Meet the Teams Who Are Building the World's First Medical Tricorder

Wouldn't it be amazing if we all had a personal medical scanning device like Star Trek's tricorder? Now the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is hoping to make it happen. We spoke to some contestants to learn how they're planning to win part of the $10 million in prize money. » 3/13/14 11:00am 3/13/14 11:00am

How Britain's Failed Attempt to Develop a 'Death Ray' Changed the Course…

In the early 1930s, Great Britain found itself in a rather precarious position. Military theorists were predicting, quite correctly, that the next war would be dominated by air power, and the ominous threat of aerial bombardment. With Nazi Germany on the rise, the Brits suddenly felt very vulnerable. To address the… » 8/20/12 11:01am 8/20/12 11:01am

10 Weirdest Consumer Products Based on NASA Technology

NASA may not have spent its own money to develop the million dollar space pen, but the space agency did change your life in countless other ways. Over the years, NASA's technology has led to countless innovative products that you use every day. Some you'd expect, and some you... definitely wouldn't. » 9/15/11 10:00am 9/15/11 10:00am

The Best Real-Life Science Fictional Inventions of 2008

Click to view » 11/10/08 11:24am 11/10/08 11:24am Popular Science just published their mind-blowing "Best of What's New 2008" issue and it's packed with science fictional goodies that are coming to life right before our eyes. PopSci editor Sean Captain shared with us his favorites, including this "ground bot" for exploring other planets. See seven more of…