Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet

Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet

Both visible light and radio waves are types of electromagnetic wave.Although radio and visible light are both electromagnetic waves, there is one thing that is very different—the way that they interact with matter.

Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics

Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics

To theorists puzzling over the physical meaning of renormalization, QED hinted that the electron had two charges: a theoretical charge, which was infinite, and the measured charge, which was not.

Hulu’s New Comedy Woke Is Perfectly Absurd

Hulu’s New Comedy Woke Is Perfectly Absurd

Keef Knight, the protagonist of Hulu’s surreal new social justice comedy Woke, talks to his markers.Prior to the police brutality, Knight—played by Lamorne Morris, finally getting his own sitcom after many years of carrying New Girl on his back—was broke, complacent, and liked to “keep it light.” His roommates are a goofy, ultimately loveable but also unsettling send-up of San Francisco: Clovis (T.

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

A California Wildfire Nearly Destroyed the Historic Lick Observatory

That was 130 years ago—now the observatory is plopped right above one of the most densely populated areas of the US!” How could Lick compete with the likes of the Hubble Space Telescope , which orbits far above both light pollution and smog?

The Iconic Arecibo Telescope Goes Quiet After Major Damage

The Iconic Arecibo Telescope Goes Quiet After Major Damage

“We were extremely saddened by the news out of Arecibo,” says Andrew Siemion, the director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center.Earlier this year, the [email protected] project stopped pulling in new data from Arecibo and other radio telescopes so its researchers could focus on analyzing the data already collected.

Children Stream on Twitch—Where Potential Predators Find Them

Children Stream on Twitch—Where Potential Predators Find Them

Over the past few days, a half-dozen viewings of Twitch’s recently started live channels in the Just Chatting section have all turned up at least one apparent child within the top five or 10 entries.

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

A Helicopter Ride Over Mars? NASA's About to Give It a Shot

“I see it as kind of a Wright brothers moment on another planet,” says Bob Balaram, the chief engineer for the Mars helicopter project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Stuck at Home, Scientists Discover 9 New Insect Species

Stuck at Home, Scientists Discover 9 New Insect Species

The BioSCAN project started when Brown bet a museum trustee that he could find a new species of insect in her backyard in West LA.In its first three years, Brown and the backyard collector discovered 30 new species of insects and published their results.

Astronomers Track a Fast Radio Burst to Its Source—a Magnetar

Astronomers Track a Fast Radio Burst to Its Source—a Magnetar

Unlike CHIME, which looks at small chunks of the sky at any given time, Caltech’s Survey for Transient Astronomical Radio Emission 2 (STARE2) telescope observes the entire sky at once, which allowed the Caltech team to quickly confirm that the burst was extremely powerful.

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

They say it allows anyone with a laptop and less than a thousand dollars of equipment—just a telescope and a $400 electro-optical sensor—to listen in on any sounds in a room that's hundreds of feet away in real-time, simply by observing the minuscule vibrations those sounds create on the glass surface of a light bulb inside.

The Literature of Plagues Gives Us Words to Live By

The Literature of Plagues Gives Us Words to Live By

Plagues don't come explicitly for one tribe or another; they don't smite a population because it's gone astray; they're neither divine punishment nor a sign of the Rapture.

The National Emergency Library and Its Discontents

The National Emergency Library and Its Discontents

More recently, there has been litigation in federal courts touching on an issue raised by the Archive’s actions: whether an owner of a digital copy of a creative work can re-sell it without permission, the way one sells used books or records.

NASA Wants to Photograph the Surface of an Exoplanet

NASA Wants to Photograph the Surface of an Exoplanet

Turyshev’s plan would take advantage of this effect by sending a telescope on a 60 billion-mile journey to the sun’s focal region to photograph a habitable, Earth-like exoplanet that is up to 100 light years away.

Dangerzone Lets You Open Email Attachments Safely

Dangerzone Lets You Open Email Attachments Safely

Dangerzone also uses the optical character recognition software Tesseract to convert letters and numbers in the PDF back to machine-readable text, letting you copy text from and search the file.

How a Space Engineer Made Her Own Rotary Cell Phone

How a Space Engineer Made Her Own Rotary Cell Phone

Haupt, who works as an astronomy instrumentation engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, detailed how she took the rotary mechanism from an old Trimline telephone, paired it with a microcontroller and an Adafruit Fona 3G cell transceiver, put it all into a 3D-printed casing, and built something that could replace her daily flip phone.

