A team of female students has come up with an energy-efficient way for aeroplanes to move – one that could change air travel. They talk to Radhika Sanghani
More than 2 kilometres underwater, this towering array of natural chimneys, known as black smokers, spews out mineral-rich superheated water, nurturing life
Using virtual boundaries, the collar (pictured), designed by Texas-based DogTelligent, connects to an app that warns owners if their dog strays too far. It has a built-in microphone and speaker. —> Read More
The Charlie Charlie Challenge is a Mexican supernatural ritual that allegedly makes it possible to contact a ghost by writing ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ twice on a sheet of paper and asking questions. —> Read More
Revolutionary developments in the study of the DNA of our fossil ancestors are forcing a major rewrite of the human evolutionary story. —> Read More
One of the most interesting things about writing books is the macroscopic picture that emerges when you’re done. Larger patterns begin to reveal themselves, bigger questions start to arise.
Take “Tomorrowland,” my latest book. While technically an examination of those moments in time when science fiction became science fact, the book inadvertently became a study in a very playful form of countercultural rebellion. To put this in simple terms, the larger pattern that revealed itself when I was writing this book is the undeniable fact that the men and women who have invented the future didn’t come from the mainstream.
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A group of scientists led by Dr Latha Venkataraman of Columbia University has developed a single-molecule diode that may have real-world technological applications for nanodevices. The idea of creating a single-molecule diode – a circuit element that directs current flow – was first suggested more than 40 years ago, in 1974, by researchers Arieh Aviram [...] —> Read More
If you’re watching television while using a second screen – like a smartphone or tablet – new research suggests that some of the most expensive marketing messages aimed at you are missing their mark. —> Read More
Scientists at the Met Office in the UK have warned January to April has already been the warmest start to a year on record. The picture shows temperature anomalies since the start of the year. —> Read More
Meet the SUPERTANKS: Images showcase the power of the high-speed Ripsaw ‘drone tank’ and the strength of bulletproof Swat Bot
A Maine-based duo has developed several supertanks for use by the military. The Ripsaw (shown) is capable of up to 95mph (153km/h), while the Swat Bot has a bulletproof shield. —> Read More