On July 2, 1900, the first Zeppelin flew for 20 minutes in southern Germany. The LZ 1, or...
NASA may have just discovered the future of air transportation in a Shark Tank-style pitch...
Of all the parts of the nation's infrastructure that one might want least to fail, nuclear power plants might rank the highest. U.S. nuclear power plants are on average more than 30-years-old. Now, researchers have suggested they could noninvasively scan infrastructure for weak points with the aid of subatomic particles streaking down from the sky.
The U.S. Air Force is working on a vehicle that travels five times the speed of sound, according to multiple reports. The hypersonic vehicle, traveling up to Mach 5, is expected to be completed by 2023.
Fast-growing Dubai, where something new is always being added to the skyline, may have found a way to make construction move even faster. Today, the Gulf commercial hub announced plans to add the world's first office building made using three-dimensional printer technology to its collection of eye-catching buildings.
A new study has improved our understanding of a spectacular phenomena, called sprites, which are fireworks-like electrical discharges, sometimes preceded by halos of light, in earth's upper atmosphere. It has been long thought that atmospheric gravity waves play an important role in the initiation of sprites but no previous studies provided convincing arguments to support that idea.
Scientists have described how glasses form at the molecular level and provided a possible solution to a problem that has stumped scientists for decades.
Strictly speaking, a day lasts 86,400 seconds. However, the day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or "leap" second, will be added.
The Periodic Table may not sound like a list of ingredients but, for a group of materials scientists, it’s the starting point for designing the perfect chemical make-up of tomorrow’s jet engines.
Concrete is like a living body, in that it can self-heal its own small wounds— cracks— as an intrinsic characteristic. However, cracks do not heal easily in conventional concrete because of its rather brittle nature, which calls into question the effectiveness of self-healing in conventional concrete materials with no control over crack formation.
A third solar storm flared up Thursday, and power-grid operators are again bracing themselves for a potentially damaging geomagnetic storm. The moderate storm conditions are expected to arrive on Earth Saturday and continue until Sunday.
Using a telepresence system, 19 people– including nine quadriplegics– were able to remotely control a robot located in a university laboratory. This multi-year research project aims to give a measure of independence to paralyzed people.
The concept of a hoverboard– a floating skateboard that never touches the ground– transfixed a generation when it appeared in the film Back to the Future II in 1989. Luxury car manufacturer Lexus said they’re working on one.
Every time you’ve seen a plane take off or land at a hub airport, you’ve seen the world growing more connected. Researchers have designed a new model that determines the degree to which regions around the world are connected via air transportation.
After a year in orbit, the three Swarm satellites have provided a first glimpse inside Earth and started to shed new light on the dynamics of the upper atmosphere– all the way from the ionosphere about 100 km above, through to the outer reaches of our protective magnetic shield.
Researchers have presented a new power converter chip that can harvest more than 80 percent of the energy trickling into it, even at the extremely low power levels characteristic of tiny solar cells. Previous ultralow-power converters that used the same approach had efficiencies of only 40 or 50 percent.
Technology has taken its cues from nature in the past. Now, an innovation could come from mimicking a shrimp’s hammer-like appendage, called the “dactyl club.” The club is particularly good at absorbing incredible force– and could be employed in high-impact materials.
There is no doubt that developments in android technology mean that robots now look more lifelike than ever. It is even possible to imagine mistaking a robot for a human, at least at first glance. However, encountering near-human agents may not always be a comfortable experience.
An investigation into how owls fly and hunt in silence has enabled researchers to develop a coating for wind turbine blades that could significantly reduce the amount of noise they make. Tests of the material, which mimics the intricate structure of an owl's wing, have shown that it could significantly reduce the amount of noise produced by wind turbines and other types of fan blades, such as those in computers or planes.
The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central U.S., a massive new study found. An unprecedented recent jump in quakes in America's heartland can be traced to the stepped up rate that drilling wastewater is injected deep below the surface.
The voice can be affected by a range of disorders, ranging from Parkinson's disease and strokes to spasmodic dysphonia, a condition in which the muscles of the vocal cords move abnormally. A phonetics expert has developed software that can analyze a brief phone questionnaire, searching for the characteristic signs of a range of conditions.
The world becomes a fuzzy, surreal place at its smallest levels, according to quantum physics. It has long been a mystery why strange quantum behavior is not seen at larger scales in everyday life. Now, researchers have found that the way Earth warps time could help explain this division.
On June 18, 2001, the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solved a mystery that had confused astrophysicists for 30 years. All experiments, prior to SNO’s work, detected less than half the number of solar neutrinos predicted by models of the Sun. So, where did they go? They were there all along.
Researchers have shown it is possible to create artificial skin that can be transformed at the flick of a switch to mimic one of nature’s masters of camouflage, the squid. The team has designed a smart materials system, inspired by biological chromatophores, which creates patterns that change and morph over time and mimic biological patterning.
Finally, someone of high importance has said what I’ve been writing for a long time: artificial intelligence (AI) will not be the death of society. There will be no “rise of the robots.” They will not revolt and use their intelligence against us. Instead, they will use their learning skills to help solve challenges like food shortages, global warming, access to clean water and even stock market rises.
The editors of Laboratory Equipment want you to start your week with a smile on your face. So, here’s a science joke you might like. Q: What did the nuclear physicist have for dinner?
How light of different colors is absorbed by carbon dioxide (CO2) can now be accurately predicted using new calculations. This will help climate scientists studying Earth's greenhouse gas emissions to better interpret data collected from satellites and ground stations measuring CO2.
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