Is Earth's infrared radiation a potential energy source?

At any given moment, our planet bleeds 100 million gigawatts of infrared radiation back into space. Needless to say, converting this wasted heat to a renewable energy source would be a sure-fire game changer. Physicists from Harvard University may have just figured out how to do it. » 3/04/14 12:20pm 3/04/14 12:20pm

The Earth Looks Gorgeously Fragile in Infrared

Our planet looks very different, when viewed in infrared light from space. Astronaut Don Pettit shoots footage of huge swathes of our planet from the International Space Station — first using a regular camera, and then using a camera that films in infrared. Take a look at glowing red forests and strangely blue lakes. » 5/11/12 12:40pm 5/11/12 12:40pm

This butterfly could hold the secret to letting you see in the dark

The opalescent wings of the Morpho butterfly embody a perfect marriage of aesthetic beauty and biological functionality. Scientists believe that a better understanding of this creature's wings and their chemical makeup could have big implications for imaging technologies like night vision goggles that rely on sensing… » 2/15/12 12:00pm 2/15/12 12:00pm

Nearby super-Earth might be the Predator's real-life home planet

This newly discovered planet is just 22 light-years away. Its discoverers are calling it the "new best candidate" to support water, and possibly life. The planet's unique features could even make it the ideal home for creatures like the Predator! » 2/02/12 3:02pm 2/02/12 3:02pm