Science uncovers mysteries both large and small. And then there are some discoveries that make us shake our heads. There were more than a few of those in 2012.
I live in California, where we are having a power crunch. I have a hypothetical question: Could I power my computer or my TV with a bicycle generator? See more »
The backscatter X-ray system that can see through clothes has begun its test run at the international airport in Phoenix. But privacy is only one concern facing its implementation. See more »
After the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011, quadrotors assessed buildings not far from Fukushima. And they did it without being harmed by the kind of nuclear radiation that damages us humans. Do they have more tricks under their wings? See more »
In the simple rubber hand illusion, a subject is made to believe a rubber hand is in fact his own. How does this clever parlor trick work, and how could it help shed light on body-related distortions? See more »
The scene of a disaster isn't a place of order, at first glance. But it's not just EMTs, firefighters and police officers competing for space. In fact, those professionals would be at serious risk if there weren't also engineers on the scene. See more »
Search and rescue missions and extreme weather events often go hand in hand. Fortunately there's a wide range of technology that helps emergency service workers get a leg up in preparing for and handling the elements. See more »