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China's showing off its new helicopters

From Our Blogs: Eastern Arsenal A peek into the China Helicopter Expo. The 4th Biennial China Helo Expo in Tianjin shows off China's latest in helicopter technology, plus future plans.

Lutron Caséta Wireless Lighting Starter Kit: A smarter way to a dimmer home

Gadgets Smarten up your lights without changing your bulbs. You'll have to install this smart lighting system, but its reliability is worth the effort.

20 percent off a smart car charger and other good deals happening today

Gadgets A quick guide to getting the goods for cheaper. PopSci is always on the lookout for today's best deals.

Scientists want to use your cell phone data and pee to track drug use

Health Cellular data could be the key to flushing out wastewater's valuable secrets. The trouble with sewage is you never know how many pees and poos are really in there—amiright?

All the stuff you can do with iPhone 8 that you couldn’t with iPhone 7

Gadgets Here's what that upgrade will get you. Dig into what upgrading to the iPhone 8 actually gets you.

When growing their penises for the season, ducks bend to social pressure

Animals Nothing to quack about. Male ducks can grow their penises to different lengths depending on how many female ducks are around.

These frogs might change color to avoid confusion during orgies

Animals Yellow means go (away). Some frog species gather in a huge group to breed. In the pandemonium, they can have difficulty distinguishing between males, females, and tennis balls.

The best cameras for filming in slow motion

Gadgets Catch all the action—not just what you can see with your naked eye. Video running at the speed of molasses reveals hidden movements our feeble peepers can't typically see.

Hurricane Maria proves how difficult it is to predict a storm’s devastation

Science It exploded from a tropical storm to a category five in just 27 hours. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are in the path of the second monstrous hurricane to tear through the Caribbean this month.

Fake diamonds helped scientists find the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth

Science It all went down 36 million years ago. This is not exactly the geologists’ standard test—but it is incredibly accurate.

This scorching black exoplanet takes in all the light it can and gives almost nothing back

Space As black as day. Exoplanet WASP-12b absorbs about 94 percent of its sun's rays and reflects almost none of it back.

11 new iOS 11 features to try

DIY Augmented reality, a redesigned App Store, and other new tricks your iPhone just learned. Apple's latest mobile operating system is here, and the new iOS 11 comes packed with new features.

Siri has a peppy new voice. But that’s not the most important thing.

Technology We spoke to vocal experts about the digital assistant’s new pipes. Have you heard? Siri, the virtual persona that speaks from your iPhone, sounds different now.

Your DNA probably didn’t make you do it

Science Judges and juries aren’t swayed by genetics. Genes that supposedly help sway your behavior don't sway lawyers and judges.

Is my drinking normal, or could I be an alcoholic?

Health Alcoholism rose 49 percent in the last decade. Nearly every group of people in the United States right now is drinking more than they did a decade ago.

How to pack for months of endless daytime


Science Surviving sunny summers in Antarctica. Without darkness to divide light from day, researchers find ways to cope.

What the Pop Sci folks are reading right now

Gadgets The books on our end-of-summer reading list. "It's one of the best classical fantasy series ever." From sci-fi to biographies, these are the books we're reading now.

Cassini is gone. What comes next?

Space Europa, the outer solar system, and a lot of questions. Cassini is no more, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll stop exploring.

62 percent off iPhone 8 cases and other good deals happening today

Gadgets A quick guide to getting the goods for cheaper. PopSci is always on the lookout for today's best deals.

All the ways hurricanes can harm—and help—the ecosystems they hit

Environment What Harvey and Irma left behind. Hurricanes alter every ecosystem they pass through on both land and sea.


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