Engineers at Yale University say they've invented a new type of mechanical memory device that is read from and written to by light. According to its creators, this development could lead to better sensors and new techniques in optical telecommunications.
All sorts of rare and unusual artifacts in Yale's collection are being photographed/digitized for the web, so everyone around the world can check out a handwritten Mozart sonata or William Blake watercolor, even if they don't actually attend Yale.
It's been a big year for the space sciences. The first privately-held spacecraft orbited our world, the blackest material in history was created, researchers expanded the list of possible sources of life threefold; and that was just in December.