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Bubble lens bends nano beam of light - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — Using a few tiny liquid bubbles to bend light beams could …

Language boosts invisible objects into visual awareness

New research suggests that language can both enhance and diminish the sensitivity of our vision<p>The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously said that, "the limits of my language mean the limits of my world," meaning that we can only understand the world through the language we use, and that if our …

Super-lasers blaze knowledge trail

New-generation technology promises advances in medicine, physics and industry<p>The global leaders for ultra-powerful lasers are French and the technology is much in demand abroad, with many applications such as nuclear simulation, medical treatment, redirecting thunderstorms and basic physics. To …

The Giant Hurdle For The Internet Of Things

Can smart devices work in harmony?<p>Everyone's talking about the Internet of Things, a proposed network of intelligent devices that could one day automate much of the world around us. HVAC and lighting systems would adjust depending on a user's whereabouts. Lawns would know when to water themselves. …

Scientific diversity and equality – attacking the imbalance

Scientific feminism – it's time to push harder for equality in scientific research<p>"There comes a time when you have to run out of patience," says President of the Royal Society of Chemistry Professor Lesley Yellowless. Prof Yellowlees is referring to the dearth of women in science. In the UK, like …

Birds with bright ‘caps’ make better moms - Futurity

U. YORK (UK) — Female blue tits whose crowns reflect lots of UV light are …

6 Sky Events This Week: Perseids Peak, Cosmic Triangle and Rising Mars

<b>This week, skywatchers will be spoiled with jam-packed skies: meteors raining down, a moon-planet-star triangle and a large asteroid flyby.</b><p><b>Meteor Shower Peaks.</b> The year’s best-known celestial event officially peaks at 6 p.m. GMT Monday, August 12, when the Perseid meteor shower will produce …

This is China's chance to lead the way to sustainability - Futurity

MICHIGAN STATE (US) — China’s status as a global leader in carbon dioxide emissions gives …

From Darth Vader to Jelly Doughnuts, Weird Species Names Abound

Researchers sometimes turn to celebrities and pop culture for naming inspiration.<p><b>When you have to name 65 new species at once, it pays to get creative. That's how the Darth Vader beetle, or Agathidium vaderi, came to grace a scientific publication in 2005.</b>

Drunk and chic: meet Lapka BAM, the iPhone of breathalyzers

What would a breathalyzer look like if it were designed in the iPhone era? It probably wouldn’t look like the BACtrack Select S80 Professional Edition, a heap of plastic with a '90s-era digital readout, which is Amazon’s top-selling breathalyzer.<p>Russian designer Vadik Marmeladov wanted to build a …

Your meat addiction is destroying the planet

<i>“Jesus,” Molly said, her own plate empty, “gimme that. You know what this costs?” She took his plate. “They gotta raise a whole animal for years and then they kill it. This isn’t vat stuff.” She forked a mouthful up and chewed.” – William Gibson</i>, Neuromancer <i>(1984)</i><p>On Monday, August 5th, 2013, at a …

The 39 stats: Alfred Hitchcock's obsessions in numbers

Had he survived his three-steaks-a-sitting diet Alfred Hitchcock would have been all of 114 on 13 August. To celebrate, we're charting the great director's films in numbers - from character deaths to longest journeys - and finally answer the question: which is the most Hitchcockian Hitchcock of all?<p>…

DC Cinematic Universe Launched From Small Screen? - It's A Wrap!

Rumour: Ian McDiarmid to return for Star Wars: Episode VII?

<i>Star Wars: Episode VII</i> <b>refused to let any cats out of the bag at last weekend's D23 festival, but rumour has it that Ian McDiarmid might be another</b> …

Alan Taylor compares Thor: The Dark World to Game Of Thrones

<b>Alan Taylor has been discussing directing forthcoming sequel Thor: The Dark World and draws a number of comparisons with his work on hit TV series</b> …

Joe review

When, in the midst of David Gordon Green’s drama, Joe (Nicolas Cage) picks up a poisonous snake, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a metaphor, but …

Bret McKenzie writing Labyrinth-style fairytale musical comedy

<b>If you like laughing, great music or fun fantasy, then we have a feeling this news is going to get you more than a little excited.</b><p>Once he's wrapped …

Why I love … Fight Club's first fight

Reading on mobile? Click here to watch Fight Club clip<p>As a shy and retiring chap, pathologically opposed to the employment of actual fisticuffs in real-world situations, it's always been a bit of a mystery to me why I like Fight Club so much. I was never in the slightest bit interested in all that …

Film today: your daily movie bulletin

The top-line on the big news stories in cinema today – plus a preview of what's coming up on the site<p>News headlines today<p>Let's kick off with a not-quite-news story: Bruce Willis has revealed that he's a bit bored with doing action films but he does quite like the cash.<p>Vin Diesel has the voice of an …

Emmys: 21 Nominated Actresses Talk On-Set Rituals and Character Quirks

The female nominees for best lead and supporting roles reveal what they need to get into character, which show they’d die to guest star on ("Game of …

Smosh Duo Acts Like A Couple Of Babies In New Shut Up! Cartoons Series

In their latest series, <b>Ian Hecox</b> and <b>Anthony Padilla</b> have been babified. The comedic pair behind top YouTube channel <b>Smosh</b> stars in <i>Smosh Babies</i>, a new …

Vince Gilligan on Why 'Breaking Bad' Will Go Down in TV History (Q&A)

From our archives: The creator of the AMC drama series explains where his legendary show came from, the secret of its success and its long artistic …

TV

'Breaking Bad': What the Critics Are Saying

THR's Tim Goodman describes Sunday's episode as a "superbly powerful, brilliantly executed return to the small screen," while TV Guide's Matt Roush …

'Big Bang Theory' Star Mayim Bialik's Surprising On-Set Ritual

"The Big Bang Theory" keeps getting bigger, and while it's impossible to identify the precise chemical formula that makes the CBS hit so addictive, the comedy's cast is undoubtedly a huge factor.<p>So what does an Emmy-nominated actress on one of TV's biggest comedies do to prepare herself for the …

BBC Names Jeff Anderson Head of Daytime Production

In the newly created post, he will oversee daytime content for the BBC Factual Production unit as the U.K. public broadcaster continues to fine-tune …

Fox Launches Foxcrime Channel in Africa

The pay channel, which bows on South Africa's DStv network, features procedurals including “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and new FX series “The Bridge.”<p>Fox …

What to Watch Tuesday: Covert Cut-Off, Face Off Premiere, Zooey Climbs Her Family Tree & More

On TV this Tuesday: <b>Covert Affairs</b>‘ Auggie gets left high and dry, <b>Face Off</b> returns with a fanciful first challenge, Ken Marino plays <b>Drunk</b> and <b>Zooey</b> …

The Internet Actually Likes You

Real-life, face-to-face relationships? Pass.<p>Take Jim Benton's advice and plug yourself into the internet. There's an entire world that has nothing …

Can Fame Be Measured Quantitatively?

The following is an article from the magazine The Annals of Improbable Research.<p><b>by Eric Schulman</b> <b><br>Alexandria, Virginia</b><p><b>Abstract</b><br>Yes.<p><b>1. …