Imagine a ball of light with the voice of the world's most violent dial-up connection. The US military's Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, or JNLWD, is experimenting with a prototype that uses nano lasers to manipulate air and sound, creating noises that, they hope, will eventually mimic human speech.
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It can be easy to immediately dismiss Krypton, the new Syfy series premiering tonight, as another TV prequel for a beloved DC Comics superhero, just like Gotham. Since the alien planet is best known for exploding, most people might think they even already know the show's plot. But despite being set 200 years before baby Kal-El was sent to Earth, Krypton isn't ever going to be waiting for Superman to be born.
The second season of Telltale's excellent Batman game has seen players wrestle with a plotline quite unlike anything they have been tasked with before: befriend the man who could one day become the Joker, and have the chance to mould his future. Now two new trailers show how that could come to pass in some very different ways.
The drive to the Arecibo Observatory from San Juan is breathtaking in both beauty and treachery. The hour-long journey follows a roller-coaster-like path of humps and switchbacks through the dense tropical forest on what should be, but is not, a one-way road. Houses remain covered in tarps, awaiting repairs to their storm-ravaged roofs, and at least one sported anti-FEMA graffiti. Though Puerto Rico's huge, historic observatory survived Hurricane Maria with little damage, its future is now in jeopardy.
Deep sea anglerfish look like some kind of tragic holdover from the Precambrian Era, with their large head, dead eyes, fang-like teeth, and glowing "fishing rod" that extends from their dorsal fin. Scientists had never actually seen these creatures mate in the wild, but sadly, that's no longer case. It is with our deepest regrets that we present to you the very first footage of anglerfish boning.
Video: Jacob Alexander loves keyboards. He has over 600 in his collection and says he emigrated to the US from Canada just because eBay shipping on his keyboard-related orders are cheaper.
Unlike most the CW's other superheroes, who often rely on a close-knit network of allies who assist them when their vigilante work gets to be too much, we've really only ever seen Black Lightning working with one or two other people. Now, though, Jefferson's finally getting something like a team of his own - and he just happens to be related to all of them.
Back in 2003, a strange skeleton was discovered in a deserted Chilean town in the Atacama Desert. Featuring an elongated skull, sunken eye sockets, and an impossibly tiny body, some suggested it was of extraterrestrial origin. An updated genetic analysis confirms the skeleton as being human -- but with an unprecedented variety of mutations.
Around the same time our ancestors left Africa, a dim red dwarf star came to within 0.8 light-years of our Sun, marking the closest known flyby of a star to our Solar System. New research suggests Scholz's Star, as it's known, left traces of this interstellar encounter by perturbing some comets in the outer Oort Cloud.
Two decades of healthy growth, followed by four to eight decades of slow-motion physical and mental collapse - that's life, for most of us, despite the efforts of various deluded cranks and tech billionaires. Time spares nothing, and seems particularly to have it out for our faces, paying just as much attention to skin-level deformations (worry-lines, wrinkles, tumorous outgrowths) as it does to the large-scale hollowings and saggings which, over time, change the actual shape of our faces.
Dutch researchers believe they have unearthed a concrete clue that could help us understand an utterly perplexing illness commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Their new study, published Tuesday in Frontiers in Endocrinology, suggests that some people's symptoms might be caused by a thyroid that's dysfunctional in an unexpected way.
Right now, even the mightiest graphics card on the market would melt like Mustafar trying to render this new Star Wars short made with Epic Games' Unreal engine. But in the future, Nvidia hopes new technology it showed off this week will bringing gamers one step closer to some... well, very shiny graphics.
A lengthy investigation by Mother Jones and Pro Publica alleges IBM targeted older employees with layoffs and forced retirement in order to bring in millennial workers. In a series of interviews with dozens of former employees, the report, released Thursday, alleges both a systematic shedding of employees over 40 and a preoccupation with hiring younger workers as the company pivoted towards social media, data analytics, and cloud-based services. In the past five years, Pro Publica estimates IBM has fired, laid off, or rushed retirement for 20,000 US employees over 40, representing almost 60 per cent of all workers who've lost jobs at the company during that time.
A San Francisco nonprofit is using a fascinating mix of machine learning and solar panel technology to help the fight against deforestation in Brazil. Rainforest Connection, led by founder and CEO Topher White, creates devices called Guardians that listen to the rainforest and send real-time alerts to combat illegal logging.