By Michael MyserPosted 09.04.2012 at 5:52 pm 3 Comments
About 40 percent of U.S. trade—some $1.4 trillion a year—passes through the country's 360 ports and waterways. (The rest arrives via truck, rail or plane.) And despite increased protection since 9/11, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says that these ports remain especially vulnerable to attack from small vessels carrying improvised explosive devices, including radioactive dirty bombs.
By Nadia Cheng as told to Flora LichtmanPosted 08.17.2012 at 11:00 am 4 Comments
Our 14-inch-long robotic elephant trunk has five segments, each made of a silicone membrane with an embedded metal spring that acts like an exoskeleton. The segments are filled with dry coffee grounds and each is vacuum-controlled separately. When coffee grounds are loosely packed, they’re in a liquid-like state. When they’re vacuum-packed, they transition into a solid-like state.
By Luke MitchellPosted 08.10.2012 at 1:35 pm 6 Comments
Science is how people attempt to see the world as it truly is. That’s why I’m drawing the title of this new column from the wisdom of the greatest of scientists. Since Isaac Newton first stated his Second Law of Motion, we have understood that “force” is really a product of mass and acceleration: F = ma. Move more things faster, and they will exert more force.
Pirate Parties International, the central group that unites all of the disparate political Pirate Parties in other countries, recently had a meeting wherein a particularly bonkers proposal was discussed. The problem: Where can servers that store data frequently seen as unsavory be kept? The solution: Hanging from a giant balloon in the sky?
By Emily SchwartzPosted 08.04.2010 at 3:05 pm 1 Comment
With resumes that list achievements like "built wallpaper that turns noise into energy" and "devised a nuclear-fusion reactor," these 10 inventive teens are headed to America's best colleges. After that? It's off to save the world- or maybe invent a new one.
Undead viruses! Killer foxes! Soldiers who never sleep! This is no horror movie--it's today's scientists at their most daring
By Laura Allen. Illustrations by Michael KoelschPosted 02.01.2007 at 2:00 am 3 Comments
Maybe we saw The Andromeda Strain a few too many times in our formative years, but we can´t help shivering when we hear about microbiologists reanimating long-dormant lethal viruses. And those biologists working to make human limbs grow back: Haven´t we seen that film? Don´t the guys in lab coats all die in the first reel? They may sound cinematic, but the incredible research projects on the following pages are not imaginary. They´re real, funded ventures by respected scientists. They have perfectly rational goals. They also happen to creep us out.