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  • Screentime

    An app to track firefly flashings

    A firefly flashing at dusk is an iconic sign of summer. Now you can enjoy these light shows and contribute to science at the same time with a firefly tracking app.

    There are around 2,000 species of these luminescent beetles, which light up the twilight with yellow, greenish or amber light. Scientists at Clemson University in South Carolina are concerned that firefly populations might be...

    07/26/2014 - 09:22 Science & Society, Animals
  • Feature

    The Digital Camera Revolution

    Take a grainy, blurred image of a formless face or an illegible license plate, and with a few keystrokes the picture sharpens and the killer is caught — if you’re a crime-scene tech on TV. From Harrison Ford in Blade Runner to CSI, Criminal Minds and NCIS, the zoom-and-enhance maneuver has become such a staple of Hollywood dramas that it’s mocked with video montages on YouTube.

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    01/13/2012 - 06:54
  • News

    The people’s pulsar

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    Devil schmevil. Idle computers are doing scientists’ work, helping researchers make all kinds of advances in fields from epidemiology to nanoscience to mathematics. Now home computers crunching away in Iowa and Germany have helped astronomers discover a neutron star known as a pulsar, a research team reports online August 12 in Science.

    The discovery is another...

    08/12/2010 - 15:39 Technology, Atom & Cosmos, Humans & Society
  • News

    Spacecraft takes express tour of Martian moon

    The sharpest images yet taken by the Mars Express spacecraft of Mars’ tiny moon Phobos reveal features as small as 4.4 meters across, the European Space Agency announced March 15.

    Some of the new images taken March 7 during one of several recent close flybys of the moon home in on the proposed landing site for a Russian mission, Phobos-Grunt (meaning Phobos soil), that...

    03/15/2010 - 18:04 Atom & Cosmos
  • News

    New view of iconic moon walk

    To view video footage of the newly restored moon walk, click here.

    WASHINGTON — At a press conference July 16, the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch, NASA previewed digitally restored snippets of the first video beamed from the moon’s surface to Earth. These vignettes, including astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first steps onto lunar soil, are part of a three-month, $230,000...

    07/16/2009 - 17:57 Humans & Society
  • Math Trek

    Unknotting knot theory

    Sometimes, a simple, even childish question turns out to be connected to the deepest secrets of the universe. Here’s one: How many different ways can you tie your shoelaces?Mathematicians have been puzzling over that question for a century or two, and the main thing they’ve discovered is that the question is really, really hard. In the last decade, though, they’ve developed some powerful new...

    10/31/2008 - 16:19 Numbers
  • Science Surfing

    Quark Colors

    The Jefferson Lab (Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility) in Newport News, Va., offers a six-page coloring book devoted to particle physics and quarks. Use a flash plug-in or download a copy to color the pages and learn about the fundamental particles of matter.

    Go to: http://education.jlab.org/coloringbook/index.html

    03/08/2006 - 13:41
  • Feature

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    12/20/2005 - 03:53 Humans & Society
  • Feature

    Comeback Bird

    During the last week of April, an e-mail zinging through the bird-watcher community spilled the beans on one of the biggest and best-kept secrets in ornithology. It proclaimed that North America's famed ivory-billed woodpecker was not extinct after all, but Terry Rich of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wasn't excited. He had heard that story too many times before. Since the last widely...

    06/06/2005 - 09:54 Animals
  • News

    A new test for Alzheimer's risk?

    Failures in visual short-term memory of objects, what scientists call "iconic memory," could reveal people at risk of Alzheimer's disease, a new study finds. Iconic memory is the image that lingers in the mind's eye after a person sees something briefly.

    To find out whether iconic memories are lost more readily in people with mild cognitive impairments—which include slightly diminished...

    02/01/2005 - 10:11 Other