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Invisibility Block Brings Cloaking Technology a Step Closer

Scientists in Singapore have discovered a way to make objects disappear from view by bending light around them. The technology has potential for use in the military and for surveillance, but could also be applied for other purposes such as disguising unsightly objects on buildings...

February 19, 2014
Evaluating the Risk of Events That Could End Civilization

Evaluating the Risk of Events That Could End Civilization

Every so often, Seth Baum heads out to meet Ins Garca, a video director and actress, at her Manhattan apartment. While hes there, he helps out in whatever way he can holding a microphone for hours on end, carrying heavy equipment and running to the local computer store to get an extra memory card [...]..

February 19, 2014 — Naveena Sadasivam
The Man who made Mountains

The Man who made Mountains

U.S.G.S. engineer Bailey Willis ( February 19, 1949) was known for his unorthodox approach to geological questions. Puzzled by the geological structures he discovered in mountain ranges, long before computer-models were available, he constructed a machine to simulate the mountain-forming process...

February 19, 2014 — David Bressan
What Aperture Does, In Two Photos

What Aperture Does, In Two Photos

Curious about why you’d want to pay attention to that f/number on your camera settings? Consider: Same subject, same lens, same camera, very different image.

February 18, 2014 — Alex Wild
Ivanpah – solar thermal sets record in the desert

Ivanpah – solar thermal sets record in the desert

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), America has doubled the amount of energy produced using solar technologies over thelast five years.Last week, a massive new solar resource was dedicated in southern California...

February 18, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Mystery of Mars ‘Doughnut’ Rock Solved

Mystery of Mars ‘Doughnut’ Rock Solved

About a month ago an intriguing pair of images from NASA’s Opportunity rover on Mars showed a curious rock that had seemingly appeared our of nowhere during the course of 12 days.

February 18, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Why the world needs more Leo Szilards

Why the world needs more Leo Szilards

The body of men and women who built the atomic bomb was vast, diverse, talented and multitudinous. Every conceivable kind of professional – from theoretical physics to plumber – worked on the Manhattan Project for three years over an enterprise that spread across the country and equalled the US automobile industry in its marshaling of [...]..

February 18, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
South Korea Develops the World's First Foldable Battery

South Korea Develops the World's First Foldable Battery

The era of flexible phones and wearable computers has moved a step closer with the development of the world's first foldable lithium-ion battery. An efficient, stable, flexible battery has long been sought by companies like Samsung and LG who want to be first with the next generation of consumer electronics...

February 14, 2014
Photo Friday: All lights are not created equal

Photo Friday: All lights are not created equal

At the California Lighting Teaching Center (CLTC) in Davis, California, researchers explore light from many angles. This rack of light emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs on display at the CLTC shows how different designs and bulbs can create wide varieties of light...

February 14, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Eat Small: Why our Big Fish Problem is leading to big fish problems

Eat Small: Why our Big Fish Problem is leading to big fish problems

The following is an excerpt from Patrick Mustain’s post on the Food Matters blog: We like big fish. And thats a problem, according to Andy Sharpless, CEO of the ocean conservation organization Oceana, and co-author (along with Suzannah Evans) of the book The Perfect Protein...

February 13, 2014 — Carin Bondar

How Hackers Take Down Web Sites [Video]

Many of the Web sites we visit every day are under cyber attack by malicious hackers looking to disrupt business transactions, discourage people from using a particular online service or exact payback for some real or perceived slight...

February 11, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
Landslides in a Changing Climate

Landslides in a Changing Climate

A video showing the aftermath of a rockfall in South-Tyrol remembers us that even small mass movements can have disastrous – or even deadly – effects.

February 11, 2014 — David Bressan
Guest Post: Energy innovation – do niche markets really matter?

Guest Post: Energy innovation – do niche markets really matter?

ByStijn van Ewijk In an ever changing world, technological innovation allows us to adapt, survive and thrive. Innovation can impact us adversely as well – the steam engine brought the industrial revolution and with it economic growth and prosperity as well as environmental pollution and inequality.In order to reap innovation’s full benefits, we should try [...]..

February 11, 2014 — Melissa C. Lott
Up Close and Personal With a Humpback Whale

Up Close and Personal With a Humpback Whale

Wow. I’m not sure what impressed me more – the humpback vocalizations or the fact that this ‘Crazy Cameraman’ must have nerves of steel.

February 10, 2014 — Carin Bondar
How Many More Coal Ash Spills?

How Many More Coal Ash Spills?

What is the largest type of trash produced in the U.S.? It’s not whatever you’re thinking, most likely. It’s coal ash. Burning coal produces more than 100 million metric tons of coal ash per yearthe gray or black sooty aftermath of our fossil fuel habit...

February 10, 2014 — David Biello
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