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The 2013 Microscope Images of the Year

The yawning trap of a carnivorous plant has taken First Prize in the 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition. Igor Siwanowicz, a …

Special relativity creates its own optical illusion

Special relativity is best known for letting us know that, as a person's velocity increases, their perception of time slows down. It also creates an …

Theory of Relativity

The Orgasmatron: Strange tale of a pleasure implant

Pleasure-inducing implants can induce orgasms at the push of a button, but as Frank Swain discovers, there’s a curious history behind this technology.<p>This month, news outlets worldwide issued breathless reports of a wondrous implant that causes orgasms at the touch of a button. The Orgasmatron, …

A New Material For Night-Vision Contact Lenses

The material is based on graphene.<p>Nobody has made night-vision contact lenses yet… but here's a glimpse at how that technology might work, if it ever comes to be.<p>University researchers have created a super-light, super-thin material that detects infrared light. Infrared includes the wavelengths of …

The One Extraordinary Skill All Prodigies Share

Their working memory is much, much better than everyone else’s.<p>We all know a child prodigy when we see one. If you’d been there when Mozart composed his first piece of music at age 5, or when Picasso finished his first painting at 9, or when math genius William James Sidis entered Harvard at 11, …

Roller Coasters

Last week I wrote about the beauty in mathematics and how brachistrochrones might be used in roller coaster designs. I’m going to continue on the …

Haunted Empire: A Bad Book About Apple After Steve Jobs

<i>Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs</i>, former <i>Wall Street Journal</i> Yukari Iwatani Kane’s new work, may be a business book — but as its name suggests, …