Our electronic devices are screwing up the migratory compasses of birds. A new study shows that electromagnetic radiation, specifically frequencies found in the AM radio band, interferes with the internal magnetic orientation system of birds. This means that cities are likely having a disruptive effect on bird… » 5/08/14 9:20am 5/08/14 9:20am

An aluminum slug melts and levitates at the same time

Run an alternating current through a coiled length of copper and you'll create a levitation cylinder. Drop a bar of aluminum in and you've got yourself some hovering metal. But leave the metal there too long... » 4/05/14 2:00pm 4/05/14 2:00pm

This is what a lightning strike does to a lightning rod

This is what a lightning rod looks like after it's done its duty. Why does a lightning bolt crush it like a fist crushes a beer can? Because of what's known as a "pinch." » 9/13/13 8:20am 9/13/13 8:20am

In this incredible photo, St. Elmo's Fire lights up an observatory

If you heard a strange crackling noise, went outside, and noticed what seemed to be lightning attacking parts of your building, what would you do? One man took a picture. » 5/31/13 4:30pm 5/31/13 4:30pm

This levitating barbecue is the coolest thing you'll see today

Let's face it: when it comes to jaw-dropping video footage, it's hard to compete with live coverage of the world's first supersonic dive from the edge of space. But Felix Baumgartner's spacejump was just cancelled, which makes this video of a levitating sheet of piping-hot metal (the equivalent of a floating,… » 10/09/12 11:40am 10/09/12 11:40am

The Earth has a heartbeat we can see from space

The Earth pulses with a special kind of resonant wave. The Schumann Resonance has long been dubbed 'the Earth's heartbeat,' and it has only been spotted from below. Recently, though, satellites have found signs of this electromagnetic heartbeat leaking up into space. » 12/01/11 3:38pm 12/01/11 3:38pm

The tools of a real-life ghostbuster

Ghost hunting isn't just about a willingness to get sucked into a hell dimension with a grin on your face. It's an old profession that requires many different kinds of gadgets and weird devices. Check out the tools that ghostbusters have carried around, both yesterday and today. » 10/28/11 7:00am 10/28/11 7:00am

10 Things an Electromagnetic Field Can Do to Your Brain

We all know that electromagnetic fields are magic and can do anything at any time for any reason. Sometimes, though, they can be harnessed to do certain things in particular. Electromagnetic fields can be applied to the skull, making your brain do strange, and sometimes completely inexplicable things. Find out how… » 10/21/11 10:00am 10/21/11 10:00am

Can wireless electricity kill people?

Probably not. Even when it's nipping at our toes, wireless electricity is pretty safe. In 1899, Serbian engineer Nikola Tesla built a 142-foot-tall, 12-million-volt electric coil in Colorado Springs and transmitted electricity wirelessly across 25 miles, illuminating 200 lamps with the charge. After he flipped the… » 10/02/11 9:40am 10/02/11 9:40am

How the father of electromagnetism took the first color photograph 150…

This image of a tartan ribbon is the first-ever permanent color photograph, and it was taken 150 years ago yesterday by the legendary scientist James Clerk Maxwell. So just how did he create colors that would last for over a century and a half? » 5/18/11 9:00am 5/18/11 9:00am