Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam!

Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam!

The simplest way to project an image onto a screen is with a pinhole. What the heck is a pinhole? It’s a hole so tiny it has to be made with a pin. See, science isn’t that hard. People have been building image viewers with this trick for hundreds of years; it was originally known…

Space Photos of the Week: Happy Birthday, Hubble!

Space Photos of the Week: Happy Birthday, Hubble!

NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope on April 24, 1990, and Hubble has been busy observing the universe ever since. In honor of its 30th birthday, we’ll explore some of its most memorable and mind-blowing photos, starting with the anniversary photo. This image contains two nebulas both nicknamed the Cosmic Reef. When stars are born…

Baseball and Sci-Fi Make Quite the Team

Baseball and Sci-Fi Make Quite the Team

Skip Article Header. Skip to: Start of Article. The film Field of Dreams is based on W.P. Kinsella’s 1982 novel Shoeless Joe. Universal/AlamyScience fiction author Rick Wilber is best known for writing about baseball, including a series of alternate history stories about real-life catcher-turned-spy Moe Berg. Wilber’s preoccupation with the game is understandable given his…

Spies Say Covid-19 Isn’t a Manmade

Spies Say Covid-19 Isn’t a Manmade

The full repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic will be felt for years, but one more immediate ripple is already occurring. Microsoft this week shared research that shows how ransomware hackers are seizing on this moment of uncertainty, springing traps that were laid months ago.The novel coronavirus has also sparked a debate over voting by mail,…

The Hype Cycle for Chloroquine Is Eerily Familiar

The Hype Cycle for Chloroquine Is Eerily Familiar

It now appears that the “invisible enemy,” as President Trump calls Covid-19, will not be routed by hydroxychloroquine, the 70-year-old malarial drug that he and his media allies repeatedly hyped as a potential miracle cure. A preliminary study based on clinical data from researchers in several countries found “no evidence” that hydroxychloroquine is a useful…