Tyler H. Baldauff

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Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

The Energy Fix: Wind Power Blades Get Bigger, Turbines Get Smarter

A look at tomorrow’s turbines<p>In 2012, wind power added more new electricity production in the U.S. than any other single source. But even with 60 gigawatts powering 15 million homes, wind supplants just 1.8 percent of the nation's carbon emissions. Tomorrow's turbines will have to be more …

Atomic Bomb Fallout Helps Solve Brain Mystery

The mushroom clouds produced by more than 500 nuclear bomb tests during the Cold War may have had a silver lining, after all. More than 50 years …

Do Adults Keep Making New Brain Cells? Cold War-Era Radiation Reveals Answer

A different kind of carbon-14 dating<p>When the U.S. and Soviet Union tested nuclear weapons aboveground in the 1950s and 1960s, they left their mark on everyone alive at that time. The tests released unusual amounts of carbon-14 into the atmosphere, which people's cells would sometimes incorporate …

This 'invisibility cloak' could conceal satellites — or hide your kids

Scientists have been slaving over the development of exotic materials that can serve as invisibility cloaks for small objects in specific wavelengths, but father-and-son researchers are showing off a type of invisibility that's done with simple sets of mirrors, lenses or tanks of water.<p>In a paper …

How much do oceans add to world’s oxygen?

Most of Earth’s oxygen comes from tiny ocean plants – called phytoplankton – that live near the water’s surface and drift with the …

Marine Biology

US and China agree to limit HFC greenhouse gases, setting global warming back by two years

On Saturday, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping made a public pledge to scale back production of HFCs (Hydrochlorofluorocarbons), especially potent greenhouse gases used in refrigerators, air conditioners and insulating foam. According to the White House, the proposed phasedown would …

Electronic Frontier Foundation speaks out against PRISM

Kurt Opshal, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, talks with MSNBC’s Richard Lui about the federal government’s surveillance tactics.

AT&T extends wait for phone upgrades from 20 months to two years

Following Verizon's lead, AT&T has extended the period customers will have to wait before upgrading their phones. The company announced in a blog post that it was raising the threshold for a subsidized replacement from 20 months to 24 months. That new limit applies both to new customers and to …

Technology giants struggle to maintain credibility over NSA Prism surveillance

Technology giants battled to maintain their credibility on privacy issues over the weekend as further details emerged of their co-operation with US …