Museum of Science and Industry


When poking around the Smithsonian Museum’s extensive collection of children’s chemistry sets, you’ll find an archive of toys that represents over a century of scientific discovery for aspiring young chemists. First adapted from the portable kits used by scientists and college students during the 18th and 19th centuries, the sets became a must-have in any American toy box by the 1920s.

Over the last hundred years the...

In case you missed it, Popular Science spent a few weeks profiling college laboratories where talented students are getting the opportunity to add to important academic research, learn about and prepare for highly skilled careers in the sciences, and, best of all, blow stuff up.

Popular Science’s series "The Labs that Go Boom" features ten awesome laboratories and their work, providing an interesting look not...

Nature vs. Number

By Mark
June 03, 2012

Ever hear someone refer to math as "the universal language?" It seems like a reasonable idea: after all, 2 + 2 = 4 no matter what language you use for those numbers. Yet researchers are starting to find evidence that certain mathematical concepts might not be perceived in the same way by all people.

Researchers from the University of California at San Diego traveled to a remote valley in Papua New Guinea to study the way adults there conceptualize a "number line"—a visual representation of...


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