photography
Using X-Rays to Peer Inside Ancient Art Objects

Photographer David Maisel—widely known for his incredible aerial work, including a breath-taking project recently shot in Spain—has opened a new show in New York exploring the otherwise invisible insides of culturally important art objects. Called History's Shadow, it is on display at the Yancey Richardson Gallery until May 10, 2014. Read More >>

art
Walk on a Magic Carpet of Light in this Moroccan Cathedral

Watch out, the ground will change beneath your feet at the Sacré Coeur in Casablanca. As part of the installation Magic Carpet 2014, an interactive light show swirls, swarms, and shimmers under the cathedral's vaunted arches. It's even more thrilling to watch the lights in action in the video below. Read More >>

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A Simple Photographic Trick Lets You See Invisible Things

The world is full of things you can't see: the heat coming off your hand, the spray of a sneeze, even the sound of two hands clapping. But a simple camera trick called Schlieren flow visualization turns those invisible waves of light into beautiful plumes of movement. With this trick you can literally see invisible things. Read More >>

space
Hey Look, a Weird Bright Light Was Spotted on Mars

Do you see it? There's a little beacon of light in the photograph of Mars above. It's on the left side of the photo and it's pretty darn bright. What could it be? More importantly, what do we want it to be? A Martian signal keeping track of the Curiosity rover? An alien laser beam? A key to a secret portal in the universe? A superhero? Read More >>

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The Lonely Process and Lovely Work of Hong Kong's Neon Craftsmen

Hong Kong's neon sign trade is fading in the face of new technology, but there are still skilled workers who craft the glowing lights by hand. The process is, by their own admission, painstaking, solitary, thankless, and steadily losing popularity, but these guys are still going at it. Watching them make the magic fixtures is mesmerising—they are really good at what they do. Read More >>

science
Looking at Orange Light is Like Drinking a Cup of Coffee

Light is an incredibly powerful force. Sure, it helps us see and gives us fast internet, but medical researchers keep stumbling upon new positive side-effects. A team of Belgian scientists, for instance, just discovered how a ten minute blast of orange light increases brain activity related to cognition and alertness. Read More >>

lasers
This New Laser Makes Fibre Optic Networks 20x Better

You've got to be excited when scientists invent a new kind of laser, especially one that stands to replace the one we've been using for fibre optic communications for the last 40 years. A team of CalTech researchers did just that. Read More >>

design
Watch Artists Turn Plain Old Masking Tape into a Trippy 3D Light Show

It's not tough to make friends at hostels, but if you need a solid convo starter for that attractive stranger nursing a beer at the bar, Generator in Berlin has got you covered. Read More >>

science
If the Colour Pink Doesn't Scientifically Exist, Why Can We See It?

Absent from the visible spectrum and neither a wave nor a particle, the colour pink is, for many, a scientific enigma: how can a shade that doesn't even appear in the rainbow exist? The answer lies in colour theory. Read More >>

internet
Scientists Smash the Li-Fi Data Record, Achieving Speeds of 10Gbit/s

If the hype is to believed, Li-Fi could be the next Wi-Fi. And if that's the case, then we're excited—because a team of researchers has just smashed the record for visible light data transmission, pushing it to a staggering 10Gbit/s. Read More >>

computers
Graphene Computer Chips Run on Light Instead of Electricity

Thanks to improvements in fibre optics, most of the information that you consume on any given day is transported by light. Quite inefficiently, however, most computer chips need electricity to operate, and scientists haven't quite figured out how to make the leap to more futuristic materials. At least not until graphene came along. Read More >>

wtf
London's 'Walkie Scorchie' Tower Is Really Just a Massive Free Tanning Salon

Careful where you walk in London on a sunny day, you might end up inadvertently getting cooked. Apparently the weird-looking new Walkie Talkie skyscraper in the city acts as a giant mirror, focussing the Sun's intense rays on the street below, blinding people and actually melting cars. Read More >>

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Your Busted Apple MagSafe Cords Power These Clever Lamps

The MagSafe power cord, in theory, is one of Apple's smartest features. In practice, they tend to crap out after a few months of hard use—thanks either to your poor wire-wrapping technique or your dog's penchant for copper wire. But that doesn't have to be the end of the line. Read More >>

space
This Is What Photosynthesis Looks Like From Space

Plants grown and sustain themselves through photosynthesis — a seemingly invisible process that converts sunlight into energy. Now, NASA scientists have developed a way to measure photosynthesis from satellites with unprecedented detail. Read More >>

science
Holographic TVs Are Getting Closer to Reality

New methods for producing colour holographic video are here, and they could lead to cheaper, higher resolution and more energy efficient TVs. Daniel Smalley, a researcher at MIT, built a holographic display with about the same resolution as a standard-definition TV, which is able to depict motion because it updates its image 30 times a second. The display is run by an optical chip that Smalley made in his lab for about £7. Read More >>

design
Hypnotising Lights Look Friendly Until They Trap You

As part of the Geneva Mapping Festival, Nonotak Studio produced Isotopes v.2 as a commentary on the Fukushima nuclear accident and nuclear power in general. The goal is to create a scenario where viewers initially have a positive and calm reaction to the instillation, but slowly grow more uneasy as they interact with it. Friendly! [Nanotak via My Modern Met] Read More >>

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