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Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

New York Tests Laser Detection System For Subway Tracks

Lasers that scan for people on tracks might just save a few commuters' lives.<p>In December of 2012, Ki Suk Han was fatally pushed onto the train tracks at Manhattan's 49th Street subway station. The <i>New York Post</i> rain a picture of Han on its front page, showing him moments before death, clinging to …

X-ray crystallography: solving the patterns of matter - video

The field of crystallography began 100 years ago with father-and-son team William and Lawrence Bragg. With the help of archive footage from the Royal Institution, Patience Thomson presents an intimate portrait of her Nobel prizewinning father, William Bragg. Professor Stephen Curry demonstrates how …

Rainbows explained in ten seconds

The Window: Generating Energy With Sunlight, Mirrors, and Molten Salt

Take a look inside the first commercial-scale solar energy plant to use nothing more than the sun, molten salt, and a whole lot of mirrors to send …

Russian Cargo Spacecraft Heads to Space Station with Holiday Goodies

Batteries: A Big Idea That Turned on the World

How to light a Christmas tree using Brussels sprouts

Scientists and local schoolchildren are using the energy from 1,000 Brussels sprouts to light a Christmas tree on London's Southbank<p>A team from the creative consultancy Designworks has created a "sprout battery" that can harness the power of Brussels sprouts and convert it to electricity.<p>The group, …

Christmas Trees

Thanksgiving Message From Station's Expedition 38 Crew

Best photos, images, videos of Comet ISON

Now ISON cannot be seen from Earth, but it’s coming into the field of view of a whole fleet of ESA and NASA space-based observatories.<p>Professional …

Balancing Glass - Sick Science! #165

Friction Physics Reveals Details Of How People Hauled 100-Plus-Ton Stones To China's Forbidden City

Sounds like cold, hard work<p>Records say that in 15th-century China, workers hauled 100-ton-plus stone blocks 43 miles from a quarry to build the Forbidden City, over man-made paths.<p>The workers dug wells every half-kilometer to reach water, which they would pour to create ice roads in the deep …

How'd They Do That? The Story Of A Giant Rock And A Road Of Ice

Great works of ancient engineering, like the Pyramids or Stonehenge, inspire awe in every beholder. But some onlookers also get inspired to figure out exactly how these structures were made.<p>Howard Stone, an engineer from Princeton University, had such a moment in Beijing's Forbidden City — a …

Big Pic: A Sea Turtle In A Wind Tunnel

Scientists test how tagging devices increase drag for marine animals.<p>This is a fiberglass cast of a sea turtle, and it's inside a wind tunnel. Researchers from Canada and the U.S. set up this experiment to test how tagging devices increase drag—and make life harder—for marine animals. They found …

Lockheed Martin Is Developing A Hypersonic Spy Plane

No need to be stealth if you're flying at Mach 6.<p>The SR-71 Blackbird, iconic supersonic Cold War spy plane adopted by the X-Men as their vehicle of choice, might finally have a replacement. The Blackbird was retired in 1999, and since then there's been a serious deficit in crazy-fast spy planes …

India launches Mars mission in giant leap for super cheap space exploration

India has launched its first mission to Mars on Tuesday in what its leaders hope will be a giant leap forward for super cheap space exploration<p>Scientists from the Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launched their Mars Orbiter Mission on Tuesday, amid celebrations at mission control.<p>As …

How the way we walk can increase risk of being mugged

The way people move can influence the likelihood of an attack by a stranger. The good news, though, is that altering it can reduce the chances of being targeted.<p>How you move gives a lot away. Maybe too much, if the wrong person is watching. We think, for instance, that the way people walk can …

This Giant Balloon Will Carry You to (Near) Space

Want to take your time at the edge of the world? Climb aboard for a World View balloon ride to 98,000 feet.<p><b>Tucson-based startup World View</b> has announced the latest tech to join the commercial space race: a football-field-size helium balloon designed to take paying customers 18 miles (98,000 feet) …

'Double-play' motion keeps critters stable and agile - Futurity

Animals that push forward and back at the same time aren't wasting effort. They are maximizing both stability and maneuverability simultaneously.

Check out this Comet ISON interactive model

Comet ISON interactive model visualizes comet’s current position, trajectory, and important moments as Comet ISON hurtles toward its encounter with …

Cavemen Could Make Movies? Fascinating Video of Cave Art in Motion

Marc Azéma, a filmmaker and researcher of Palaeolithic society, suggests the origins of cinema are found in the flickering images created by …

Knee Surgeons Discover Previously Unknown Ligament in the Human Knee

Knee surgeons at University Hospitals Leuven have discovered a previously unknown ligament in the human knee. The surgeons say it plays in an …

Gravity: how real is the science?

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity might be gripping cinema but how accurate is the space thriller?<p>To use a cliché loved by those who toil in Hollywood, making movies is not rocket science – even, apparently, when the subject is.<p>Yet movie science rarely adds up to more than yet another way to tell the same …

Space Exploration

Falling Into The Sky And Other Tales Of Gravity

For most of us, gravity is the tug that pulls us home.<p>Every time we slip off a ladder or somersault into a swimming pool, we feel the planet pulling us back. Austrian stuntman Felix Baumgartner took this notion to a crazy extreme last year when he stepped off a platform attached to a helium balloon …

Crawling: A New Evolutionary Trick?

You have to crawl before you walk… unless you don’t. While crawling is considered a major developmental milestone in most western countries, the ability to scoot on the ground isn’t a common practice everywhere – and it’s likely a new evolutionary invention.<p>That’s what David Tracer, anthropologist …

NASA will broadcast launch to the International Space Station live from Times Square next week

New Yorkers and NASA fans looking for a bit of excitement during next Wednesday's spacecraft launch will be able to head into Times Square, where NASA's coverage of the launch will be broadcast over the twin screens beneath its famous New Year's Eve ball. Three crewmembers — including one NASA …

Blindfolded People Can Still "See" Their Own Limbs

If you wave your hand in front of your eyes, you'll think you can see it moving…even with an impermeable blindfold on.<p>A blindfold is no match for the power of the brain. Even when shrouded in total darkness, your mind still thinks it can see your body moving, creating visual sensations of motion …

Savage windstorm kills at least 13 in Europe

The powerful windstorm across northern Europe on Monday was one of the worst storms to hit the region in years.<p>At least 13 people have died due to a …

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