Author Archives: Adam

How photonics can reshape the spectrum of light, and rehabilitate Edison’s light bulb along the way

A nanophotonic incandescent light bulb demonstrates the ability to tailor light radiated by a hot object. Credit: MIT Traditional light bulbs, thought to be well on their way to oblivion, may receive a reprieve thanks to a technological breakthrough. Incandescent lighting and its warm, familiar glow is well over a century old yet survives virtually unchanged in homes around the ... Read More »

Radical Islamic State preacher Musa Cerantonio breaks silence

Musa Cerantonio has broken his silence after bring in hiding for the past 18 months. Source: News Limited The Melbourne-born man was raised by a Catholic family and was a star on the footy field. He has previously been described as friendly and studious and has a beard that would not look out of place on one of the city’s ... Read More »

Single molecule detection of contaminants, explosives or diseases now possible

Artistic illustration showing an ultrasensitive detection platform termed slippery liquid infused porous surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SLIPSERS). In this platform, an aqueous or oil droplet containing gold nanoparticles and captured …more A technique that combines the ultrasensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with a slippery surface invented by Penn State researchers will make it feasible to detect single molecules of a ... Read More »

Argentinian president under fire for ‘anti-democratic’ decrees

Mauricio Macri’s government defends ‘emergency’ moves to appoint supreme court judges and rip up media law Mauricio Macri had promised a new era of political amity. Photograph: Nicolas Celaya/Xinhua Press/Corbis When Argentina’s new president Mauricio Macri assumed office last month, he did so with a promise to observe the rules of democracy and to open dialogue with the opposition, casting ... Read More »

Villarreal flying high, Neville’s Valencia beaten

Villarreal stayed hard on the heels of the La Liga leaders when a Cedric Bakambu double secured a 2-0 win at home to Sporting Gijon on Sunday as Gary Neville was again denied a debut victory with Valencia in Spain’s top flight. Villarreal occupy Spain’s fourth Champions League qualification berth with half the season played, the position Valencia and Singapore ... Read More »

Italian police open murder inquiry into death of American woman

Body of Ashley Ann Olsen was found in Florence flat with marks on neck, say investigators piecing together her last movements Ashley Ann Olsen was found dead in her apartment on Saturday. Photograph: Ashley Ann Olsen/Instagram. Police in Florence have launched a murder inquiry after an American woman well known in the city’s artistic neighbourhood was found dead in her ... Read More »

Donald considered quitting golf after confidence crisis

Golf – The British Masters – Woburn Golf Club – 10/10/15England’s Luke DonaldAction Images / Alex Morton/Files Former world number one Luke Donald considered quitting professional golf last May after a slump in form and a crisis of confidence dropped him out of the world’s top 50 for the first time in more than a decade. The 38-year-old Englishman topped ... Read More »

El Chapo extradition sought by US after Mexicans recapture drug lord

Attorney general says Joaquín Guzmán’s fate partially sealed by his desire to make a film about his life Mexican authorities hold drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán. Photograph: Enrique Perez Huerta/Demotix/Corbis The fugitive drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán allegedly contributed to his capture by attempting to make a film about his rags-to-riches rise to the top of one of ... Read More »

Bouchard heads to Melbourne Park with low expectations

Tennis – Aegon International – Devonshire Park, Eastbourne – 23/6/15Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard during a press conference after victory in the second roundAction Images via Reuters / Henry BrowneLivepic/Files Former golden girl Eugenie Bouchard is heading into the Australian Open with “zero expectations” of success after a year plagued by injury and poor form. Following a breakout year in 2014, the ... Read More »

Sean Penn reveals interview with fugitive drug baron El Chapo

Actor and activist Sean Penn turned gonzo journalist and got an interview with the world’s most wanted man, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, just after the Mexican drug baron escaped from a maximum-security prison, it has emerged. At his hideouts in the impenetrable hills of western Mexico, Guzmán told the Hollywood star about his drugs business, rags-to-riches life story and how ... Read More »