Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists Spot an Undersea Fault Using Fiber-Optic Cables

Working from a beachside shack on California's Monterey Bay , Nate Lindsey fired a stream of infrared laser pulses down a long fiber-optic cable extending onto the ocean floor.

How to Make a 'Roomerang': A Boomerang You Can Throw Indoors

How to Make a 'Roomerang': A Boomerang You Can Throw Indoors

Competitive boomeranger Logan Broadbent, a former world trick shot champion and American Ninja Warrior star, says weather conditions are a critical factor in his sport.

Portland Is Again Blazing Trails for Open Internet Access

Portland Is Again Blazing Trails for Open Internet Access

Portland is taking seriously the idea of a publicly overseen dark-fiber network over which private providers could compete to offer cheap, ubiquitous internet access.

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable

How Google Is Cramming More Data Into Its New Atlantic Cable

Fiber optic cable being loaded onto a ship owned by SubCom, which is working with Google to build what's expected to be the world's fastest undersea data connection.

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market—and the US Has No Plan

China Will Likely Corner the 5G Market—and the US Has No Plan

What’s new about China's massive deployment of fiber, both in its own territory and in its global market along its planned Belt and Road, is that China is likely to permit only 5G equipment made by Huawei and a handful of other Chinese companies to connect to that fiber.

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

The Need for Carbon Fiber Could Ground the Flying Car Future

(Conventional carbon fiber manufacturing requires pieces to be shaped and then baked in an oven to set, a longer and more labor-intensive process.) Fixes If Icon is a cautionary tale, another new airplane manufacturer could prove to be an inspiration for the eVTOL.

How Corning Makes Super-Pure Glass for Fiber-Optic Cable

How Corning Makes Super-Pure Glass for Fiber-Optic Cable

The remarkable thing about the hair-thin strands of optical fiber that Corning and other companies sell today is that any single strand of glass can carry many different beams of light at the same time, each beam wobbling at its own frequency and using its own method of encoding information.

As Virgin Galactic Reaches Space, Pilots Become Astronauts

As Virgin Galactic Reaches Space, Pilots Become Astronauts

This morning, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic rocketed two test pilots beyond Earth's boundaries and brought them back safely, in a giant leap toward finally making commercial space tourism a reality.The mission was Virgin Galactic’s fourth powered test flight of VSS Unity, the craft it expects to use to haul wealthy sightseers into space.