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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.

America’s Laser Gun Goes To War

Right now, the U.S. Navy has a warship with a laser gun patrolling the Persian Gulf. The USS Ponce is an old ship that first saw service as an amphibious transport in the…

SpaceX Unveils Autonomous Drone Ship For Landing Reusable Rockets

In the ongoing effort to lower the cost of commercial spaceflight, private companies hope to conquer a facet of rocket design NASA hasn’t fully explored yet: reusable…

Rare Anglerfish Caught On Video

Earlier this month, scientists observed the black seadevil species of anglerfish alive in its natural habitat for the first time.

How To Make Extra-Efficient Solar Panels Using Old Blu-Ray Discs

You probably don't think of them that way, but Blu-ray discs have a gorgeous color. In fact, the same physics that gives butterfly wings and housefly eyes their iridescent…

Three Billion People Are On The Internet Now

Mobile broadband is growing fast in Africa and other developing countries, but overall penetration still lags behind the Western world.

DIY Electrified Outfits Light Up The Ballet

As a dancer, Lynn Parkerson performed in traditional productions of The Nutcracker. Now the founding artistic director of Brooklyn Ballet is adding technology to the classic holiday show, with help from Brooklyn-based hacker collective NYC Resistor.

Is Depression An Infectious Disease?

To find a cause for mental health conditions, a new theory has emerged placing the blame on germs. But is depression really an infectious disease?

Astronauts Levitate Molten Orb Of Metal In Space

Behold the fiery sphere of pain in the heavens! No, not the sun, this one is much, much closer to Earth, and much stranger still.

China Shows Off Holographic Ground Control System for Drones

AVIC, China's top aerospace manufacturer, is finding unexpected but sci-fi inspired ways to push the drone technological envelope.

Mystery Of Alaska’s Disappearing Sea Lions Solved

A decade ago, we set out to unravel deep ocean crime scenes we weren’t even sure existed. The crime?

The Real Problems Of Running A Jurassic Park

The teaser trailer for Jurassic World will be released this Thursday, and while everyone is looking forward to the film's release next June, some imaginative folks on…

Indian National Park Setting Up Radar Network To Protect Tigers -- And Humans

We all know that good fences make good neighbors, but in one national park in India, fences just aren’t good enough.

How Nigeria's Anti-Polio Strategy Helped It Wipe Out Ebola

Experts now think it's feasible for Nigeria to wipe out wild poliovirus within its borders this year, even as the country stays on high alert against Ebola.

Next Spring, You Can Walk Under A Glacier In Iceland

Soon, visitors to Iceland will be able to head inside a man-made ice cave and get an inside look into how glaciers work.

Europa Is Stunning In Close-To-True Color

NASA has given an old, high-resolution image of Jupiter's moon Europa a fresh polish. The result is the closest-yet approximation of what the watery moon would look like to…

Regin Spyware Collects Government and Industry Secrets, Then Covers Its Tracks

Symantec has discovered a complex and stealthy piece of malware designed to spy on people, companies, and governments without leaving a trace.