Exploring underground with a colliding drone

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano last weekend helped to explore the caverns under Sicily using a drone that deliberately bumped into its surroundings in order to build a map.

Why Hardware Engineers Have to Think Like Cybercriminals and Why Engineers Are Easy to Fool

Scott Borg, director of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, says hardware design engineers hold the future of cybersecurity in their hands

SMOS brings Mediterranean salinity into focus

ESA’s SMOS mission maps variations in soil moisture and salt in the surface waters of the open oceans.

The last of the Frontier Fields

With the final observation of the distant galaxy cluster Abell 370 – some 5 billion light-years away – the Hubble Space Telescope’s Frontier Fields program came to an end.

Graphene Speaker Produces Sound and Mixes Frequencies Simultaneously

Controlling the electrical current for heating graphene allows sound frequencies to be mixed together, amplified, and equalized

This zoomable map shows where America is growing and shrinking, at the neighborhood level

This awesome map from Esri shows the projected population growth rate for US census tracts between 2012 and 2017. On it, you can see where America is growing and shrinking at a very fine level of detail.

Flexible, organic and biodegradable: Researchers develop new wave of electronics

A new semiconductor is as flexible as skin and easily degradable, report scientists. It could have diverse medical and environmental applications, without adding to the mounting pile of global electronic waste.

Researchers develop radar simulator to characterize scattering of debris in tornadoes

Researchers have developed the first numerical polarimetric radar simulator to study and characterize the scattering of debris particles in tornadoes.

Paleontologists learning more about dinosaurs with virtual reality

A key piece of evidence proving how dinosaurs evolved into modern-day birds could soon be studied across the world.

Light can improve perovskite solar cell performance

Publishing in Nature, EPFL scientists show how light affects perovskite film formation in solar cells, which is a critical factor in using them for cost-effective and energy-efficient photovoltaics.

Evaluating cultural value of landscapes using geotagged photos

A new method has been devised for assessing the cultural value of landscapes using geotagged photos shared on a social-networking service.

New radar scanner tests wind turbine blades for defects

Thanks to the innovative radar scanner, defects in the material composition of the wind turbine blades can now be detected with far greater accuracy and visualized in a cross-sectional view, thereby saving costs in production and operation.