Creating light is something that's usually done with a light switch, right? But what if you didn't have a light switch? A team of Swedish physicists were presented with such a conundrum, so they've gone and convinced a bunch of photons to spontaneously create themselves out of nothingness.
Bill Nye. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Pamela Gay. Lawrence Krauss. Phil Plait. If you're not totally geeking out right now, I don't know what the heck is wrong with you. These luminaries all got together at TAM11 in July to talk about Our Future in Space, and the video is worth watching if you like science. SCIENCE!
The Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature study has just released a summary of a recently completed global land warming analysis showing "reliable evidence of a rise in average world land temperature by approximately one degree Celsius since the mid-1950s." Yeah, we've heard that before, but this is one study that even skeptics may have to believe.
Researchers in South Korea may have found a way to design "smart windows" that could work wonders in making the average home far more efficient. In the usual spirit of a breakthrough, their approach takes something that wasn't feasible yesterday and promises to be stable and inexpensive tomorrow.
We always knew gamers had serious smarts, but now the rest of the world knows it, too. Gamers have been listed alongside scientists as responsible for cracking the code of how an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus is put together.
Have you watched the news lately? It's all war, calamity, and recession out there. Yes, things are rather bleak at this particular point in history. If only there was some way we could travel back to the past so as to avoid all these messes — or failing that, just cut our losses and jump forward to a future time when our descendents will have fixed everything with all their space ray guns and future doohickey whatnots. If only. Well, as it turns out, lots of people are actively working towards the dream of expanding the one-way street of time into a multi-lane superhighway! Of course, many of these time pioneers are completely whackadoodle. But within the temporal engineering profession, you can also find accomplished researchers pursuing serious, science-based approaches to time travel. Yesterday, we looked at various time travel theories inspired by science fiction. Here, we highlight three of these proposed methods of temporal manipulation that aren't only attracting serious consideration, but might be available sooner than you think.
When Chinese scientists recently declared that time travel is impossible, it really got my flux capacitor in a twist. Call me old fashioned, but I believe that all of our science fiction dreams can come true one day, from sonic screwdrivers to warp drives. After reading the article, we at DVICE — and many of you, no doubt — concluded that the test results do not eliminate all of the methods for time travel that science fiction has given us. With respect to those scientists, and in support of the farsightedness of people such as H.G. Wells and his book, The Time Machine, we present you five time travel methods that the Chinese experiment does not de-bunk.
Here's the plan: pick a cloud. Shoot a laser at it. Make it rain. Sound crazy? Maybe, but a group of scientists have some concrete evidence that it could be possible. Good thing, too, as lasers are a lot more environmentally friendly than the other methods being tried.
According to mad scientist Harshad "Mr. Fusion" Velankar*, we throw out a whopping 323 million tons of cellulosic materials that could be turned into usable car fuel. Well, after digging through some animal dung, he and his fellows think we could turn that junk into gas, without having to modify today's vehicles.
This here machine is the MBE, named after the process it uses to assemble everything from LEDs to laser components. With it, engineers in the U.K. are trying to figure out how we can build everyday gadgets and high-end electronics more efficiently, and better to boot.