The World's First Fully Robotic Telescope Is Hunting for New Earths

Tracking down Earth-like exoplanets with a terrestrial telescope is no easy feat because our planet's atmosphere makes distant solar systems even harder to see. Adaptive optic technology can help make things go a little faster, but it does so at a snail's pace—requiring up to 10 minutes per target. The fully… » 8/12/14 12:18pm 8/12/14 12:18pm

This Telescope Shoots Lasers to Unlock the Mysteries of the Cosmos

Ground-based telescopes have long struggled to achieve the image clarity and resolution of their orbiting cousins due in large part to atmospheric distortions. That's why we build observatories on mountain tops: to minimize the amount of atmosphere between the telescope and incoming starlight. But with the help of a… » 7/04/13 11:00am 7/04/13 11:00am

Sound Wave-Driven Liquid Lenses Good For Lightweight Future Phones, UAVs

Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have come up with this freaky adaptive liquid-lens that can capture 250 in-focus images per second. It's essentially droplets of water in a pair, trapped in chamber and driven by a high-frequency sound wave to oscillate.As the drops wiggle back and forth, surface tension… » 9/23/08 6:12am 9/23/08 6:12am