Our Electronics Are Messing Up How Birds Navigate

The air is thick with electromagnetic noise these days. AM radio waves, the electromagnetic hum of computers—it's invisible to us, but birds seem to detect them with their internal magnetic compass. A new study finds that electromagnetic noise disorients European robins, raising the intriguing and frightening… » 5/08/14 12:40pm 5/08/14 12:40pm

Nanoscale Microwave Transmitters Will Transform Your Phone

To pump out all the radio-frequency signals that let you make phone calls and consume the internet wirelessly, your phone uses small chunks of silicon to create microwaves. Science had pushed the little things as far as they could—but now a nanoscale version promises to make your phone smaller, cheaper and… » 6/27/12 2:40pm 6/27/12 2:40pm

Magnetic Floating Picture Frame Won't Make Your Kid Less Ugly

This is an electromagnetic photo frame that can make it look like that picture is actually floating. It works because the photo frame has a magnetic field sensor on the top side and a microprocessor and other electronic doodads in the base that ensure the picture is always balanced. This is a great middle-man picture… » 4/02/07 2:45pm 4/02/07 2:45pm