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The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year


Each year, Popular Science picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue.

NASA's (Un)Censored Moonwalkers

The astronauts weren't thrilled, but public affairs ensured the public would read every word spoken on the Moon.

Beautiful Map Reveals The Evolution Of The Protoplanet Vesta


More than a million miles away from Earth, Vesta sits cold and dark in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Scientists Make Gecko-Inspired Wall Climbing Adhesive


Geckos, when not shilling for insurance companies, are most known for their climbing abilities that let them scale walls effortlessly.

Ask Us Anything: Which Came First, The Chicken Or The Egg?


Welcome to our newest video series, called Ask Us Anything! And we really mean it. In each video, we'll answer the odd-ball, amusing, or just plain confounding questions you…

Worm Living In Human Brain Gets Its Genome Mapped


For many years, a Chinese man in the U.K. experienced a range of debilitating neurological symptoms with no understood origin--including headaches, memory loss, and…

The First Home Iris Scanner


Myris, a sleek handheld iris scanner, brings biometric security to home computers. The device plugs into a USB port and takes a split-second video of both eyes, scanning…

BMW's i8 Is Where Every Car Manufacturer Needs to Go


It wasn't that long ago that every major sports car manufacturer scoffed at the idea of inserting hybrid-electric powertrains into their track-tuned road-rockets.

How Women's Bra Sizes Weirdly Correlate To Their Spending Habits


If you want to make billions in 2014, you have to understand big data. Chinese web sales giant Alibaba understands this concept better than most, as it utilizes…

TGI Friday’s In-Restaurant Drone Hovers Mistletoe Over Customers' Heads


Circling overhead, the drone finds its prey seated below. The robot is looking not for specific identifying characteristics of people, but rather suspect behaviors.

How Supercomputing Is Cracking The Mysteries Of Human Origins


A Texas supercomputer capable of 9.6 quadrillion operations per second has solved a thorny problem in genetics, by looking at the bones of a young boy who died 24,000 years…

These Adaptable, Self-Replicating Robots Surely Won't Tear The World Apart ... Right?


Watching the University of Oslo’s three-limbed robot squirm across the floor like a dismembered starfish brings to mind shudder-inducing flashbacks of Stargate SG-1.

Radiation-Proof Suits, Moon Aspirations, And The First Drive-Thru Banks


Going through the archives of Popular Science is like exploring old family photos. You laugh, you cry, you reminisce about crazy old Uncle Bob...okay maybe not.

Blame This Arctic Superstorm For Brutal U.S. Winter Weather


Got a lot of snow last week—or yesterday? You can blame this guy, above. The satellite image, taken November 8, shows a superstorm over the Bering Sea.

Look Inside The Snowstorm That's Burying Upstate New York


Got a lot of snow last week—or yesterday? You can blame this guy, above. The satellite image, taken November 8, shows a superstorm over the Bering Sea.

Salt Prices Skyrocket As Temperatures Plummet


Talk about a polar plunge. This week all 50 states experienced freezing temperatures on the same day.

Non-Profit Wants To Make Encrypting Web Traffic Easy And Free


The vast majority of web traffic is unsecured, but a non-profit project called Let's Encrypt wants to change that by making encryption simple and free.

Wireless And Wearable Sensors To Track Your Basketball Skills


ShotTracker, a combination of wireless sensors and smartphone apps, can help players improve their basketball game and coaches track their players' progress.

Philae Discovers Organic Molecules On A Comet


After 10 years of chasing down Comet 67P—and then landing on it—a robotic space mission has returned a tantalizing discovery: the rubber ducky-shaped rock is home to…

Philae Discovers Organic Carbon On A Comet


After 10 years of chasing down Comet 67P—and then landing on it—a robotic space mission has returned a tantalizing discovery: the rubber ducky-shaped rock is home to…


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