How’s My Sleep?

September 23, 2014 When it comes to health and fitness, there’s an app for just about everything. Want to track how many steps you’ve taken today? There’s an app for that. Want to track the calories you’ve consumed? There’s an app for that, too. And, if you want to know if you got a goodContinue reading “How’s My Sleep?”

Solar Impact (award recipient)

“Solar Impact,” the cover feature story of the March 2009 issue of Sky & Telescope, won the 2010 American Astronomical Society Solar Physics Division Award for Popular Writing for “carefully and thoroughly summariz[ing] the scientific understanding of how the Sun influences the Earth’s climate, with reader-friendly writing, illustrations, and pictures.” From Earth, the Sun appears as a smooth, glowing disk,Continue reading “Solar Impact (award recipient)”

Paper Diagnostics

Diagnostic tools that are cheap to make, simple to use, and rugged enough for rural areas could save lives in poor parts of the world. Read more at Technology Review.

Nature’s Photonic Crystal

A diamond structure in beetle scales gives guidance toward developing advanced optics. Read more at Technology Review.

Flexible Robotic Hands

            Aaron Dollar, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Yale, has invented a robot with a soft touch. His plastic hand is deft enough to grasp a wide variety of objects without damaging them. What’s more, it’s cheaper and requires less processing power than the metal hands typically usedContinue reading “Flexible Robotic Hands”