Richard Cheng

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New Space Weather Warning System Could Buy Astronauts Precious Extra Time

Space weather is dangerous. Rogue high-energy particles fired off by the Sun can damage radio communications and electronics (including voting …

'Minecraft' is changing to make sure kids don't kill their birds in real life

If you give a parrot a chocolate chip cookie in <i>Minecraft</i>, it will become your friend. If you give a parrot a chocolate chip cookie in real life, it …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

World's Smallest Satellite Created for NASA by 18-Year-Old Indian Teen

18-year-old Indian student Rifath Sharook's invention weighs just over two OUNCES.<p>Although the space shuttle program may have been temporarily halted in the United States, NASA is still alive and well — and now, thanks to 18-year-old Rifath Sharook of India, are launching their smallest-ever …

Space Exploration

A New Transparent, Conductive Material Is Set to Revolutionize Our Electronics

A New Material<p>Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a new material that could change technology as we know it. This nano-scale, …

Nanotech

What ‘personal space’ looks like around the world

If you've traveled even a little bit, you’ve surely had the experience of sharing a public space with someone (or many someones) who wants to stand closer to you than you’d allow your partner most of the time. (I often had this experience at the ATMs in Baku, Azerbaijan, where crowding has replaced …

The 7 Best Apps For Planning a Room Layout & Design

What a time to be planning room layouts! Lucky for us, we now have access to a treasure trove of user-friendly apps to help us create floor plans and …

Apps

Fusion efficiency boosted by exploding a tiny gold shell from the inside

Shining laser through tiny hole yields smooth compression, lots of neutrons.<p>Inertial confinement fusion has mostly been the playground of the US. …

China's New Frigate Design Looks Awfully Familiar

The three-hull design is more heavily armed than the American ship that inspired it.<p>A new frigate design being built for China's People's Liberation Army Navy bears a striking resemblance to the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship. The design, as reported by Jane's Defense Weekly, uses a three-hull …

Military

Smashed Can Porcelain Sculptures

Chinese artist Lei Xue was inspired by Ming Dynasty patterns on the Chinese ceramics, to create sculptures representing smashed and empty soda cans. …

A Cat Made Of Clay

After artist Stephanie Kilgast‘s cat Arya died, the artist decided to honor her with a sculpture. “We had to put [Arya] to sleep <…> after a lot of …

Ethereal Nature-Inspired Art Made with Industrial Strength Metals

A few years ago, we swooned over Michelle McKinney‘s mesmerizing stainless steel sculptures. Resuming her practice of using industrial materials to create ethereal works of art, the English artist has continued to create woven metal sculptures inspired by flora and fauna found in nature.<p>Each …

Realistic Succulents and Blooming Flowers Meticulously Crafted From Clay

Nature-loving, New York-based artist Owen Mann meticulously handcrafts lifelike plants out of clay. Cleverly known as <i>Floramics</i>, his series of floral ceramics captures the intricate patterns and one-of-a-kind aesthetic of succulents and blossoming blooms.<p>Mann, a self-taught sculptor, dedicates his …

llustrator Repaints Disney Princesses In Her Unique Style

If you spend your days surfing the never-ending Instagram feed, you might've already heard of a freelance illustrator called Isabelle Staub, who …

A New Device Could Utterly Transform How We Produce Energy

Renewable Energy Technologies<p>Much of the world’s energy still comes from fossil fuels — for now. More people are becoming aware of the damaging …

The trick to persuading people you’re right, according to experimental psychology

It’s an old trope that humans don’t like change—especially when it comes to their opinions. Ancient Greek philosophers complained about the masses refusing to heed their advice. Scholars spearheading the scientific revolution in the 17th century bemoaned their predecessors’ stubbornness. And today, …

Climate Change Is Making Us All a Collectively Anxious Mess

Natural disasters and other causes of climate change are taking their toll on both the environment and us.<p>Climate change is doing more than wreaking …

Depression

Mind, Matter And Materialism

Science and philosophy have a long, complicated history.<p>Both are human endeavors aimed at articulating the nature of the world. But where the line between them lies depends a lot on perspective and history. Questions that once lay firmly in philosophy's domain have now fully entered the realm of …

How emotions are 'made': why your definition of sadness is unlike anyone else's

Lisa Feldman Barrett says we need to revamp our thinking on emotions. She’s a professor of psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, where she …

The Beguiling Promise Of John Goodenough's New Battery Technology

Google’s Eric Schmidt tweeted this week about a new fast-charging battery technology from John Goodenough, the inventor of the lithium-ion battery, Dr. Maria Braga and his research team in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin.<p>The new design uses a glass …

Clean Energy

Scientists Just Discovered How to 'Super-Size' Memory

There are good and bad ways to improve your memory. A bad way is to follow the advice of Ben Carson and blast your brain’s hippocampus with …

Humanity

How scientists managed to store information in a single atom

In the quest to shrink data storage down into tinier and tinier forms, scientists have scored a very, very small triumph.<p>They did it by creating what’s essentially an incredibly diminutive magnet: It’s just one atom in size, and while it’s not going to be holding birthday cards up on your …

NASA Considers Magnetic Shield to Help Mars Grow Its Atmosphere

NASA Planetary Science Division Director, Jim Green, says launching a magnetic shield could help warm Mars and possibly allow it to become habitable.<p>The Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop is happening right now at NASA headquarters in Washington DC. The workshop is meant to discuss ambitious …

Space

Is 2017 the year human spaceflight returns?

This could be a special year for human spaceflight. Europe and the US are collaborating and progressing with the Orion spacecraft, and next week, …

10 Advances in Weaponry That Changed History

Today’s world was shaped by yesterday’s weapons. Mankind’s ever-evolving arsenal is constantly reshaping our technologies, our political climate, and …

Tesla, SpaceX oppose Trump's immigration executive order

On Monday, Elon Musk's Tesla and SpaceX joined a legal brief filed by Apple, Google, and nearly 100 other tech companies in opposition to President …

MIT’s Transparent Gel Robot Can Catch and Release a Live Goldfish Underwater

The fishing pole of the future might just be a robot. Researchers at MIT have created a soft, transparent device that’s capable of catching and …

10 Science-y Valentine's Day Gifts

This Valentine's Day, show your love with the help of science. These nerdy gifts take their inspiration from laboratories and science classrooms.<p>1. …

No Big Bang? Quantum Physicists Discover The Universe Has No Beginning

The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory of general …

Relationship found between cognitive ability and experiences of vaginal, oral and anal sex

New research published in <i>The Journal of Sex Research</i> has found a relationship between cognitive ability and the experiences of vaginal, oral, and …

Here's Everything We Know About Hulu's 'Runaways'

No news yet on whether or not there will be a telepathic dinosaur.<p>The <i>Runaways</i> are coming to Hulu, maybe bringing their pet dinosaur and a series …