Ancient Egyptian pigment may find use on power-saving roofs

  Ben Coxworth – Egyptian blue is considered to be the world’s first synthetic pigment (Credit: Maugli/Depositphotos). Thousands of years ago, the ancient Egyptians created a blue pigment which they used in their depictions of gods and royalty. Derived from calcium copper silicate, the …

Nikon Small World winners zoom in on microscopic marvels

  Rich Haridy – Image of Distinction: Cassida rubiginosa (thistle tortoise beetle), ventral view  (Credit: Özgür Bulur). A surreal close-up of a weevil eye has taken the top prize at this year’s Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The magnificent annual photography competition, now in …

Chinese satellite shatters quantum teleportation distance record

  Michael Irving – The Chiense satellite Micius has helped break the quantum teleportation distance record, transmitting entangled photons across a distance of 1,200 km (746 mi) (Credit: Jian-Wei Pan). Chinese scientists have smashed the quantum entanglement distance record. Transmitting information through entangled …

Microwave/laser weapon takes out multiple drone swarms

  David Szondy – The vehicle-mounted laser combines a solid state laser with an advanced variant of the company’s Multi-Spectral Targeting System,  installed on a small, all-terrain Polaris militarized vehicle (Credit: Raytheon). An energy weapon system built by Raytheon has clocked up an impressive score …

Japan lands bouncing robots on asteroid Ryugu

  David Szondy – Artist’s concept of the two MINERVA-II1 rovers (Credit: JAXA). Japan has scored a space race double first by becoming the first nation to land not one, but two rovers on an asteroid. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has …

Fish-catching praying mantis surprises scientists

  Ben Coxworth – The fish-eating praying mantis chows down on its catch (Credit: Rajesh Puttaswamaiah). Praying mantises may not actually pray, but they do prey heavily on their fellow insects, along with other small land animals. Now, however, for the first time, …

Electric bacteria found in the human gut

  Michael Irving – An artist’s rendition of Listeria bacteria, which have been found to produce electricity (Credit: UC Berkeley/Amy Ca. The diverse microbes that live in our gut keep turning up new surprises. In recent years this tiny ecosystem has been found to …

Free credit freezes and year-long fraud alerts are here

Free credit freezes are here.  by Andrew Smith, Federal Trade Commission, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection Gail Hillebrand, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, Associate Director, Division of Consumer Education and Engagement Free credit freezes and year-long fraud alerts are here, starting September 21st, …

The best open source alternatives to your everyday apps

  James Holloway – Open source provides a compelling alternative to proprietary software (Credit: bizoon/Depositphotos) There are many compelling reasons to use open source software, where the code behind an app is free for anyone to view or contribute to. There’s the obvious …

Ancient Egyptian pigment may find use on power-saving roofs

  Ben Coxworth – Egyptian blue is considered to be the world’s first synthetic pigment (Credit: Maugli/Depositphotos). Thousands of years ago, the ancient Egyptians created a blue pigment which they used in their depictions of gods and royalty. Derived from calcium copper silicate, the …

Nikon Small World winners zoom in on microscopic marvels

  Rich Haridy – Image of Distinction: Cassida rubiginosa (thistle tortoise beetle), ventral view  (Credit: Özgür Bulur). A surreal close-up of a weevil eye has taken the top prize at this year’s Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. The magnificent annual photography competition, now in …