Science & Technology

The Seduction of the (Planet) X

The search for the ninth planet in the Solar System is on. Michael E. Brown, a researcher in planetary astronomy at Caltech is a servant of the 24th letter in the English alphabet, forever searching for the next big body in the Solar System, the yearned planet ‘X’. You most certainly did not miss the…

World's Brightest X-Ray Laser Is Getting A Big Upgrade

The brightest X-ray laser in the world is undergoing a major upgrade. The Linac Coherent Light Source, the world’s first very-high-energy X-ray electron laser, launched at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in 2009. Ever since, the record-breaking laser has given us an unprecedented glimpse of how things happen on the atomic level…

You Won't Believe What Colorado Is About To Legalize

Colorado is mighty progressive on some issues, but it’s the only state in the country with a ban on residential rain barrels. Now, that ban may be on its way out. In March, the state’s Democrat-controlled House almost unanimously advanced a bill striking down the state’s ban on residential rain barrels. Last week, the Republican-controlled…

Teen Inventor Killed After Rocket-Powered Skateboard Explodes

A high school student in Thousand Oaks, California, is dead after a homemade rocket attached to a skateboard exploded Monday night. Bernard Moon, 18, and an unidentified 17-year-old were working on the skateboard, which they hoped to enter in a science fair scheduled for April 20. When the rocket didn’t go off as expected, Moon went…