Mary Beth Griggs
at 08:44 AM Oct 30 2014
Science // 

Forensic scientists often have to reconstruct the events leading up to and following a person's death, in case of foul play. The state of the body can reveal when the person died, how, and where the body was disposed of.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 08:44 AM Oct 30 2014
USGS/HVO
Nature // 

Compared to most natural disasters, a lava invasion does not move all that fast. Nowhere is that more evident than the small Hawaiian community of Pahoa, where a lava flow has been approaching the town since June 27. Now, the lava has finally arrived on the outskirts of town, overrunning private property. In the picture above, the lava behind the fence is chest-high. Geologists are keeping a close eye on the progress of the flow, which currently seems to be headed straight for Pahoa Village Road, one of the village's main streets, and beyond that, for Highway 130, a traffic artery travelled by 10,000 cars a day. It's already crossed over one road, Cemetery Road, and a cemetery (presumably the road's namesake). 

Francie Diep
at 08:44 AM Oct 30 2014
CDC/ Dr. Fred Murphy; Sylvia Whitfield

After U.S. government researchers discovered six forgotten vials of smallpox in a freezer this past June, the plan was to destroy the vials. That's still the plan… but the demolition date has been pushed back, Nature News reports.

Francie Diep
at 10:18 AM Oct 29 2014
Alison Seiffer
Energy // 

Hanging out in the kitchen? Chances are, you—and your smartphone—are within five metres of the refrigerator. Right now, two companies are planning for a future in which that means you could get the charge on your phone topped off.

Francie Diep
at 10:18 AM Oct 29 2014
Image provided by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Landsat Team using data courtesy the Australian ground receiving station teams
Nature // 

The Commonwealth has been working on a plan for taking care of the Great Barrier Reef over the next four decades—but scientists say it's inadequate. The Australian Academy of Science released today an 11-page critique of the government's latest draft of its Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:18 AM Oct 29 2014
Glen via Flickr

Physics says that if two particles are entangled on a quantum level, they are permanently linked -- a change in one particle will instantaneously affect the other one, no matter the distance between them. That’s something that could be fantastic for quickly transporting information across vast distances … but only if we can figure out how to use it.

Francie Diep
at 10:18 AM Oct 29 2014
NASA, ESA, and A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center)
Space // 

When the Hubble Telescope snapped this true-color image in April, NASA scientists found Jupiter staring right back at them. That black dot is Ganymede's shadow, crossing Jupiter's Great Red Spot, creating an eerily blank-looking eye. It is almost certainly the eye of a large and eternally amused monster (after all, Jupiter was, among other things, the "bringer of jollity").

Alissa Zhu
at 10:18 AM Oct 29 2014
Juan Aragones, Josh Steimel, and Alfredo Alexander-Katz

In the 90s kids show The Magic School Bus, eccentric teacher Ms. Frizzle took her class for a wild ride in a sick student’s immune system -- only to be attacked by white blood cells. White blood cells tracked the bus using the same chemical traces they follow to find infected sites or navigate their way to viruses. If microscopic robots could replicate this complex navigation system, which is shared by many different cells and bacteria, doctors could use them to provide real-time updates on internal structures or distribute drugs to specific targets within a body.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:18 AM Oct 29 2014
Centre for Process Innovation

There may be no such thing as a window seat on the airliners of the future. A concept released by the U.K.’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) envisions airliners with thinner walls, made by doing away with cabin windows altogether. In their place, CPI sees OLED screens lining entire interior walls, which would show passengers the sky around them.

Rafi Letzter
at 10:18 AM Oct 29 2014
Rick Guidice/NASA Ames Research Center via Wikimedia Commons

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar imagines a human journey to planets beyond our star. But that kind of trip would seem impossible in today's terms. Fortunately, a DARPA-funded task force is already working to make it happen in the next century.

Francie Diep
at 10:05 AM Oct 28 2014
Photos of both the bromine and hydrogen samples were taken by Heinrich Pniok (www.pse.mendelejew.de), CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Science // 

Fresh evidence suggests there exists a type of chemical bond that nobody has ever seen before, Chemistry World reports

Sarah Fecht
at 10:05 AM Oct 28 2014
Ambition

We’ve been telling you all along that the Rosetta mission is incredible—the spacecraft has traveled for 10 years and some 250 million miles, and on November 12, it’ll become the first spacecraft ever to land on a comet. Now it appears that Aidan Gillen, the guy who plays ‘Littlefinger’ on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is also getting behind the mission. In a sci-fi short named Ambition, Gillen's character explains why Rosetta is awesome.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 10:05 AM Oct 28 2014
RTS Labs
Drones // 

In the not too distant future, swimmers in distress may look up to the sky for help and find, not a lifeguard, but a drone, delivering a life preserver in their moment of need. Designed by Amin Rigi and RTS Labs in Iran, the Pars drone is a robotic lifesaver. First demonstrated in 2013, Rigi is launching an RTS Labs offshoot, RTS London, to mass produce the drones.

Loren Grush
at 10:05 AM Oct 28 2014
Lindsey G via Flickr
Science // 

It’s called the sweet spot. That perfect place on your dog’s belly or sides that, when scratched, causes your pet’s foot to go into crazy automatic kicking mode. Every dog owner knows where to find this magical region on his or her canine, as it usually offers up unmitigated joy.

Francie Diep
at 10:05 AM Oct 28 2014
Other Machine Co.
Make // 

You can think of an Othermill as the opposite of a 3D printer. Instead of building up objects from raw materials, Othermills create objects by cutting away a larger block of material into something smaller. They're like tiny robotic sculptors, similar to the artists who chisel away at a big block of marble until it becomes a work of art.

 
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