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Science Wire | Mar 31, 2014

Breakthrough in invisibility cloaks, stealth technology

Scientists can create artificial nanostructures that can ‘bend light.’ But the challenge has been making enough of the material to turn invisibility cloaks into a practical reality.

Cyclone Hellen on Mar. 29, 2014 via NASA
Blogs | Mar 31, 2014

Tropical Cyclone Hellen crushing parts of Madagascar

Meteorologists said Hellen was likely to be “one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever seen over the northern channel [of the southwestern India Ocean] since the satellite era (1967).”

Photo by Ted S. Warren via the Concord Monitor.
Blogs | Mar 27, 2014

What causes landslides?

The primary cause of a landslide is the influence of gravity acting on weakened materials that make up a sloping area of land.

Photo creditL Annie Lewis
Blogs | Photos | Mar 27, 2014

Miss the moon and Venus this morning? Photos here

Photos from friends around the world of the March 27 and March 28 pairing of the moon with Venus. Thank you, everyone, for posting!

crow
Blogs | Videos | Mar 26, 2014

Video: Smart crow!

A BBC production shows a crow solving an 8-step puzzle to get food.

Graphic via Alan Cowen and Yale University.
Science Wire | Mar 25, 2014

Researchers can now reconstruct your memory of someone’s face

“It is a form of mind reading,” said Marvin Chun, professor of psychology, cognitive science and neurobiology and an author of the paper in the journal Neuroimage.

Image Credit: Jim Bowers, U.S. Geological Survey
Blogs | Mar 25, 2014

Top 4 facts about landslides

Last weekend’s fatal mudslide in Washington state obliterated the village of Oso, Washington and left a trail of devastation in its wake. On Tuesday, the death toll stood at 14.

Video still via Brad Josephs
Blogs | Videos | Mar 25, 2014

Video: Grizzly eats my GoPro

Brad Josephs, who captures video of grizzlies and wolves in Alaska, commented, “Note to self: when filming grizzly bears, never hide your camera in a fish.”

Satellite image, Indian Ocean, Saturday Mar. 22
Blogs | Mar 24, 2014

Flight 370 will make us rethink airline safety, says expert

An expert in atmospheric dynamics and aviation meteorology comments on the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Image via Earth.NullSchool.net
Blogs | Mar 23, 2014

Ocean wave currents in the search for Malaysia Air Flight 370

We’ve all seen satellite images of possible floating debris from the missing jet. Why can’t we just fly to that spot and find it? The answer is ocean currents.