Colin Trulock

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Bill Nye's Experimental Wind Sail Spacecraft Launches Today

Time to go solar sailing<p>UPDATE: May 20, 2015: The light sail launch will take place sometime between 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. EDT today from Cape Canaveral, Florida aboard an Atlas V rocket. The weather in Florida is mostly clear. You can watch the launch here.<p>Solar power has been a common fixture …

Saudi Arabia

World of Warcraft gets a selfie camera, Instagram-style filters

Blizzard is making it easier than ever to capture your Night Elf's duckface, thanks to a new selfie camera coming to <i>World of Warcraft</i>. Patch 6.1, which recently rolled out to <i>WoW</i>'s public test realms, adds the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera, a new toy designed to make picture-taking a bit more</i> …

How viable is nuclear fusion as an energy source? Podcast

Are scientific and industrial ideas about commercial nuclear fusion reactors in the near future just wishful thinking?<p>At Iter in the south of France, seven international partners have pooled their financial and scientific resources to build the biggest fusion reactor in history. Their aim is to …

Energy

String field theory could be the foundation of quantum mechanics

Two USC researchers have proposed a link between string field theory and quantum mechanics that could open the door to using string field theory—or a …

China's New Long-Range Weapon Causes Non-Lethal Pain From Afar

Nothing says 'this is my deserted island' better than ethically questionable sci-fi technology<p>A Chinese defense company recently unveiled a long-range weapon that can cause people overwhelming pain without killing them.<p><i>IHS Janes</i> reports that the system, known as the Poly WB-1, uses …

Watch Laser Light Moving At 100 Billion Frames A Second

The latest and greatest in ultra-fast photography<p>There's a new, ultra-fast camera that lets engineers take videos of phenomena including the movement of laser light and even faster-than-light phenomena. Watching the videos is like seeing a physics textbook come to life.<p>Here's a video of a laser …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

Experts including Stephen Hawking look at the value of human and robotic spaceflight<p>• Astronauts lift our spirits. But can we afford to send humans into space? • Artificial intelligence could spell end of human race – Stephen Hawking • New Horizons probe rouses from hibernation for Pluto …

Does this Martian meteorite contain traces of life?

Researchers say they’ve found evidence of biological activity inside a meteorite from Mars that landed on the Moroccan desert in 2011.<p>The Tissint …

Research

Oldest engraving rewrites view of human history

Anthropologists on Wednesday said they had found the earliest engraving in human history on a fossilised mollusc shell some 500,000 years old, …

You Can Help Physicists Make the Next Higgs Boson Discovery

More than two years after physicists discovered the Higgs boson, there’s still a lot they don’t know about the elusive particle. Now, they want your …

How the Higgs boson made reality possible and how it can destroy it all

After explaining why pure scientific research is crucial for the advancement of humanity at all levels, David Kaplan tell us why the Higgs boson is …

Researchers link chromosome region to duplication of gene on X chromosome appears to cause excessive growth

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found a duplication of a short stretch of the X chromosome in some people with a rare disorder …

Why Time Can't Go Backward: Physicists Explain

“<i>Time is what keeps everything from happening at once,</i>” wrote Ray Cummings in his 1922 science fiction novel “The Girl in the Golden Atom,” which …

Light-bending silicon strips are the key to super-fast computers

No, that's not a barcode you're looking at -- instead, it's the likely future of computing. Stanford University researchers have developed an optical link that uses silicon strips to bend light at right angles, which future processors will likely need to transmit data at super-fast speeds. The key, …

Obama Has Perfect Reaction To Woman's Jealous Boyfriend

President Barack Obama had no problems casting his ballot for the midterm elections on Monday, but he did run into another problem at the voting booth -- a jealous boyfriend.<p>According to CNN, Obama stood next to Aia Cooper as he voted in Chicago. While the two were voting, Cooper's fiancé Mike …