Solar Plane Takes Off on Record 120-Hour Flight Across Pacific
Solar Impulse 2 Over Japan
June 29th, 2015
A solar-powered plane able to fly in sunshine or darkness without using any fuel took off today (June 29) on a planned 120-hour flight across the Pacific Ocean, from Nagoya, Japan, to Kalaeola, Hawaii.
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F-35 Fighter Jet Nails Olympic-Worthy 'Ski Jump' Takeoff
A jet takes off from a ski jump.
June 25th, 2015
When a fighter jet takes off from a runway the same way that a skier launches gracefully off a jump, the result can be surprisingly beautiful.
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Best Cooking Apps Handle Recipes and Grocery Lists
A couple cooks together while checking a recipe on their tablet.
June 26th, 2015
There are apps that make cooking at home a breeze, with the ability to import recipes and organize your grocery list. Here are Live Science's picks for the best cooking apps.
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Watch Ring-Shaped Molecule Unravel in Record-Fast Movie
An illustration of shape changes that occur in intervals lasting just quadrillionths of a second in a ring-shaped molecule blasted with laser pulses.
June 23rd, 2015
For the first time, scientists have observed a chemical reaction as it was happening at the molecular level, in intervals lasting just femtoseconds, or quadrillionths of a second. The experiment reveals molecular moviemaking is possible.
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Accordion-Like Conductors Could Spawn Flexible Display Screens
Stretchy Conductors
June 22nd, 2015
Origami-inspired engineering techniques could help researchers develop stretchy conductors for flexible plasma-screen displays and, eventually, solar panels that can bend to follow sunlight, according to a new study.
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'Iron Man' Laser: Beams Can Shape Electrical Discharges
By putting different types of lenses in front of a laser beam fired rapidly between two electrodes, the researchers created sparks with various shapes.
June 22nd, 2015
Want to make lightning bend like the super-villain Ivan Vanko in "Iron Man 2?" Lasers might be the way to do it. Turns out, laser beams can control the shape and direction of electrical discharges, physicists have found.
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Rough-and-Tumble Roach Bots Barrel Over Obstacles
Cockroach Robot
June 23rd, 2015
Robots inspired by cockroaches can use the shape of their bodies — particularly, their distinctive round shells — to maneuver through dense clutter, according to a new study.
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