The City Of Sydney's LED Lights Saved $370,000 And Cut Power Usage By 34 Per Cent

LED lights are great. They’re more energy efficient than incandescents, they provide better quality light than sodium and tungsten lamps and they’re less prone to failure than fluorescents. (Although Hollywood movies will never look the same.) The City Of Sydney has installed over 4000 LED globes in city street lights so far, and the results speak for themselves.


The Surprisingly Low-Tech Way NASA Decides When To Blow Up A Rocket

When the Antares rocket exploded seconds after launch on Tuesday night, NASA was able to account for all its employees very quickly after the failure thanks to a clearly very well-practised protocol. The launch gave us a peek into the processes that dictate every rocket launch, and one of them was particularly surprising.


Study: Solar Energy Will Be As Cheap As Fossil Fuel Energy By 2016

A new study on solar energy from Deutsche Bank bears very good news. Thanks to technology and innovation, solar energy will be just as cheap as energy from fossil fuels by 2016. That’s basically tomorrow, and it’s awesome.


This Brain Decoder Can Read The Words Of Your Inner Monologue

If this sounds a bit like mind reading, well, it is. A group of neuroscientists have figured out how to decode a limited set of words “spoken” by our inner voices from looking at brain activity alone.


Unlucky Kids Lost Their School Projects In The Antares Rocket Explosion

Watching the unmanned Antares rocket explode after lift-off last night was devastating, but the loss was especially tough for a handful of school-kids across the US and Canada. In addition to the supplies onboard were projects they designed for the space journey.


You Can Feel This Touchscreen That's Made Of Thin Air

When’s a screen not a screen? When, err, it’s made of thin air we suppose — like this touchscreen, which is constructed from light and ultrasound vibrations alone.


The Antares Explosion Looked Even Worse From A Plane

The launch failure of Orbital Science’s Antares last night spurred a shockingly huge fireball — rocket fuel can do that. But here’s a perspective only a few people witnessed: The explosion from 900m up. To paraphrase the pilot who filmed it, HOLY COW.


Amazing New Image Of The Earth And The Moon Taken Outside Lunar Orbit

Briefly: China’s National Space Agency has released this stunning image of the Earth and the Moon from an extraordinary vantage point. Taken yesterday by their Chang’e 5 spacecraft on, the photo shows the far side of the moon with the Earth on the background.


From Ice Cream To Toothpaste: Seaweed's Hidden Uses

The humble seaweed may best be known for its ability to encase morsels of sticky rice and raw fish (not to mention spa-goers), but this plant-like organism has slowly worked its way into an impressive variety of human industries over the past 15 centuries. Now one can find seaweed, or at least one of its many prized extracts, in everything from toothpaste to wound dressings.


Space Whiskey Safely Returned To Earth

Back in 2011, a group of alcoholics masquerading as scientists managed to somehow persuade their bosses that sending (very small) vials of whiskey to space was a viable ‘experiment’. Four years on, the whiskey has eluded the clutches of the ISS astronauts and has landed safely back on Earth.


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