Isaiah Jorgensen

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Invisible 'Dark Lighting' Blasts Airline Passengers With Radiation

However, these outbursts do not seem to reach truly dangerous levels, researchers added.<p>More than a decade ago, researchers unexpectedly discovered thunderstorms could generate brief but powerful bursts of gamma rays, the highest-energy form of light. These so-called terrestrial gamma-ray flashes …

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'Dark lightning': the unseen energy of thunderstorms

A lightning bolt is one of nature's most over-the-top phenomena, rarely failing to elicit at least a ping of awe no matter how many times a person has witnessed one. With his iconic kite-and-key experiments in the mid-18th century, Benjamin Franklin showed that lightning is an electrical …

Can 'Brain Freeze' Cause Long-Term Brain Damage?

And is it already too late?!<p>We've all sucked down a milkshake so quickly that it causes a sudden headache—the dreaded brain freeze. But . . . milkshake. Tasty. Must. Drink. Could chugging the rest of that shake cause lasting brain damage?<p>First, let's get one thing straight. "This condition is …

Obama talks surveillance with Apple, AT&T chiefs

U.S. President Barack Obama met with a number of tech figures Thursday to discuss the future of technology and its role in surveillance.<p>According to Politico, anonymous sources say the meeting was a closed-door affair, following a similar, off-the-record meeting between U.S. administrators, …

Master swordsmith forges Zelda's Master Sword

Whether you know it or not, you've probably seen Tony Swatton's work.<p>The smith's swords, arms, and armor have appeared in more than 200 films and television shows, including "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Hunger Games," "Hellboy," "Constantine," "Mystery Men," "Blade," and a whole massive bunch …

These robots will assemble your IKEA furniture

Anyone who's shopped at IKEA knows that the worst part of the process is looking at a wordless instruction manual and bemoaning the loss of a Saturday afternoon. That's why the IKEA Bot is the best thing to happen to cheap, modern home furnishing. It also happens to display the bright future for …

Week in review (pictures)

More photos of<p>Updated:August 9, 2013 Caption:Charles CooperPhoto:Sonny Dickson<p>After months of leaked details, loads of speculation, and plenty of waiting,<p>Updated:August 9, 2013 Caption:Charles CooperPhoto:Getty Images<p>President Barack Obama met with a number of tech figures Thursday to discuss the …

Yes, we could build a real-world 'Elysium,' eventually

This weekend, Matt Damon begins his run taking it to the 1 percenters on Elysium on behalf of the rest of us here on Earth -- a futuristic, poverty-ridden hellscape version of Earth, that is.<p>The film "Elysium" is the latest from "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp and opens Friday across the …

Meta's Meron Gribetz and the rise of the natural machine

In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple computers in Jobs' parent's modest ranch house in Los Altos, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley. Nearly 40 years later, in a Los Altos Hills mansion on a hilltop with a view of what Silicon Valley has become, Meron Gribetz is leading a …

Spaceglasses turn your face into an interface, Ep 132

Augmented-reality goggles called spaceglasses put an interface right on your face. Ikea's getting into the augmented-reality game with its futuristic catalog, and beware of toilet hackers. It's a thing.

Why an Apple TV game console is a no-brainer

For almost as long as there's been a rumor of a next-gen Apple TV, there's been a rumor of an Apple game console. In a year where Apple's product portfolio has been conservative -- to be kind -- it feels like new products, like the fabled iWatch, might be sliding off toward 2014.<p>So what, if …

Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 Mercedes-Benz takes a big step forward with its 2014 S550 flagship sedan , improving just about every feature in this model update, but app integration suffers from slow connection times. Read the review .<p>Updated:August 9, 2013 Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:Josh Miller/CNET<p>…

'Nightvision' shows Europe's spectacular architecture after dark

Have you ever seen Europe's magical architectural masterpieces? If you've never viewed any of these buildings, or maybe seen just a few, an amazing video called "Nightvision" gives you the visual tour of a lifetime. The short film bounces between astounding nighttime views of monuments such as the …

Perseid Meteor Shower to Flare

A Cloud Room And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Paralyzed Patients Communicate By Controlling Their Pupils

A new idea for letting people with locked-in syndrome communicate<p>Experimental setups for letting paralyzed people communicate usually work by measuring brainwaves, so they can be pretty invasive for patients. For many, it's probably well worth the effort, but one team of researchers thinks there's …

The First Lab-Grown Hamburger Is Served

Beef cells cultured without killing the animal<p>Since 2008, Dr. Mark Post has been working on growing edible meat in a laboratory. Today, at an event in London, the first in-vitro hamburger has been served.<p>Muscle stem cells were taken from a cow's shoulder in a gentle biopsy and grown in calf serum, …

FYI: Why Does My Voice Sound Different When I Hear It On A Recording?

