …

PM/AM: A Russian Gang Stole 1 Billion Passwords

Stories, videos, and our thoughts on big news you might have missed.<p><i>Welcome to PM/AM, Popular Mechanics' morning briefing on the top science and tech stories for today.</i><p>As reported by <i>The New York Times</i>, a ring of Russian hackers has stolen 1.2 billion unique username and password combinations and …

Secrets of the Water Bear, the Only Animal That Can Survive in Space

The microscopic tardigrade—also known as the water bear—is the only animal that can survive the cold, irradiated vacuum of outer space. We talked to leading tardigrade researchers to find out what makes these little guys so amazing.<p><b>What's so special about tardigrades?</b><p>Tardigrades are a class of …

Netflix Now Brings In More Money From Subscribers Than HBO

We should know better by now than to think Netflix executives would pass up an opportunity to annoy HBO.<p>The company's founder and CEO, Reed Hastings, announced in a Facebook post on Wednesday<p>that for the first time, Netflix has pulled in more subscriber revenue than HBO over a three-month …

Wall Street Big Tobacco deals have left US states with billions of debt

In November 1998, attorneys general from across the country sealed a historic deal with the tobacco industry to pay for the health care costs of smoking. Going forward, nearly every cigarette sold would provide money to the states, territories and other governments involved—more than $200 billion …

Finance

The wisdom of less: How Procter & Gamble can grow by shrinking

After more than a decade of widespread expansion, picking up everything from beauty products to razors to batteries, Procter & Gamble announced last …

12 Ebola Questions You're Wondering About

In case you’ve missed it, the deadliest Ebola outbreak is spreading in Western Africa, taking at least 900 lives so far. The U.S. Centers for Disease …

Disrupt Winner Vurb Raises $8 Million To Steal Mobile Search From Google

The conundrum of mobile is you either use one convenient app that is mediocre at doing many things, or you have to discover and hop between a flotilla of single-purpose apps. Vurb wants to solve this for mobile search by aggregating utility from top third-party apps so you can make decisions rather …

The 3D Printed Cast That Heals Bones 40-80% Faster

When one has a bone reset after a traumatic accident, a plaster cast is normally used to hold the break in place until it heals. For the average …

Emerging Technology

Gerber Ding Dong Breaching Tool

Yes, it has a rather silly name, but there's nothing silly about the utility you'll find in the Gerber Ding Dong Breaching Tool. Built in Portland, …

Brasse 31BLK Kawasaki Ninja Mod Kit

The Kawasaki Ninja250 is a fine bike all on its own, but if you yearn for something a bit more unique, this Brasse 31BLK Kawasaki Ninja Mod Kit …

The Perfect Office - Philips Bluetooth Speaker, Space Bar and Office Ideas

We've seen some great gadgets and equipment for designers. So many cool stuff, that we could actually assemble infinite perfect office spaces! Every …

Google Is About To Take Over Your Whole Life, And You Won’t Even Notice

Google’s new design ethos, living on and beyond every screen, could make Google an amorphous problem solver of unimaginable scale.<p>“I have a weird question for you,” I stammered, sitting in a hotel room across from Matias Duarte and Jon Wiley, the Google design leads for Android and Search, …

Grilled Ham and Cheese with Pineapple Recipe

379<p>6Ingredients<p>┅Calories<p>15Minutes<p>Ingredients<p>servings:<p>USMETRIC<p>2 slices sandwich bread<p>2 slices swiss cheese<p>2 ounces sliced ham (thinly)<p>2 pineapple …

A Brief History of Unusual Objects Designed to Kill People from Far Away, Part 3: A Remote-Controlled, Gyro-Stabilized Sniper Rifle Mounting System

As we saw in an earlier post, part of what made the Mongols so militarily successful is that they had an unstoppable weapon that they learned to fire …

Harley-Davidson Livewire Electric Motorcycle

It's okay. Re-read the headline. We'll wait. Yes, it's true: the American brand most associated with disturbingly loud two-wheeled vehicles is making …

Motorcycles

5 Knives Chefs Can't Live Without

Chefs can’t live without great knives. Here, some of their favorites.<p>Chefs can’t live without great knives. Here are some of their favorites (from …

75 Summer Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook

Master these ultimate summer dishes and eat well through September.<p><b>Just because we're not in the mood to fire up the oven</b> to make brisket in the summer doesn't mean we're off the hook when it comes to warm weather meals. Nope, when it comes to summertime, there are <i>definitely</i> some classics that just …

Cooking

Ignite Your Metabolism!

Target your glutes to annihilate calories and build a stronger lower body<p>Butt-building exercises shouldn't be reserved for women in bikinis. "Your glutes are one of your body's largest and most powerful muscle groups," says BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S., creator of <b>Men's Health StreamFIT</b>. "Targeting them …