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Impact of Social Sciences

The device, developed by researchers in Singapore, can hide macroscopic objects by turning the conventional approach to optics (to make images as sharp and clear as possible) on its head. Using the new technology, scientists managed to hide a 3D letter N that was 40-micrometers in size. This research could one day pave the way for a sort of "invisibility gun" that could be aimed at an object. Read more: http://bit.ly/1bfMiuU via Wired

Ultra-Efficient Solar Power - MIT Technology Review

Harry Atwater thinks his lab can make an affordable device that produces more than twice the solar power generated by today’s panels. The feat is …

'Born-to-die': this device will self-destruct in 60 seconds

Imagine recovering from an operation without fear of a post-op infection from a drug-resistant super-bug. Imagine that this is because of a tiny electronic device left behind when they sewed you back up, which monitors the wound, picks up signs of infection, administers a specific amount of heat to …

The science and magic of wine-making

Watching a cloudy, sweet liquid turn into a clear, alcoholic one – accompanied by the hiccupping of an airlock – is a treat<p>… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity …

Liquid Crystal Matrix Slows Light Way Down | Optics & Photonics News

Researchers in France and China have found a novel method of slowing and stopping light pulses: by embedding azobenzene dye molecules in a liquid …

News

Publishing

Packing of periodic spheres (N = 25, vf = 40%)

Physicists Pursue the Perfect Lens by Bending Light the Wrong Way

From ribosomes assembling proteins to viruses attacking cells, the main dramas in biology happen on a scale that is, tantalizingly, just one order of …

A concise, solid grounding in neuroscience

I often get asked ‘how can I avoid common misunderstandings in neuroscience’ which I always think is a bit of an odd question because the answer is …

Otherlab!

Vaccine using GOLD DUST to mimic viruses could boost the immune system

Vaccine using GOLD DUST to mimic viruses could boost the immune system<p>Until now experts had struggled to create a vaccine against respiratory …

Immune System

Will Ferrell Sucks Face for Old Milwaukee in Super Bowl Spot

During last year’s Super Bowl broadcast, one Nebraska town was treated to a surprise: an actual ad for Old Milwaukee starring hilarious, fully grown oaf Will Ferrell. Given the star’s comedic repertoire, the ad must have seemed like a put-on, or a stealth preview for a movie, or some elaborate …

NFL

Humans and silicon don’t mix, but a new material coating could put chips inside our bodies

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Ohio State University<p>Silicon is cheap — a feature that has made it a darling of the electronics industry. But it has a …

Relativity behind mercury's liquidity

Why is mercury a liquid at room temperature? If you ask that question in a school classroom you will probably be told that relativity affects the …

Rod Serling with Robby the Robot in a Twilight Zone publicity photo.

How to Separate the Winners from the Spinners

Every employer can tell stories about an applicant who sounded like an A-player at the interview but ended up a dud once at work. Good candidates prepare, of course, but rehearsed interview answers can make it hard to separate the winners from the spinners.<p>Gauging an applicant’s true colors and …

DIY farm hacking takes off

Steve Spence, an amateur organic farmer in Andrew, South Carolina, has a smart way of irrigating his vegetables. He uses water from his pond and the …

Flexible opals

Instead of through pigments, these ‘polymer opals’ get their colour from their internal structure alone, resulting in pure colour which does not run …

Nanotech

Anatomy of a hack: How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331”

For Ars, three crackers have at 16,000+ hashed passcodes—with 90 percent success.<p>In March, readers followed along as Nate Anderson, Ars deputy editor …

Thoughts on Open Innovation: The Rebirth of the Citizen Scientist

This is the section in a chapter I co-wrote and edited with friends from the Open Science group of the Open Knowledge Foundation. The chapter is part …

What goes on when lightning strikes?

A new theory from Russian researchers suggests that lightning may be a by-product of cosmic rays. Surprisingly, despite studying lightning for …

DIY 3D Laser Scanner Using Arduino

Maker Alessandro Grossi sent us this great DIY build for a 3D scanner built using a laser, a DSLR, and an Arduino controller. Allesandro is a Mechanical Engineer, holding a Ph.D. in product design. His day job involves helping designers and manufacturing firms develop and optimize products by means …

One-Time Pad Reinvented to Make Electronic Copying Impossible - MIT Technology Review

One-time pads are the holy grail of cryptography—they are impossible to crack, even in principle.<p>They work by adding a set of random digits to a …

Is computing speed set to make a quantum leap?

Our imagination is stretched to the utmost," wrote Richard Feynman, the greatest physicist of his day, "not, as in fiction, to imagine things which …

Cells as living calculators

MIT engineers have transformed bacterial cells into living calculators that can compute logarithms, divide, and take square roots, using three or …