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Our mission

Popular Science has been demystifying the worlds of science and technology since 1872. We explain the inner workings of the phone in your pocket, explore world-changing innovations, and examine everything from the marvels of deep space to the secret lives of staples like bread. We deliver an engaging, approachable, and inclusive look at emerging technologies and scientific advances. Daily, PopSci unpacks the science behind the top current news stories, dissects the latest technology and digital trends, and helps readers live smarter, safer, and happier through clever DIY projects.

Our history

Founded in May 1872 by Edward L. Youmans as Popular Science Monthly, Popular Science began as more of a scientific journal than a magazine, featuring lengthy articles from the likes of Charles Darwin and Louis Pasteur. A change of ownership in the early 1900s, however, led the publication in a new direction, introducing the pithier takes on science and tech news, how tos, and hundreds of rich illustrations we still turn to today. 

Since then, though our designs have evolved, PopSci has chronicled the turbulent world of innovation for the everyday reader—a mission befitting past taglines like “The What’s New Magazine” and “The Future Now.” With the launch of popsci.com in 1999, the publication entered a new phase, delivering daily dispatches about the rapidly evolving worlds of personal technology and scientific advances.

Get to know PopSci with our top news stories and DIY projects

There’s no better way to understand what Popular Science is about than to dig into the work we do. The Popular Science team is a seasoned crew of science and technology journalists; our editors and writers have decades of experience deciphering dense research, cutting through jargon, and uncovering the hidden wonders of our world. Here’s some of our favorite work:

Top science and technology news

Could an ancient megashark still lurk in the deep seas? 
How to spend money for maximum happiness
An inside look at how fiber-optic glass is made
A CIA spyplane crashed outside Area 51 a half-century ago. This explorer found it.

Our best DIY projects

Build your own desk with custom features like USB ports and biometrics
The best way to reheat pizza
The five smells Americans hate most (and how to get rid of them)

Inspiring science podcasts

The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week follows our editors down science and tech’s most alluring rabbit holes.

Ask Us Anything answers your most outlandish and mind-burning questions. 

Our wondrous videos

Series like Experimentals and WILD LIVES peel back the veil on science’s greatest untold stories.

Who we are

Popular Science staff, contributors, and other team members.


Editor-in-Chief Annie Colbert
Senior Deputy Editor Purbita Saha
Managing Editor, PopSci.com Marina Galperina
DIY Editor John Kennedy
Technology Editor Rob Verger
Multimedia Editor Jessica Boddy
Editor-at-Large Rachel Feltman
Social Media Editor Chelsey Coombs
Associate Editors Ben Guarino, Sandra Gutierrez G.
Assistant Editor Charlotte Hu
News Writers Laura Baisas, Andrew Paul


Executive Editor Stan Horaczek
Managing Editor Tony Ware
Commerce Writer Brandt Ranj
Updates Writer Amanda Reed


Design Director Russ Smith
Managing Editor, PopSci+ Jean McKenna
Photography Director John Toolan
Production Manager Glenn Orzepowski
Copy Editor, PopSci+ S.B. Kleinman


VP, General Manager Adam Morath
VP, Client Partnerships John Graney
Senior Director, Commerce Billy Cadden
Senior Manager, Audience Development Paul Sarconi
Senior Manager, Subscriptions Asher Considine


Chief Executive Officer Andrew Perlman
SVP, Finance and Accounting Alan Weissbrod
SVP, Technology Dave Marks
VP, Commerce Breton Fischetti
VP, Marketing Alessandra De Benedetti
VP, Programmatic Scott Mulqueen
Director, Communications Cathy Hebert

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