'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across range of angles
Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways—some simple and some involving new technologies—to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed ...
GOCE reveals gravity dip from ice loss (w/ Video)
Although not designed to map changes in Earth's gravity over time, ESA's extraordinary satellite has shown that the ice lost from West Antarctica over the last few years has left its signature.
ESA's Rosetta mission sets November 12th as the landing date for Philae
ESA Rosetta mission planners have selected November 12th, one day later than initially planned, for the historic landing of Philae on a comet's surface. The landing on 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko will be especially ...
Fluttering flags to harvest power looks promising to researchers
Harvesting hydrogen fuel from the Sun using Earth-abundant materials
The race is on to optimize solar energy's performance. More efficient silicon photovoltaic panels, dye-sensitized solar cells, concentrated cells and thermodynamic solar plants all pursue the same goal: to ...
Irish teens' idea of using bacteria to improve crop yields wins Google Science Fair prize
How genes trace life on Earth
A complete tree of life – showing how and when organisms are related to each other – has long been desired by biologists, but obscured by the vagaries of the fossil record. ...
A giant among Earth satellites
The International Space Station has been called a stepping stone to other worlds.
Video: Watch the Milky Way spin above the space station
Have you ever sat outside on a starry night and just watched the stars move slowly above you? Here's a video that shows what it is like to sit back on a spaceship and gaze at the ever-changing sky above.
Home Depot hack shows online card fraud still as easy as shooting fish in a barrel
Imagine if UK banks decided to send out new credit cards to all their customers, but they were all "lost in the post" and the details ended up for sale on some dubious website. The recently discovered hack at huge US firm Home Depot was of that sort of scale – at least 56m credit and debit card deta ...
Fishermen clean ocean of lost crabbing gear
California's rugged North Coast lays claim to one of the state's most valuable commercial fisheries: Dungeness crab. Millions of pounds of this meaty delicacy are pulled in each year from Morro Bay to the ...
Robot lab's snake, copter combo rethinks search and rescue (w/ Video)
Robotic swimmer with supple silicone web mimics octopus
Chemical sensors built at MBARI to provide unprecedented view of Southern Ocean
Ocean researchers are on the verge of gaining new insights about the changing Southern Ocean with help from sensors developed by a research team at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). These ...