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Diabolical Death Rays from the PopSci Archives

Death rays and high tech weapons were popular fixtures in popular fiction of the 20s and 30s, but it turns out they were also on the minds of scientists at the time, too, who strove to recreate some of scifi’s most devastating weapons right here on Earth. Thanks to the PopSci archives, we can look [...]

Transparent Skin Developed By Japanese Researchers

If you want to show the world what you’re REALLY made of, guts and all, then your wait is almost over. Thanks to Japanese researchers from RIKEN, biological tissue can be turned transparent via chemical reagent, so you can look like a superhero without the need to have powers or a cool alien back story. [...]

The 25 Coolest College Labs

If you want white tiled floors and cleanrooms, these are not the labs you’re looking for. PopSci has ranked their choices for the 25 most awesome college labs, and the diversity and locations might surprise you. From the experimental mine for demolitions students (who learn to “blow things up extremely well”) at the Missouri University [...]

The Crime-Fighting Armored Sleeve

On paper, it looks a lot like something from a video game. In actuality, it looks even more so. David Brown, a cameraman, editor and producer, has won a PopSci 2011 Invention Award for his BodyGuard design–an armored glove with a built-in stun gun, laser pointer, video camera and flashlight. Not only is the design [...]