January 12, 2017

Electricity now flows across continents, courtesy of direct current

THE winds of the Oklahoma panhandle have a bad reputation. In the 1930s they whipped its over-tilled topsoil up into the billowing black blizzards of the […]
January 12, 2017

A “new” star should appear in 2022

X marks the spot AMATEUR astronomers have a new date for their diaries. In 2022, in the constellation of Cygnus, they will be treated to the […]
January 12, 2017

The ultimate angling aid: a fishing drone

MOST pastimes nowadays involve lots of high-tech gadgets. For fishermen these range from electronic bite alarms to carbon-fibre rods, specialised clothing and tackle boxes stuffed with […]
December 20, 2016

A breakthrough in miniaturising lidars for autonomous driving

EXPERIMENTAL self-driving cars continue to make regular forays onto the roads. After a trial in Pittsburgh, Uber, a taxi-hailing-app company, launched several of its “autonomous” vehicles […]