Stephen Ornes' Articles
- Lightning packs a wallop in the morning. The most powerful lightning strikes in the continental United States usually peak before noon.
- Scientists in South Korea have developed a fabric that captures energy from its wearer’s motions and turns it into electricity.
- Audiences are getting smarter, so the makers of movies, TV shows and video games are responding by enlisting scientists to make everything on screen appear even more authentic.
- Alkali metals explode in water. Using high-speed cameras, scientists have finally figured out why.
- The blood-brain barrier gets leakier with age. That breakdown could contribute to memory problems.
- Newly analyzed fossils suggest snakes lived at the same time as the golden age of dinosaurs. These early snakes appear to have had flexible skulls and likely also had four small limbs.
- The speed of light is often called a “constant.” Experiments now show that light doesn't always reach its top speed.
- Scientists have designed a problem-solving process that allows a computer to win at a kind of poker. It gives a computer enough knowledge to win against any opponent — eventually.
- A study on twins suggests that environmental factors can shape a person's immune system more than genes do.
- Scientists suspect the current Ebola outbreak started with bats that lived in a hollow tree in Guinea. The outbreak's first victim, a two-year-old boy, often played in the tree.