Saturn’s Oil Drop Surface Looks Incredible Through an Infrared Lens

Most of the photos taken of Saturn these days are in drab black and white. But this infrared view of Saturn from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is a stunning reminder of this ringed planet’s spectral vibrance. Read More >>

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Las Vegas Looks Even Weirder in Infrared

Las Vegas doesn’t exactly need any help when it comes to looking ridiculous, but this footage, which was shot in infrared by Philip Bloom, makes bits of Vegas look like a candy floss wonderland (as opposed to its typical styrofoam opulence). Read More >>

Scientists Revamp Incandescent Lightbulbs With Infrared-Reflecting Shell

A group of MIT scientists have a had a lightbulb moment concerning the humble incandescent bulb. They’ve figured out that, by trapping its glowing filament inside a special, infrared-reflecting structure, they can make it dramatically more energy-efficient. Their work could eventually see the incandescent bulb make a European Union return, where they’ve been banned and replaced by more expensive and efficient compact fluorescent (CFL) and LED bulbs. Read More >>

Infrared Microwave Shows Your Food Change Colour as it Heats Up

After watching this video I feel like the best microwave I've ever used sucked very badly. What you see here is a concept for the Heat Map Microwave, which would have a built-in IR camera on top and a screen on the front, effectively allowing you to see exactly when your food has been heated all the way through. Get this thing in my kitchen right now. Read More >>

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The Sparkle Guns that Keep Military Air Transport Safe

Commercial airlines aren't the only planes under attack from shoulder-fired rockets and missiles these days, a number of slow-moving vehicles in the US Air Force have come under increased threat of being shot down. That's why the USAF is outfitting many of them with sparkling laser blasters to confound inbound threats. Read More >>

Five Ways to Hide From Common Surveillance Tech

We may not be in a total surveillance state yet, but thanks to the FBI's insane new facial recognition system, a 1984-esque reality doesn't seem quite so far away. Fortunately, scientists and designers alike are hard at work building counter surveillance solutions to ease (and hide) our worried minds. Read More >>

Apple Display Patent Uses Infrared Light to Detect Touch Pressure

A simpler method of measuring how hard children are jabbing their fingers at the "BUY" button inside tawdry free-to-play applications may be on the way from Apple, after patents for a new pressure sensitive touchscreen were unearthed. Read More >>

Asteroids Come Alive With a Little Help From Infrared

It's easy to assume that, close-up, asteroids could be quite plain—they're just big lumps of rock, after all. But look at them in infrared, and they come alive. Read More >>

Your iPhone Could Soon Get Predator Vision

FLIR, or Forward Looking Infrared, has long been a staple technology for militaries around the world, allowing operations under the cover of night without the blinding shortcomings of conventional night vision goggles. Slowly but surely, this heat sensing imaging technology is working its way into the consumer market. Specifically, onto your iPhone. Read More >>

New Infrared Tech Will Let Firemen See Through Flames

Firefighters will actually be able to see through flames thanks to infrared hologram technology, a new study in Italy has found. Read More >>

Infrared Technology Battles Back From the Dead With High Speed Wireless Transfers

The same infrared technology that allowed the world to change the channel without getting off the couch could vastly speed up wireless data transfers between devices. Somewhere deep in the halls of the Fraunhofer Institute, infrared technology has been on life support all these years, and could soon fight its way back into the limelight with transfer speeds six times as fast as USB 2.0. Read More >>

Infrared Film Can Make Even a Warzone Look Beautiful

What you're looking at isn't a landscape shot photoshopped to resemble Willy Wonka's realm—it's the real world. A battlefield. Photographer Richard Mosse traveled the wartorn Congo with infrared film made for camouflage detection. The results are gorgeous. Read More >>