A new optical device made of silicon “nanopillars” could lead to advanced microscopes, displays, sensors, and cameras that can be mass-produced using the same techniques...
Oliver Sacks, Who Opened Our Minds About Our Brains, Dies at 82
Neurologist Oliver Sacks—who found the deaf could “hear,” the blind could “see,” the catatonic could dance, and the mute could sing—died of cancer on Sunday... Read more
Egyptian Blue Hides in These Mummy Portraits
Dusting off 15 Roman-era Egyptian mummy portraits—mostly untouched for 100 years—has revealed a 2,000-year-old surprise. Researchers discovered that the ancient artists used the pigment Egyptian blue... Read more
Overthinking Could Be Driving Creativity in People With Neurotic Disorders
People who suffer from neuroticism – a condition characterised by anxiety, fear and negative thoughts – are extremely tuned in to looking for threats. For... Read more
With Silicon Pushed to Its Limits, What Will Power the Next Electronics Revolution?
The semiconducting silicon chip launched the revolution of electronics and computerisation that has made life in the opening years of the 21st century scarcely recognisable... Read more
Solved: The Mystery of Why It’s Impossible to Pull Apart Interleaved Phone Books
People, trucks and even military tanks have tried and failed the task of pulling apart two phone books lying face up with their pages interleaved,... Read more
Study Can’t Confirm Results of Many Psychology Experiments
NEW YORK—A large group of researchers set out to repeat 100 experiments published by leading psychology journals to see how often they would get the... Read more
Why a Shocking Noise Sticks in Our Mind
Sudden, traumatizing sounds can form lasting memories in the brain’s “flight or fight” region. Researchers were able to heighten and improve hearing in rats by... Read more
Add 1 Atomic Layer to Get Magnetism
Researchers have uncovered a new twist in magnetism at the nanoscale. The team at the National University of Singapore made the discovery while growing atomic... Read more
Airshows Are Risky – That’s Why We Like Them – but They Also Have a Strong Safety Record
Whether aircraft are used for travel or for aerobatic displays, it will never be possible to aviate entirely without risk. Airshows are manifestations of our... Read more
Old Friend or Look-Alike? How Your Brain Knows
You see a guy at the grocery store—is he a college classmate or just a look-alike? One tiny spot in the brain holds the answer... Read more
Electric Aircraft – the Future of Aviation or Just Wishful Thinking?
Since the dawn of aviation, planes have primarily been powered by carbon-based fuels such as gasoline or kerosene. These contain a lot of energy for... Read more
Can Droplets That ‘Dance’ Purify Water?
We’ve all seen dew droplets form on spider webs. But what if they flung themselves off the strands instead? As long as the strands are... Read more
Liquid Solar Technology Company CEO Announces Commercialization Plan
Solar Window Technologies, Inc. CEO and president John Conklin made a forward looking statement August 20 in a webcast announcing the company’s plans to commercialize... Read more
How Our Brain Hides (and Gets Back) Scary Memories
Some stressful experiences—such as childhood abuse—are so overwhelming and traumatic that the memories hide in the brain. Those hidden memories may protect us from the... Read more
Blind Children Rely on ‘Visual Brain’ to Learn Language
By early childhood, the sight regions of a blind person’s brain respond to sound, especially spoken language, new research shows. The results, which appear this... Read more
How Quantum Physics Is Opening New Frontiers for Data Safety
Data security, which is aimed at ensuring secure Internet communications, must keep pace with the hacking capability of eavesdroppers. Data and communications will become more... Read more