Want to charge your phone while moving around? This Stanford lab can help

Wireless charging has been a dream of researchers for decades — Nikola Tesla to Tesla Motors. Now, scientists at Stanford University say you may be able to charge your smartphone on the run in the not-too-distant future. The engineers have developed a way to transfer power via a magnetic field into a LED light bulb...

The lionfish zapper hits the open seas

The America’s Cup sailing race kicked off this week in Bermuda, but a month ago, a different type of competition was held in the island’s lucid waters. It was a contest that pitted chef against chef and robot against beast. Last August, NewsHour reported on a robot being developed to stop lionfish, an invasive species...

How Mother Nature and a Pentagon mathematician created the world’s largest instrument

Deep inside Virginia’s Luray Caverns, a song rises above the steady drip-drip-drip of water echoing upon limestone. The tune emanates not from an cellphone ignored by a visiting tourist, but from an acoustical oddity: the Great Stalacpipe Organ. Technically, this stalacpipe organ is not an organ at all, but a percussion instrument known as a...

Even moderate drinking may expedite brain decline

Imbibing just a handful of beers a week is associated with long-term changes to a person’s brain, a new study finds — although the functional meaning of these changes is unclear. Why it matters: While it’s widely accepted that drinking too much is bad for you, conventional wisdom — and the government’s dietary guidelines — says...

Why more dust storms and Valley fever are blanketing the Southwest

Giant dust storms are sweeping the southwestern United States more frequently. Why? Rising sea temperatures, according to a study published in the journal of Geophysical Research Letters. The study also links the rise in dust storms with an 800 percent increase in cases of Valley fever, a rare fungal lung infection. This cascade of events “could...