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A Genetic Fog Machine That Tags Criminals

For years, “security smoke” has foiled robberies by flooding the scene with a dense vapor, provoking thieves to run.


DARPA FLASH allows for realtime communication for firefighters, crucial for battling fires and search-and-rescue missions.

The First Intuitive Address Book

A person’s memory isn’t alphabetical, yet that’s how every phone organizes contacts. Humin adds context to entries, so you can search the app for a person the same way you…

Benjamin Franklin Once Electrocuted Some Turkeys For Science

Benjamin Franklin's famous kite-flying experiment, conducted in 1752, was not his first study with electricity.

How To Celebrate Thanksgiving On The International Space Station

Hurtling around the Earth at nearly five miles per second, some 205 miles above where you might be sitting right now, crewmembers aboard the International Space Station…

Deep-Sea Dwellers Make A Natural Antibiotic

On hot vents deep underneath the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, there lives something unusual: a gene that fights bacteria.

How To Keep Your Giraffe Warm

It's getting cold out there. Are you keeping your giraffes warm?

Sony's Next Smartwatch Might Be Made Entirely From E-Paper

Sony's reportedly taking aim at a new smartwatch that's constructed entirely out of electronic paper, letting it change its whole appearance.

DNA Sequencing Could Make Turkeys Happier And Tastier

It's no accident that turkeys have more than doubled in size over the past 80 years—bigger is better, at least when it comes to the Thanksgiving table.

155 Years Later, Darwin's Manuscripts Are Going Digital

Charles Darwin may be a household name now, but we haven’t always had the theory of natural selection.

Iconic Cold War Spyplane May Get A Drone Makeover

Based at times in Area 51, the U-2 spyplane tested the very limits of human endurance and Cold War technology when it first flew in 1955.

Underwater Robot Maps Polar Ice In 3-D

Robots are getting better all the time. They can mix drinks, explore other planets and even adapt to new situations.

What Science Tells Us About Darren Wilson And Michael Brown

This week, a grand jury elected not to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.

The Science And Engineering Of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Balloons

They're cute and fat and take real engineering to get up into the air. I'm talking about the iconic balloons in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Decipher Your Car's 'Check Engine' Light Via Bluetooth

Even if you don't know your dipstick from your stick shift, this device can help you troubleshoot some of your car problems before you go to the mechanic.

A Basketball That Trains You

Embedded sensors measure spin and acceleration, data that’s beamed to a phone in just 100 milliseconds.

The World's Biggest Aircraft

The Airlander's unique shape provides 40 percent of the vessel’s aerodynamic lift (the rest comes from helium)—enough to keep 10 tons of cargo and a full crew aloft for…

45 Gifts To Buy For Your Favorite Popular Science Editor In 2014

We like to geek out over all kinds of things here at Popular Science. From retro-cool, to cutting-edge, to future-tech there's nothing like a good gizmo to get our gears…

Data From Satellites Confirm: Glaciers Are Retreating

Glaciers are having a hard time all around the world. A new book outlines the findings of a years-long effort by researchers and research groups across the world.

Americans Don't Know A Lot About Internet History Or Policy

The Pew Research Center quizzed Americans on their knowledge of technology and the web, and the results were pretty middling.