Uber in Vancouver, a Vehicle Ban in SF, and Other Car News

Uber in Vancouver, a Vehicle Ban in SF, and Other Car News

And yet: Lots of folk still think advancements like ride-hail and autonomous vehicles might be a balm to terrible traffic, and that tech innovation plus regulation could lead to fewer emissions and less time sitting behind the wheel.

Space Photos of the Week: There's Nothing Like the Sun

Space Photos of the Week: There's Nothing Like the Sun

Photograph: NSO/NSF/AURANASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured this photo in 2015, when a long strand of plasma shaped like the Eiffel Tower shot out from the sun.

The UK Exited the EU—and Is Leaving a 'Meme Ban' Behind

The UK Exited the EU—and Is Leaving a 'Meme Ban' Behind

“Any future changes to the UK copyright framework will be considered as part of the usual domestic policy process.”.“Any future changes to the UK copyright framework will be considered as part of the domestic policy process.”.

Success Kid's Mom Won't Stand for Steve King's 'Meme' Ad

Success Kid's Mom Won't Stand for Steve King's 'Meme' Ad

The real legal questions are two: Did he violate the Griners’ right of publicity, and can King prove that his campaign’s version of the meme is a fair use of Griner’s copyrighted material?

Space Photos of the Week: An Ode to Infrared

Space Photos of the Week: An Ode to Infrared

In the last sixteen years Spitzer has revealed the universe to us, including helping scientists understand how galaxies form by revealing cold and impossible to see clumps of gas.Photograph: NASA/JPL-CaltechThis image of M82, also known as the cigar galaxy, is 12 million light years away.

Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

Space Photos of the Week: Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse!

The star on the right shoulder of the Orion constellation is a red supergiant called Betelgeuse.Photograph: ESOThis image, taken by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, shows how huge and lopsided Betelgeuse really is.

At Last, Physicists Confirm the Fastest Way to Board a Plane

At Last, Physicists Confirm the Fastest Way to Board a Plane

It's counter-intuitive, but it turns out that letting slower passengers board first actually results in a more efficient process and less time before takeoff, according to a new paper in Physical Review E.

The Disturbing Case of the Disappearing Sci-Fi Story

The Disturbing Case of the Disappearing Sci-Fi Story

At the beginning of this year, the science fiction and fantasy magazine Clarkesworld published a short story called “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter” by Isabel Fall.

Twitch Has Become a Haven for Live Sports Piracy

Twitch Has Become a Haven for Live Sports Piracy

As Liverpool soccer player Roberto Firmino clutched out the only goal of the club's December 21 FIFA Club World Cup match before a live audience of over 45,000, at least twice as many fans were tuned in somewhere better suited to FIFA 20, the video game: the streaming platform Twitch.

Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism

Meet Xenobot, an Eerie New Kind of Programmable Organism

They hope that this new kind of organism—contracting cells and passive cells stuck together—and its eerily advanced behavior can help scientists unlock the mysteries of cellular communication.

Space Photos of the Week: Swooning for the Swan Nebula

Space Photos of the Week: Swooning for the Swan Nebula

Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Penn State/DSSThis infrared view from NASA’s Spitzer telescope reveals even more texture and activity in this busy region.Photograph: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of WisconsinIn this image from the Hubble Space Telescope, the center of the Swan Nebula appears shrouded in a cloud of hydrogen gas.

The Largest Scientific Structure Ever Powers Up in Africa

The Largest Scientific Structure Ever Powers Up in Africa

This dish antenna rises seven stories above an ancient seabed in the Karoo, a remote semidesert in South Africa.Combined, they'll form a single observatory called the Square Kilometre Array, the largest scientific structure on the planet, to gather 10.8 million square feet of radio waves.

Space Photos of the Week: Eyes in the Sky

Space Photos of the Week: Eyes in the Sky

The photo was taken with NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer—a telescope with a very wide lens that looks at the universe in infrared light.

‘Blooming heck’ - Microalgae feature in latest biodiversity memoir

‘Blooming heck’ - Microalgae feature in latest biodiversity memoir

A group of microscopic algae that form vast aquamarine blooms off the east coast is the subject of NIWA’s latest Biodiversity Memoir.Measuring as small as three microns (0.003 mm), powerful scanning electron microscopes are needed to look at the algae in detail.

Kitty Hawk’s New Flying Car Promises a (Near) Silent Flight

Kitty Hawk’s New Flying Car Promises a (Near) Silent Flight

Based on the altitude and flight characteristics demonstrated in a short video, Kitty Hawk appears to be relatively far along with the aircraft, compared with other electric vertical-lift aircraft (aka flying car ) efforts, many of which have showed concepts and prototypes but haven’t flown much.