Sequencing the genome of salamanders
University of Kentucky biologist Randal Voss is sequencing the genome of salamanders. Though we share many of the same genes, the salamander genome is massive compared to our own, about 10 times as large.
Student's six-foot water and solar-powered lens purifies polluted water
(Phys.org) —Water may appear to be an abundant resource, but in some parts of the world clean water is hard to come by.
Looking at San Francisco through Google Glass
After you slip on Google Glass - the new computer you wear on your face - you get things rolling with the voice command, "OK, Glass." Then you tell the eyeglass-like contraption what you want it to do - take ...
Sensor in eye could track pressure changes, monitor for glaucoma
Your eye could someday house its own high-tech information center, tracking important changes and letting you know when it's time to see an eye doctor.
Herschel is key to discovery of spectacular gravitational lens
An international team of astronomers including Dutch astronomers Peter Barthel and Léon Koopmans (University of Groningen) reports the discovery of a unique case of a cosmic gravitational lens. Using several ...
Skinny lens makes cheap surveillance camera for home use
Dark alleys might not feel so dangerous someday thanks to a new ultra-thin type of lens, which could pave the way to making smaller and cheaper heat-sensing imagers. A team of French researchers has found ...
Google buys written language translation startup
Google on Friday confirmed it has bought a startup specializing in using smartphones to translate signs, billboards or other written words in real time.
Bake your own droplet lens
A droplet of clear liquid can bend light, acting as a lens. Now, by exploiting this well-known phenomenon, researchers have developed a new process to create inexpensive high quality lenses that will cost ...
Researcher's lens turns any smartphone into a portable microscope
(Phys.org) —Imagine yourself examining species of coral in Fiji. Looking at fungi and parasites in grass seeds. Following ants across the ground up close, or picking out the striations in a piece of roast ...
Modification of structural composite materials to create tailored lenses
Work in France is exploring cheap and simple modification of structural composite materials to create tailored lenses for near-field focussing of 60 GHz signals.
Device turns flat surface into spherical antenna
By depositing an array of tiny, metallic, U-shaped structures onto a dielectric material, a team of researchers in China has created a new artificial surface that can bend and focus electromagnetic waves ...
New lens design drastically improves kidney stone treatment
Duke engineers have devised a way to improve the efficiency of lithotripsy—the demolition of kidney stones using focused shock waves. After decades of research, all it took was cutting a groove near the ...
Thermal vision: Graphene light detector first to span infrared spectrum
The first room-temperature light detector that can sense the full infrared spectrum has the potential to put heat vision technology into a contact lens.
Optic lens developed for Hard X-ray Nanoprobe beamline achieves 11-nm focus
At the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), now under construction at Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Hard X-ray Nanoprobe beamline (HXN) will enable scientists to image structures at ever-smaller ...