If you fancy trying your hand at radio astronomy, why not convert an old satellite dish.
The “Chinese Quantum Science Satellite” will launch in 2016 and aim to make China the first space-faring nation with quantum communication capability
Electrodialysis has the potential to desalinate seawater quickly and cheaply but does not remove other contaminants such as dirt and bacteria. Now chemical engineers have worked out how to do that too.
Researchers are assessing the potential of an entirely new way to make exotic materials based on microfluidic self-assembly.
Social robots are simpler to interact with than humans, can repeat games with infinite patience and record the data for further study. That’s changing the way autistic children learn new skills, say therapists.
Particles of dark matter should trigger nanoexplosions in certain materials, an idea that could lead to an entirely new generation of detectors, say physicists.
The mobile computers killing the PC will themselves be replaced as computing becomes embedded into the world around us.
If they’re out there, other advanced civilisations should be emitting waste energy like hot exhaust. And that provides a good way to spot them, argue SETI experts.
There are now many general-purpose consumer LED bulbs that give off good light. With so many, how can you tell the difference?