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Popular Science is the magazine for anyone curious about what’s new and next. With a readership of over 6.4 million, Popular Science is a must-have for technology fans, early adopters, and thought leaders.

Popular Science puts the latest news in gadgets, software, and robotics in the palm of your hand! Our articles help anyone understand the ideas and people driving the big issues of the day – whether healthcare, energy, robotics, or defense. News and features also provide perspective on the latest breakthroughs in science and technology.

Popular Science represents the best hopes for our planet, our lives, our children, and our future. And we reveal those hopes by featuring the innovations today that are laying the groundwork for a better tomorrow. This is a magazine for readers that want the future now.

Social Media loves Popular Science:
- 2.98 Million Facebook Fans
- 503,000 Twitter Followers


• Debugging California—Entomologist Jodi Holeman has set loose more than 20 million mosquitoes in Fresno…to combat mosquitoes.
• No interaction required—Computers of all sizes are blending into our daily lives more than ever. The question is: How invisible can they get?
• Roaming roadless—The future of driving might be automated, but more people will steer themselves into outdoor thrills.
• I peed my pants to test a space suit—Boeing engineers are devoted to their jobs, even when they have to bring a change of clothes.
• Shoes made for running—Sneaker technology has helped marathon runners shave more than 30 minutes off their times in the last century alone.
• Body, heal thyself—This year’s health innovations helped us harness and improve our own healing powers.
• Why remodelers love stinky houses—An expert in flipping homes on the reason she enjoys the stench of a gross home.
• I’m a software engineer who flies combat drones—A man normally stuck at a monitor tries his hand at piloting, no extra training required.
• Eyes on the skies—Jane Poynter’s pioneering Stratollite balloon brought fried chicken to the edge of space. Someday, it could go to Mars.
• What’s still the best?—In three decades of chronicling innovations annually, we haven’t always picked a winner, but some items continue to impress.



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Popular Science App Description & Overview

The applications Popular Science was published in the category News on 2010-04-01 and was developed by Bonnier Corporation. The file size is 31.87 MB. The current version is 5.3.20 and works well on 7.0 and high ios versions.

- iOS 11 compatibility

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Good update  charlesmuncy181  5 star

Recent update fixed all my issues from previous versions. Thank you!


They NO listen to feedback!  HonestMannnnnnnn  1 star

I have been reading PopSci for years in print. I switched the the app a few years ago. The app text is too small and the app does not support landscape mode. These features have been requested by users for years but PopSci has ignored the requests. I have waited long enough but I will wait no longer. When my subscription is up in March, I will be parting ways with PopSci in all its forms. Thanks again for not listening to PAYING CUSTOMERS feedback and simple requests!


Issue problems  YakAttack8889  1 star

Once I start reading a issue I can not close out of the issue and go back to pick another issue. The only way I have been able to do this is fully deleting the app and reinstalling it. Then I can read the next issue. Anyone else have this problem?


It's crap  Rwtx  1 star

Have print edition and there is no way to access digital edition without buying another subscription.


Great way to read Popsci  mhold3  5 star

I've been using this app for over a year with no issues. After reading the physical magazine for many years I've completely switched to the app now. It's a fair price for the content in my opinion, especially if you have a yearly subscription.


Acts berserk when downloading  staunchnortheasterner  1 star

Title says it all. Please do something about it!


Awful app by a "technology" magazine  neurodoc70  1 star

This app is complete garbage. The access for print subscribers does not work properly at all. The password you create never gets recorded. You need to request your password by email to get a password that can actually be used. The sign in is unintuitive. The username is the email address you used to subscribe and not the name you used to subscribe. Changes pages does not work reliably. The app only works in portrait orientation, which is great for an iPhone but awkward on an iPad Pro with the Apple keyboard.


Awful  Estrato  1 star

Even though I signed up with a valid account it won't let me log in to actually use it. After communicating with customer service for a week in an effort to get my account to actually work I am still unable to log in. Awful app don't bother downloading, just read the physical magazine. If I could give it 0 stars I would

Kyle, Virginia

What happened?  Kyle, Virginia  1 star

Haven't had this app for some time, but good lord what happened to it? You used to be able to read articles on here without paying, now you have to pay? I realize they need to make money, but what happened to advertising? I feel as though science is already falling to the wayside in America, but now a popular science, no pun intended, magazine must limit even further those who would like access to their material?

