Tuesday, November 22, 2016

PM signals £2bn a year science funding increase

Prime Minister Theresa May announces an additional £2bn a year by 2020 for UK research and innovation.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

India and Nepal concern over Tibet flood advice gap

India and Nepal are concerned about flash floods due to a lack of information from China about the state of glacial lakes and rivers in Tibet.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Research head urges UK to seize Brexit opportunity

The man who has taken charge of UK research funding says Brexit presents scientists with an opportunity.

Monday, August 1, 2016

'Lack of water' killed last woolly mammoths

One of the last known populations of woolly mammoths became extinct because of a lack of drinking water, a study concludes.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

More gravitational waves detected

Scientists announce the detection at Earth of another burst of gravitational waves coming from a black hole merger.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Early 1900s color photos look like literal dreams



"The Japanese parasol."

Image: John Cimon Warburg/SSPL/Getty Images

Born into a wealthy family, John Cimon Warburg's chronic asthma made it difficult for him to work a full-time job. Instead, he chose to devote his time and money entirely to the study and practice of photography.

He was particularly interested in working with Autochrome, one of the earliest color photography processes

Patented by the Lumière brothers in 1903, Autochrome produced a color transparency using a layer of potato starch grains dyed red, green and blue, along with a complex development process.

Autochromes required longer exposure times than traditional black-and-white photos, resulting in images with a hazy, blurred atmosphere filled with pointillist dots of color. Read more...

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

The rise and fall of the hoverboard


About a month after U.S. officials declared hoverboards unsafe, Martha Stewart - long the undisputed queen of American domestic excellence - is delighting as she rides one barefoot through a posh hallway on her way to a celebrity dinner. 

The sight is so familiar now that it's almost cliché: a celebrity on a hoverboard, gushing childlike exuberance, as her entourage looks on and waits for the inevitable social media post. 

But no matter what you think of Stewart or her (lack of) skill in piloting a "self-balancing electric scooter" (the semi-official name for hoverboards), the scene sends a clear message: Hoverboards are officially over.  Read more...

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Friday, April 8, 2016

SpaceX rocket launches inflatable room

The first inflatable habitat for astronauts is launched to the International Space Station, and the reusable stage of the SpaceX rocket lands safety on a sea platform.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Satellites dissect Nepal quake

Space data is used to draw the deep anatomy of last year's devastating quake in Nepal, detailing how the rocks under the country ruptured and providing new insights on how the Himalayas are built.