It's usually only possible to see the spot where a laser lands rather than its path, but now an ultrafast camera has caught those photons mid-flight
New micro-satellite technology is enabling satellite Internet services that could reach billions of new users.Providing Internet access from orbiting satellites—a concept that seemed to have died with the excesses of the dot-com boom—has returned thanks to SpaceX founder (and dot-com billionaire) Elon Musk.
A recent sharp drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa is prompting scientists to wonder whether the virus may be silently immunizing some people at the same time as brutally killing their neighbors.
Microsoft has figured out a way to make your phone automatically go silent at the movie theater. The new patented system is called "inconspicuous mode."
Sheriffs want Google to turn off the app feature that alerts drivers to police locations, fearing it could aid would-be cop killers
Aging pipes are leading to a massive loss of revenue and adding to greenhouse gas emissions
The hobbyist model drone that crashed on the White House lawn Monday was too small to be detected by a radar. Bill Plante reports on new questions being raised about White House security.
Think you've seen big rings in our own solar system? Not even close.
Boeing's first unmanned test flight is scheduled for 2016
A rare large asteroid zipped very close to Earth Monday morning. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Paul Chodas, head of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Near-Earth Object program, about the "close call."
A team of Indian physicists has made a mathematical model that purports to explain why ants don't have traffic jams. NPR's Joe Palca explains as part of his series, Joe's Big Idea.
Scorched planets tightly circle an 11.2-billion-year-old star relatively close to Earth
But adding small amounts of land to already protected areas could help save the island's biodiversity
Five Disneyland workers have been diagnosed with illness
Ah, motherhood. I don’t know anything about it, but I heard there’s a lot of, like, sacrifice and stuff. Not only do you have to bring the brat into the world, but then you have to feed it for at least 18 years or you get in big trouble. That’s a lot of pressure.
On a fall morning in 2009, a team of three young physicists huddled around a computer screen in a small office overlooking Broadway in New York. They were dressed for success—even the graduate student’s shirt had buttons—and a bottle of champagne was at the ready.
It’s three in the morning in South Africa, in the middle of winter. Temperatures have dropped to just …
The first batch of a vaccine against Ebola is on its way to Liberia and trials are expected to start soon.
A jellyfish tagging study reveals the creatures' ability to swim against the current when forming their submarine swarms, say researchers.
A drug that protected mice three days after exposure to radiation could buy more time for survivors of a nuclear disaster
Light is the fastest thing around, but shaped beams travel slower than expected, even in a vacuum. No need to throw your physics textbooks out yet though
Crowdsourced loans and peer-to-peer lending are cutting banks out of the mortgage market – and this is just the start
Size isn't everything. When many male mice mate with the same females, their descendants evolve testes that can produce more sperm
A new molten salt nuclear reactor design could make nuclear power safer and more economical.A new take on an old reactor design could make nuclear power cleaner and safer, and therefore more competitive with fossil fuels.
NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto, starts snapping pictures Sunday: Smile for the camera!
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has a jarring prediction for the future of the Internet.
It may be following a strategy that doesn't necessarily hinge on making money directly from wireless service
The disease which has killed more than 8,000 people in the past year may be the number one threat to great apes in Africa
To find terrain that simulates the moon's surface, the only Japanese team vying for the Google Lunar XPrize knew just where to go
Along the seashore, harmful blooms caused by an organism called Sea Sparkle choke ecosystems but look positively enchanting