Andy R. I.

PLEASE add support for landscape view!  Andy R. I.  3 star

I love popular science! I have no problems with this app other than the absence of landscape view. Please add support for this! I often read it on my iPad and I would much rather be able to stand it up on the table in front of me with my case than hold my iPad out in front of me while I read and risk dropping it. Not to mention my arm gets quite tired.


Ray Shrewsberry naturewilds 3 star

@bubblesbootcamp: The Surprising Science Behind the World's Most Popular Fruit - National Geographic


Disaster Services svdpusadisaster 3 star

Will the world shake with more large earthquakes in 2018? Time will tell. - Popular Science


Global News Center GNews_Center 3 star

#Science - Brain chips will be as popular as smartphones in 15 years, Speaking at Web Su...


I Feel Cheated  wick0140  1 star

I am usually an issue or two behind and this latest update just made the reading experience so painful on the iPad I am considering canceling. The older issues take so long to read now and the UX is so painful it is not something I look forward to any more. Popular Science just made reading their magazine a drudgery. Way to go PopSci!!


Poor update, without issues warning  maximalyst  2 star

This latest update seems rushed. I now know that only older issues are affected by the pdf-scan style pages, so I can understand if the update broke something in the old digital issues. I can give a star back for that. A one-time pop-up would have been nice to explain the issue though. But this new update is still much slower than it used to be--or at least I perceive it to be. Pages shouldn't load halfway, giving you a blurry image to look at until it fully loads. The old app simply had white pages until it loaded fully, which still didn't seem to take as long as in this new update.


A RIPOFF  Earniec  1 star

After multiple attempts to resolve my problem of not being able to download issues I have given up. I was only able to read 6 issues this year. Don't bother with this, the support is horrible.


Terrible update  arielerosa  1 star

It all started going south when the possibility to read portrait or landscape mode was eliminated. Since then, every change you made kept making the experience worse. What happened to the interactive experience? When did the state of the art e-magazine turn to a simple scanned document? I will cancel my subscription if you don't go back to how it was before the new editor in chief... and I don't think I'll be the only one.


Updated review  Shinyhi  5 star

It looks like the pdf layout thing was only for older issues. New issue looks and acts as before, I can live with that.


Horrific electronic magazine adaptation  jaotto  1 star

The latest update continues Popular Sciences downward fall toward being the worst implementation of an electronic magazine I've ever seen. Starting with losing my subscription information, Then finding that it had lost my downloaded issues, then, once I get back to where I was before the update, finding the new layout... On my iPad, the fonts in the articles are now about 4 point -- unreadable. It's like the articles are an afterthought packed between the full-page advertisements. What thought process led to the idea of putting the photo captions on a different page than the photos is also a mystery. The bar is not set very high here --please fix the layout so it is possible to read the magazine. That's all I'm asking for!


Horrible update  SmirnoFF_ice  1 star

Absolutely the worst update. I enjoyed previous reading experience with normal fonts and interactive pages, easy navigation, simple layout. Now it is all gone. Fonts are way too small, it feels like you are reading scanned magazine in pdf format, constantly zooming in on small fonts, images are low quality as well. It really wasn't a problem to download 500mb for one issue, now it's 30mb of unreadable pages. If issue won't get resolved, I'm canceling my subscription.


Incompetence at work  Phoenixfamily768  1 star

How can a magazine purposefully cut thousands of subscribers? Is Apple giving management a kickback to FORCE customers to buy an iPad air? I'm speechless. I'd like to see the ROI on this decision. I've had the iPad subscription since its first issue, and it has always been one of the best apps in the industry. What a way to end it.


The new Layout  networkguy923  1 star

Prior versions of Popular Science had the best magazine layout of any iPad magazine, now every page simply looks like it was scanned from the print issue. It looks horrible now, especially on the iPad mini, the text is just too small.


Latest update lost my subscription  Sparkgelark  1 star

After the 18 Feb update I no longer can access my subscription, which runs through July. Trying to “Restore All Purchases” ends with an error message after several minutes of gear spinning. I also still hate the fact that I can no longer read the articles in landscape mode.

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