The best science and tech stories of 2020, from the editors of Popular Science

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Our most popular science stories of 2020

The biggest science news this year, by far, was anything to do with the novel coronavirus and the ongoing pandemic. Stories about COVID-19 received exponentially more views on Live Science than any other science news we shared.  Related: Coronavirus outbreak: Live updates But despite the hardship of the pandemic, there was plenty of fascinating science […]

This popular acne medication carries a disturbing legacy

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Newton’s Principia may have been more popular than previously thought

Isaac Newton’s 17th century book, the Principia, gave the famed English scientist a reputation: “[T]here goes the man that writt a book that neither he nor any body else understands,” a Cambridge student is said to have remarked as Newton passed by one day. Likewise, historians have assumed that only a select few scientists and […]

Management of a popular game fish, the smallmouth bass — ScienceDaily

For recreational fishing enthusiasts, the thrill of snagging their next catch comes with discovering what’s hooked on the end of the line. In many freshwater streams and rivers — across the central and eastern parts of the U.S. — anglers are often catching a popular freshwater game fish: the smallmouth bass. Now, scientists have discovered […]

Shovels you’ll definitely dig | Popular Science

Never underestimate the importance of good shovels. A well-stocked tool shed has more than one, each designed to accomplish a different task. They’re inexpensive, sturdy, and the kind of tool that can last generations if treated well. Some shovels dig holes, some move debris, smaller ones are perfect for gardens, and some of them can […]