Huge Advancement in MRI Tech Captures Teeny Molecules With Incredible Resolution

The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines in hospitals are great at creating pictures of the human body. For decades, scientists have hoped that the same technology could be used to examine much smaller things, like individual molecules. Now, a team from Canada and the United States has revealed a new, high-resolution MRI method with resolutions down to two nanometres, the width of a DNA strand. Read More >>

Transparent, Glow-in-the-Dark Mice Are a Scientist’s Wet Dream (Warning: Graphic)

Generally, if scientists want to see how a living thing functions in high resolution, they need to slice it into tiny pieces first. Now, there’s scientists a powerful and bizarre new tool in researchers’ arsenal. Read More >>

Radar Scans Beamed to Earth via Laser Can See Ships in Almost Real-Time

This grainy black-and-white image may not look much, but it’s a record-breaker. A radar scan acquired by satellite and beamed back to Earth by laser, it allowed the European Space Agency to identify ships off the coast of Brazil in less than 18 minutes—without any satellite ground stations nearby. Read More >>

This is What You See When You Scan a Forest With Lasers

Do not adjust your monitor. This is a perfectly normal forest, but it happens to be the view that’s seen through the eyes of a 3D laser scanning system developed by a company called Treemetrics. Read More >>

The Incredible Way Neurosurgeons Can Now Look at Your Brain Through Your Eyes

For many years scientists have been trying to find a way to measure the pressure in a patient’s brain without having to drill a hole in the person’s skull. Although this remains the most reliable way to measure pressure in the brain it is invasive, expensive and comes with the risk of infection and bleeding. Read More >>

Physicists Figure Out How to Take Photographs in Near-Total Darkness

Tens of thousands of photons go into making up each pixel in your standard cat photo. That's because existing cameras—even infrared night-vision ones—rely on many, many photons of light to create an image. But now physicists have photographed in almost pitch blackness, where there on average is less than one photon of light per pixel. Read More >>

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The Super-Imaging Satellite That Will Double Google Maps’ Resolution

The quality of commercial space-based imagery is about to take a quantum leap forward with yesterday's successful launch of the Worldview-3 satellite. It's powerful enough to count chickens from orbit. It's a true monster machine. Read More >>

First Satellite to Capture High-Res Public Images is Ready for Launch

In mid-June, the US government relaxed its previously strict rules on high-definition satellite imaging, allowing mapping services like Google Maps to scale up to a higher resolution. DigitalGlobe led the charge in changing the US ruling in part because of its upcoming Worldview-3 satellite, which will provide the first public high-resolution photos of our planet. Read More >>

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The World’s Strongest MRI Will be Able to Pick Up a Tank

The stronger an MRI machine's magnetic field is, the better image resolution and refresh rates it is able to achieve. While most medical-grade MRIs today top out between 1.5 and 3 Tesla, the unit measure of magnetic field strength, GE has recently constructed a unit with the whopping power of 7 Tesla. But that's nothing compared to the power of the INUMAC. Read More >>

This Camera Films at the Speed of Light

And you thought watching The Hobbit in 60 frames-per-second was weird? At 15 billion frames-per-second, this camera from Edinburgh's Heriot Watt University captures video so fast that you can actually watch individual photons move across a room and reconstruct the form of objects around corners based only on the light that they scatter. Read More >>

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This Hyperspectral Eye in the Sky Gives Police Planes X-Ray Vision

Unless your home planet is Krypton, seeing through solid objects is a bit of a challenge. However, with these airborne infra-red peepers, everyone from law enforcement to the military to energy production companies will soon be able to spot hidden dangers in real-time. Read More >>

Scientists Can Reconstruct Faces by Reading Your Mind

Fantasising about an old flame? Lusting over a celebrity instead of your current squeeze? Watch out: scientists can reconstruct the faces you're thinking about from a brain scan alone. Read More >>

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James May Explains How Digital Cameras Work

Aside from his duties as Captain Slow on Top Gear, James May is also a bona fide tech geek, and he's here to explain exactly how the digital camera in your laptop, smartphone, or DSLR works. Read More >>

Monitoring Gene Activity Across Thousands of Cells Sure Is Pretty

Scientists have developed a new technique which allows them to visualise gene activity in thousands of cells, simultaneously. That will allow them to understand how our cells function like never before—and it looks damn pretty, too. Read More >>