How Do Fireworks Get Their Glorious Colors?

Behind the scenes of the dazzling light shows that make spectators "Ooh!" and "Ahh!" on the Fourth of July, are carefully crafted fireworks. Whether red, white and blue fountains or bursts of purple sparks, each firework is packed with just the right mix of chemicals to create these colorful lights. Inside each firework is something called an...

The World Is on the Brink of an Electric Car Revolution

The internal combustion engine had a good run. It has helped propel cars — and thus humanity — forward for more than 100 years. But a sea change is afoot that is forecast to kick gas-powered vehicles to the curb, replacing them with cars that run on batteries. A flurry of news this week underscores just...

‘Atomic Fingerprinting’ Tech Could End Counterfeit Goods

In the sophisticated world of counterfeiting, it can often be difficult to tell fakes from the real deal. But now, scientists have developed a new method that can stamp things with "atomic fingerprints" to keep phony products at bay. "There is no bigger crime than counterfeit crime," said Robert Young, a professor of physics at Lancaster...

AT&T Might Pull The Plug On Landline Service In Illinois

The Illinois General Assembly passed a bill that could allow AT&T to phase out its landline services in the state, but the FCC has yet to approve the law. AT&T Illinois president Paul La Schiazza said that the company won't be pulling the plug anytime soon “It's important for our Illinois customers to know that traditional...

Oozing Methane Blasts Holes in Siberian Tundra

Escaping methane gas has blown at least two new holes in the Siberian tundra in the past few months, according to eyewitness accounts to the Siberian Times and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Reindeer herders northwest of the village of Seyakha in Siberia's far north reported seeing an eruption of fire and smoke on the morning...