Gravitational waves have been detected on earth for the first time, researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in the US and the VIRGO detector in Italy have announced.
The ubiquity of CCTV cameras makes it easy to track down criminal suspects – unless they’re wearing a disguise. But even that wouldn’t fool the latest software, which can recognise people based on their anatomy or on the way they walk.
If you've ever seen those annoying lip-sync errors on TV when the video doesn't quite match up to the sound, did you also realise that your brain eventually adjusts the signal to improve your experience?
The application of molecular motors in medicine and materials science, the design of social robots for educational and health purposes, and a push towards making legumes more attractive for farmers to grow are some of the predictions made by researchers in Horizon’s poll of major developments this year.
A greater scientific understanding of consciousness is allowing researchers to quantify exactly how conscious we are at any given moment, and the resulting measurements are providing new insight into the likelihood of coma patients to recover.
Darwin’s theory of evolution is more than 150 years old, but we still understand very little about how new species arise. Now, genetic sequencing of butterflies is helping scientists unravel the mechanics behind the spectacular biodiversity of the natural world.
Earth is not the only place in our solar system that shakes with seismic activity.
Dr Sabine Oertelt-Prigione on a ‘moment of awakening’ for medical research.
Dr Kate Rychert studies ocean plate structures.