A Glimpse Of How We’ll Use Our Land In 2051

It's the year 2051. Welcome to a view of the American landscape. Urban areas have swollen with people. Range and pasturelands have shrunk. There's a bit more forest than there was back in 2014, a result of economic incentives driving more timber production. These are a few of the predictions of a new study on how… » 5/11/14 9:00am 5/11/14 9:00am

Wild New ​Display Uses Fog As An Interactive 3D Screen

Engineers have built an interactive display using a tabletop system and mounted personal screens made of fog. Projectors light the fog for each user and a camera system monitors movements, allowing each person at the table to manipulate and share three-dimensional data. » 4/11/14 4:40pm 4/11/14 4:40pm

Can Lasers Protect Buildings From Lightning?

The standard advice authorities offer when lightning starts crackling across the sky is for people to take shelter inside buildings. Through lightning rods affixed to the roof, electrical wiring, and plumbing that can direct the electricity away from occupants and into the ground, substantial structures offer… » 4/11/14 1:00pm 4/11/14 1:00pm

Train for Surgery Using Immersive 3D Holograms of Corpses

Computer-generated models are starting to let researchers and students peer into the body without needing a real human stretched out before them. Virtual dissection tables have been built at places like Stanford and the University of Calgary. Now, University of Michigan computer scientists and biologists have taken… » 4/07/14 2:40pm 4/07/14 2:40pm

How Optical Illusions Help Restore Art

New York City's streets were drained of color on a recent cold and overcast March day. Their pallor—and that of the cars, trucks, and people occupying them—mimicked that depicted by Childe Hassam in his Winter in Union Square, an oil painting on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. » 4/03/14 6:20pm 4/03/14 6:20pm

Plants Engineered To Produce Insect Perfume Could Act As Pesticides

Swedish and American researchers have successfully engineered plants to produce chemical attractants like those released by insects to find mates. They say their plant factories could be used to lure and trap nuisance bugs as an environmentally friendly alternative to pesticides and synthetically produced attractants. » 3/06/14 6:40pm 3/06/14 6:40pm

Tapping Into Wave Power With a Gigantic, Artificial "Seafloor Carpet"

Scientists have known for decades that muddy coastal sediments absorb the power of waves as they roll toward beaches. The result is a free service courtesy of soft ocean bottoms that diminishes the sea's energy before it reaches the communities living beyond them. » 2/14/14 10:40am 2/14/14 10:40am

Reinventing the Printer With Rewriteable Paper and Water for Ink

For office workers concerned about cutting costs and environmental impacts, clicking the print button triggers an ongoing internal debate. Many people find reading words on a printed page to be a hard habit to break when the only alternative is reading them on glowing screen. » 1/29/14 9:40am 1/29/14 9:40am

Insect Nervous System Copied To Boost Computing Power

Brains are the most powerful computers known. Now microchips built to mimic insects' nervous systems have been shown to successfully tackle technical computing problems like object recognition and data mining, researchers say. » 1/28/14 1:20pm 1/28/14 1:20pm

Battlefield ER: Combat Medicine Fights To Keep More Troops Alive

When a nation sends its citizens to war, there are few things more important than providing the best treatment possible after they get injured in the line of duty. » 10/24/13 3:00pm 10/24/13 3:00pm