Articles by Ben Wolford

Chariklo
Move Over Saturn: Astronomers Discover Miniature Planet With Rings
Mar 26, 2014 14:37 PM E
Until now, only five objects in space — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune — were known to have rings. A fifth object, tiny by comparison, was recently discovered to host an icy disk.
Mars-like Chamber
Mars Simulation Chamber Mimics Planet's Atmosphere, Right Down To The Red Dust
Mar 25, 2014 11:01 AM E
A vacuum chamber developed in Spain for NASA can recreate the Martian surface in order to test instruments. It's designed to match the atmospheric pressure, gas composition, temperature, radiation, and swirling dust of the Red Planet.
Living Material
Living Materials': Inspired By Bone, MIT Invents E. Coli-Based Substance That Grows Itself
Mar 24, 2014 15:25 PM E
Scientists have created a conductive material using the living cells of E. coli bacteria. These "living materials" could one day be used in batteries or medical devices.
Typhoon Haiyan
Extreme Weather In 2013 Caused By Man-Made Climate Change: UN Report
Mar 24, 2014 12:55 PM E
The UN weather agency reported Monday that man-made global warming caused extreme weather in 2013, from drought, flooding, frigid cold, and Typhoon Haiyan.
Fiber Optics
Scientists Demonstrate Three-Way Quantum Communication: What's Faster Than The Speed Of Light?
Mar 24, 2014 11:27 AM E
A team of international scientists has sent information over thousands of miles at faster than the speed of light. Quantum mechanics makes it possible.
Owl Monkey
Not All Men Cheat: The Only Truly Monogamous Primates Are Owl Monkeys
Mar 23, 2014 15:43 PM E
A new study testing the monogamy of Argentine owl monkeys reveals them to be only the fifth monogamous species known to science and the first among primates.
Inner Ear
Our Inner Ear Pores Let Us Tune In And Out Of Conversations
Mar 23, 2014 14:26 PM E
For those without hearing impairments, the human ear can filter out noises to focus on one sound — like somebody talking across a noisy room. But until now, scientists never knew how this worked.
Dolphin Casualty
Seafood Waste: Fisheries Throw Away 20% Of Animals Caught In Nets
Mar 21, 2014 15:38 PM E
U.S. fisheries waste 2 billion pounds of sea life every year, leading to vast food inefficiency and threats to endangered species, according to a recent report from the environmental advocacy group Oceana.
DNA Mugshot
Genetic Mugshot: How Scientists Used DNA To Draw 3-D Faces
Mar 21, 2014 14:15 PM E
A team of scientists has developed a method for generating 3-D face images using only a person's genes.
Fake Pain
A Computer That Sees Through Fake Facial Expressions Better Than Humans Can
Mar 20, 2014 12:07 PM E
Humans are incredibly handy at faking facial expressions — like when you seem glad to see somebody at a party and you're really not. For others, it's tough to know the difference. But a new computer system has proved much more adept at seeing through phonies.
Flight Radar
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Light-Based Radar Could Have Helped Track Lost Plane, Engineers Say
Mar 19, 2014 16:34 PM E
Light-based radar systems could replace the clunky technology used in airplanes today, according to a new report published in Nature. But could it have prevented Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 from going missing?
Lake Boreal in Northern Sweden
Global Warming Creates More Global Warming: New Study Links Temperature To Methane Production
Mar 19, 2014 14:06 PM E
Small microbes feed on organic matter and release methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. New research calculates how higher temperatures could speed up that process and, in turn, global warming.
Mercury
Is Mercury Still Shrinking? Astronomers Confirm The Littlest Planet Is Getting Littler
Mar 18, 2014 16:48 PM E
A team of scientists say they've studied photos of the surface of Mercury and have come to a certain conclusion: the planet's girth is about 8.6 miles smaller than it was in the beginning.
Vibration Platform
New Microscope Platform Eliminates Vibrations For Super High-Res Photos
Mar 18, 2014 13:47 PM E
Scientists in Germany have developed an advanced kind of table for use with scanning electron microscopes. It eliminates nearly all vibrations, from the person walking across the room to the elevator running down the hall.
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