It sounds different because it is different. "When you speak, the vocal folds in your throat vibrate, which causes your skin, skull and oral cavities to also vibrate, and we perceive this as sound," explains Ben Hornsby, a professor of audiology at Vanderbilt University. The vibrations mix with the …

All Of The Asteroids That Could Potentially End The World

Here's the path of the nearly 1,400 asteroids that would cause "major devastation" if they hit our planet.<p>It's no surprise that NASA is keeping track of all potentially hazardous objects, or PHOs, that surround our planet. If it's closer than 4.6 million miles away and larger than about 350 feet in …

Don't Sleep With Mean People

A finalist in the Rockethub-Popular Science #CrowdGrant challenge hopes to put an end to meanness—with sex.<p>A finalist in the <i>Popular Science</i> #CrowdGrant Challenge is stirring up trouble on the internet. Baba Brinkman, a "Canadian rap artist, writer, actor, and tree planter" based in New York City is …

How 3-D Printing Body Parts Will Revolutionize Medicine

Welcome to the age of bioprinting, where the machines we've built are building bits and pieces of us.<p>A device the size of an espresso machine quietly whirs to life. The contraption isn't filled with fresh, pungent grounds but, instead, spoonfuls of opaque, sterile goo. Its robotic arm moves …

Stained Glass That Doubles As A Solar Power Source

Artist Sarah Hall’s collection of glass facades are beautiful and good for the environment!<p>A cathedral in Saskatoon, Saskatechewan recently installed stained glass windows embedded with solar panels that will connect to the local electrical grid. "Lux Gloria" is one of several large-scale glass …

FYI: Are Organs Ever Re-Donated?

A few transplants out of the 28,000 performed every year involve the same organ spending time in more than two bodies. The most common scenario arises when a patient in the late stages of a disease receives a new liver or kidney as a last-ditch effort to keep him alive. If he dies shortly after, …

Fetal Pain Is A Lie: How Phony Science Took Over The Abortion Debate

New laws banning abortion after 20 weeks are based on pseudoscience -- and real research proves it conclusively.<p><b>This article originally appeared on Salon.com.</b><p>Since Nebraska first jump-started the trend back in 2010, close to a dozen state legislatures across the country have passed laws banning …

Super Simple 3-D-Printed Robot Can Inspect Power Lines For Cheap

Don't be surprised to see a few of these inching their way along cables above your head soon.<p>If nothing else, humans have proved amazingly thorough builders of cables. Utility lines are everywhere, but they need to be inspected, and the equipment to do that is expensive and cumbersome. Not so with …

Tracker Maps Reports Of Food Poisoning On Twitter

Mining tweets for illness-related complaints can tell us what restaurants to avoid when.<p>Twitter isn't as much a micro-blogging site anymore as it is a data pool. It can tell us what's happening during an emergency, how people are feeling about national news events, and even the difference between a …

Scientists To Make Deadlier Versions Of H7N9 Bird Flu In Lab

The controversial studies are meant to help predict what the virus will do next.<p>A team of virus researchers is set to perform studies on H7N9 that may make the bird flu more resistant to drugs and more easily transmitted between humans. The scientists announced their plans today in two major …

Grinding 20-Ton Mirrors For The Giant Magellan Telescope

One of the largest telescopes ever made will reveal previously unobservable facets of our universe's past.<p>The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) will be one of the largest telescopes ever made, and will allow scientists to observe distant realms in unprecedented detail. It will display the far reaches …

Meet The Researcher Whose Fake-Poop Project Could Save Your Life

Emma Allen-Vercoe's fecal-transplant treatment could battle lethal gastrointestinal infections.<p>Done with your lunch? Good, here we go: You may know that implanting feces from healthy people into sick people can treat the deadly gastrointestinal infection caused by the bacterium <i>Clostridium …

Crunching The Numbers On Mario Kart 64

See what getting knocked into last place looks like in data form.<p>To show off the capabilities of number-crunching tool Manta, programmer Dave Pacheco explains how he wired a system for recording matches from the Nintendo 64 racing-game classic <i>Mario Kart 64</i>.<p>The post is a little on the wonky side, …