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A new iridescent plastic that reveals hidden images with a breath is described in a paper published today in Advanced Materials. Researchers at the University of Michigan hope to use this technology for anti-counterfeiting purposes, replacing the ubiquitous hologram stickers used on things like luxury handbags and passports with a humidity-activated logo.
Ah, Hawaii. The resplendent luaus and awe-inspiring volcanoes. Tom Selleck and his mustache running around private-investigating stuff. The beautiful white-sand beaches made of fish poop. [HTML1] Oh, that’s right. Your precious Hawaiian beach vacation was actually a frolic through epic amounts of doody. Show More Summary
The Aeromedical Biological Containment System used to transport Kent Brantly, the American doctor infected with Ebola, had never been used before. Brantly's flight was its first real test.
Hundreds of feet underwater, where dim rays of sunlight mix with flickers from bioluminescent fish, lanternsharks rely on their sensitive eyes to survive. A new study shows how their eyes have adapted.
The thing hampering efforts to quell the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Africa and treat Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, two Americans with the disease now at Emory University Hospital in Georgia, is that the FDA has approved no medications or therapies specific to Ebola. Researchers and laboratories around the world are working to change that.
In a city famed for its oddities, New York City's Wild Bird Fund is a rather unusual place. It's the city's first wild animal hospital; since 2001 they've taken in more than 10,000 feathered patients---snowy egrets and starlings, peregrine falcons and pigeons. Lots of pigeons.
There are a whole lot of places in the universe that aren’t exactly conducive to the proliferation of life: the vacuum of space, for instance, or the poisonous, boiling atmosphere of Venus, or anywhere Chuck Norris goes. But surely the most brutal are the unimaginably hot surfaces of stars like our sun, furnaces so powerful […]
A grey Gulfstream III carrying Nancy Writebol, an American aid worker diagnosed with Ebola, landed at Dobbins Air Force Base north of Atlanta Tuesday morning. An ambulance took her 14 miles to a special isolation facility at Emory University Hospital that was designed not just to treat the worst diseases, but to make sure those diseases don’t get any farther than its walls.
You’re in the shower. The water sounds like a gentle, rainy static, and feels like a Plinko massage. You’ve just started to lather up and suddenly, you’re hit with a flash of brilliance. Maybe it’s the answer to a vexing problem at work, the location of your lost USB drive, or perhaps it’s just a random, inconsequential […]
Pesticides linked to declining bee and bird populations have been found in streams and rivers across the upper midwest, raising yet more concerns about these chemicals' environmental effects.
Follow Space Photo of the Day on Twitter The 2013 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery The 2012 WIRED Space Photo of the Day Gallery For caption information and links to high-resolution images, please use the full-screen version of this gallery. For more mind-blowing space photos, see the entire WIRED Space Photo of the […]
Yesterday, I flew over downtown San Francisco. I swooped past the Transamerica Pyramid, taking care not to get speared, and winged it out towards the water. A heavy fog covered the bay, as usual, so I decided to head back into the city. I dove sharply, and the wind started whipping across my face. I […]
For billions of years, single-celled creatures had the planet to themselves, floating through the oceans in solitary bliss. Some microorganisms attempted multicellular arrangements, forming small sheets or filaments of cells. But these ventures hit dead ends. Show More Summary
The air in airplanes is way fresher than you may think, and it’s constantly being scrubbed by high quality filters.
NASA announced today that its next Mars rover will have advanced cameras, more sophisticated lasers, and the ability to see underground as it explores the Red Planet starting in 2020. The mission, currently being called the Mars 2020 rover (until NASA can give it a better name), is a twin of the Curiosity rover currently […]
The rind of good cheese is a thriving microbial community. A single gram—a tiny crumb—of cheese rind contains 10 billion microbial cells, a mix of bacteria and fungi that contribute delicious and sometimes funky flavors. But even though humans have been making cheese for thousands of years, we know very little about what all those […]
The image above shows a simulation of Jupiter’s magnetic field, whose intricate complexities make it extremely difficult to accurately model. While it may look like the gas giant is vomiting up some enormous space worms, the visualization is actually capturing details of the gas giant’s magnetism with greater precision than ever before. Everything’s bigger about […]
In 1986, a two-and-a-half year-old girl named Michelle Funk fell into a stream and drowned. By the time paramedics found her, she hadn’t been breathing for more than an hour. Her heart was stopped. In other words, she was dead. Somewhat inexplicably, the paramedics continued to work on her, and so did doctors in the […]
On the 556th evening of successfully not being murdered by her chucklehead king of a husband in the Arabian Nights, Scheherazade relates the tale of Sinbad’s tanglings with a beast most cruel. Sailing from city to city with merchants, Sinbad eventually comes to a deserted island, where he spies a huge white dome half buried […]
It’s five o’clock, and your dog is excitedly wagging her tail and nuzzling against you. Your furry friend is hungry and seems to know that this is the hour you usually feed her. But was this performance a simple reaction to a rumbling in Ginger’s tummy or are canines actually able to somehow read the clock? […]