When you look up at the blue sky, where are the stars that you see at night? They’re there but we can’t see them. A firefly flitting across a field is invisible to us during the day, but at night we can easily spot its flashes. Similarly, proteins, viruses, parasites and bacteria inside living cells can’t be seen by the naked eye under normal conditions. But a technique using a fluorescent protein can light up cells' molecular machinations like a microscopic flashlight.
Is the Earth now spinning through the “Age of Humans?” More than a few scientists think so. They’ve suggested, in fact, that we modify the name of the current geological epoch (the Holocene, which began roughly 12,000 years ago) to the “Anthropocene.” It’s a term first put into wide circulation by Nobel-Prize winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen in an article published in Nature in 2002. And it’s stirring up a good deal of debate, not only among geologists.
The recent earthquake in Nepal demonstrated yet again how difficult it is to reliably predict natural disasters. While we have a good knowledge of the various earthquakes zones on the planet, we have no way of knowing exactly when a big quake like the 7.8-magnitude event in Nepal will happen.
Pegged as the next-generation of laser tag, this short clip shows off how virtual reality is revolutionizing the future of entertainment. According to it's description, 'THE VOID' you will walk into new dimensions and experience worlds without limits.
A small island between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, Lasqueti is home to a little known community of off-gridders who take pride in their isolation from both mainstream culture and mainland Canada. Most of the residents live almost entirely off the land and create no carbon footprint on the environment. With its incredibly small economy, the community is a vibrant mixture of 350 residents and includes 70 children.
From hydro-electric dams to hydrogen powered vehicles, scientists for years have been struggling to figure out innovative ways to capture the limitless potential of water. Despite the shortcomings, new wave energy technology may be a unique approach to harnessing wave power in our oceans instead.
Never been done before, a new transparent solar cell was recently developed by researchers at a Silicon Valley startup named Ubiquitous Energy. This innovative technology could greatly expand the capabilities of solar power and allow more practical ways of generating power in homes and even skyscrapers.
Nature is practically essential to any animal's well-being, but sometimes things don't exactly turn out the way it should. Will, a circus lion, has never experienced the feeling of actual grass or soil due to his life as a performer. For 13 years he was forced to do tricks until he was rescued by Rancho Dos Gnomos and transferred to an animal sanctuary focusing on abused and exploited animals in Brazil.
Marijuana, or cannabis, as it is more appropriately called, has been an essential part of humanity's medicine chest for almost as long as history has been recorded. Despite its ancient history, this non-toxic plant still remains illegal in many states and countries. Enforcing these laws in the U.S. also costs taxpayers an estimated $10 billion annually and results in the arrest of more than 693,000 individuals per year -- far more than the total number of arrestees for all violent crimes combined, including murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Finding time to reconnect to nature may be difficult, but these three short clips are guaranteed to take only a fraction of your time. Equipped with high-tech cameras to capture magnificent scenery, time-lapse has taken the world by storm and the introduction of 4k technology improves these effects tremendously.
It's great to see car companies getting involved with improving safety, especially so when it doesn't involve their own vehicles. Developed by Volvo Cars, 'LifePaint' is a unique reflective safety spray which can help anyone riding a bicycle at night stand out to passing vehicles.
Curiosity may be the driving force behind some of history's greatest explorers, but these animals don't exactly make it to the exploration part. The first clip features a curious owl who waits patiently at the door for some attention.