Physicists Figure Out How to Take Photographs In Near-Total Darkness

Tens of thousands of photons go into making up each pixel in your standard cat photo. That's because existing cameras—even infrared night-vision ones—rely on many, many photons of light to create an image. But now physicists have photographed in almost pitch blackness, where there on average is less than one photon of… » 9/02/14 1:30pm 9/02/14 1:30pm

This Super-Efficient Lightbulb Uses Tesla Tech for an Incandescent Glow

Despite their inefficiency, old-school incandescent lightbulbs sure did put out a pleasant, natural-looking light. The folks at Finally Light Bulb missed that light, so they brought it back with an efficient, affordable bulb using technology Nikola Tesla once patented. The team visited Gizmodo's NYC office to show us… » 7/24/14 11:39am 7/24/14 11:39am

Scientist find that 80 percent of all light in the Universe is missing

According to observations made by the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph on board the Hubble Space Telescope, the Universe is missing 80 percent of all its light. Astronomers are completely baffled: "We still don't know for sure what it is, but at least one thing we thought we knew about the present day universe isn't true." » 7/10/14 7:24pm 7/10/14 7:24pm

The Breathtaking Beauty of Los Angeles at Night

Has Los Angeles finally found an answer to the title sequence of Woody Allen's Manhattan? Revealing the beauty of nighttime L.A. in all its glory, Colin Rich's mesmerizing time lapse video "City Lights" plays off the interaction between two kinds of night light: the twinkling stars above the horizon and the pulsating… » 5/08/14 7:50pm 5/08/14 7:50pm

Magic material is both a reflecting mirror and a see through window

No, it's not a one way mirror. It's much cooler than that. MIT scientists have invented a new invisible mirror that can show reflections like a typical mirror but also be see through like a window. The magic is in the alternating 84 ultra thin layers typical glass and tantalum oxide. It's a mirror but when you spin… » 4/19/14 1:35am 4/19/14 1:35am

Using X-Rays To Peer Inside Ancient Art Objects

Photographer David Maisel—widely known for his incredible aerial work, including a breath-taking project recently shot in Spain—has opened a new show in New York exploring the otherwise invisible insides of culturally important art objects. Called History's Shadow, it is on display at the Yancey Richardson Gallery » 4/13/14 6:00pm 4/13/14 6:00pm

A Simple Photographic Trick Lets You See Invisible Things

The world is full of things you can't see: the heat coming off your hand, the spray of a sneeze, even the sound of two hands clapping. But a simple camera trick called Schlieren flow visualization turns those invisible waves of light into beautiful plumes of movement. With this trick you can literally see invisible… » 4/09/14 4:00pm 4/09/14 4:00pm

Hey look a weird bright light was spotted on Mars

Do you see it? There's a little beacon of light in the photograph of Mars above. It's on the left side of the photo and it's pretty darn bright. What could it be? More importantly, what do we want it to be? A Martian signal keeping track of the Curiosity rover? An alien laser beam? A key to a secret portal in the… » 4/09/14 12:03am 4/09/14 12:03am

This time lapse of fireflies is art in motion

If you've been stressing out or if you're getting swamped at work or if you're feeling a little overwhelmed, here's how you fix it: by watching this lovely time lapse of fireflies by Vincent Brady. Just put it on full screen, zone out and watch fireflies (or lightning bugs if that's what you call them) paint the world… » 3/26/14 10:48pm 3/26/14 10:48pm

The Lonely Process And Lovely Work Of Hong Kong's Neon Craftsmen

Hong Kong's neon sign trade is fading in the face of new technology, but there are still skilled workers who craft the glowing lights by hand. The process is, by their own admission, painstaking, solitary, thankless, and steadily losing popularity, but these guys are still going at it. Watching them make the magic… » 3/25/14 10:20am 3/25/14 10:20am

Looking at Orange Light Is Like Drinking a Cup of Coffee

Light is an incredibly powerful force. Sure, it helps us see and gives us fast internet, but medical researchers keep stumbling upon new positive side-effects. A team of Belgian scientists, for instance, just discovered how a ten minute blast of orange light increases brain activity related to cognition and alertness. » 3/11/14 10:20am 3/11/14 10:20am