Damian Maldonado

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Spectacular Time-Lapse GIFs of Flowers Blooming

These breathtaking gifs of different species of blooming flowers are from a time-lapse video shot by Japanese artist Yutaka Kitamura. Entitled <i>Touched by Strangers</i>, the flowering gifs, whose original video is part of a performance art collaboration with Alexander Reeder, is taken and separated from …

How Far Away Are Active Invisibility Cloaks?

New active cloaking technology prepares to leave the lab. Now you see me...<p><b>Despite the Harry Potter headlines they've</b> inspired, efforts over the last few years to create a real-life invisibility cloak have been simple proofs of concept. They're lab experiments, and not the kind of thing that could …

7 Totally Awesome (and Terrifying) Objects Under a Microscope

Source: The Atlantic<p>Whether in black and white or saturated with color and light, even the most commonplace of objects assume new, ornate features …

FDA approves swallowable 'PillCam' after almost a decade (video)

It's been about <i>nine years</i> since we last heard from from Given Imaging, but the FDA has finally granted a version of the firm's minuscule snapshooter its blessing. Not everyone has an easy time undergoing traditional colonoscopy procedures (due to drug allergies, for example), which is where the …

Top Discoveries Awaiting NASA's Next Big Telescope

Astronomers eagerly await the launch of the $8 billion James Webb Space Telescope.<p>It will see back in time farther than any space telescope ever has before—back to the first light following the big bang.<p><b>It will watch the first stars and galaxies form.</b><p><b>And it will hunt for distant habitable planets</b> …

Human brain reacts to emoticons as real faces

Just a few decades after they were invented, emoticons have become an indispensable part of online communication - so much so that the human brain now reacts to them in the same way as a real face<p>Emoticons such as :-) have become so important to how we communicate online that they are changing the …

In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

The dinosaurs were killed during the Fifth Extinction — which scientists suspect was caused by an asteroid. Now, we are living through an epoch that many scientists describe as the Sixth Extinction, and this time, human activity is the culprit. As one scientist put it: We're the asteroid.<p>Elizabeth …

Sustainable nuclear fusion breakthrough raises hopes for ultimate green energy

US researchers have achieved a world first in an ambitious experiment that aims to recreate the conditions at the heart of the sun and pave the way for nuclear fusion reactors.<p>The scientists generated more energy from fusion reactions than they put into the nuclear fuel, in a small but crucial step …

The Cosmos, Explained: Neil deGrasse Tyson On His New Series

Tyson will pick up where Carl Sagan left off, hosting a continuation of the "Cosmos" TV series.<p>When astronomer Carl Sagan hosted the 13-part TV Series "Cosmos: A Personal Journey," in 1980, it soon become most widely watched PBS show in the world, and still holds a legendary place in the hearts of …