Category archives for Science

Top airports for spreading germs ID’d

U.S. airports that are hubs and are connected to lots of other hubs, such as Honolulu International and JFK, excel at spreading infectious diseases that originate in the airport’s home city   An infectious disease that really wants to go global would do well boarding planes at JFK or LAX, according to a new computer […]

Top 10 Feats of Engineering

Feats of Engineering   It’s easy to take good engineering for granted. After all, it’s the bad engineering that gets the headlines: bridges falling down, buildings falling apart, tunnels collapsing.When done right, good engineering can be beautiful to look at or beautifully functional or just amazing in its scale. Here’s our tribute to a few […]

Top 10 Nostradamus Predictions

Nostradamus Predictions   Michel de Nostredame (aka Nostradamus) was a 16th-century French “seer.” We don’t have many seers these days. Nostradamus studied astrology and various “occult” sciences and used those to predict the future. He’s best known for The Prophecies, a collection of French quatrains published in 1555. So are these prophecies worthy predictions of […]

Top 10 Scientific Discoveries Coming in 2012

Top 10 Scientific Discoveries Coming in 2012   Science has spoiled us. Whether it’s a new planet that seems a lot like Earth, wireless technology innovations or the cloning of extinct creatures, we have become accustomed to brilliant minds bringing us new wonders. It’s hard to understand them, or even keep up. So we have […]

Top 10 Nostradamus Predictions

Michel de Nostredame (aka Nostradamus) was a 16th-century French “seer.” We don’t have many seers these days. Nostradamus studied astrology and various “occult” sciences and used those to predict the future. He’s best known for The Prophecies, a collection of French quatrains published in 1555. So are these prophecies worthy predictions of the future or […]

Awesome New Electronics Can Dissolve and Disappear When They’re No Longer Needed

“Transient electronics” could deliver drugs, monitor buildings and more. Could they be an eco-friendly solution for obsolescent tech? Dissolving Circuit As soon as it comes in contact with water, the circuit starts to break down. Fiorenzo Omenetto A new class of electronics can dissolve and disappear on a pre-set schedule, within a few minutes or […]

The Wellcome Collection’s Best Science Photography Of 2012

The best of the 2012 Wellcome Image Awards take viewers under the microscope, under the human cranium, and inside an avian embryo. Caffeine Crystals Captured in false-color scanning electron micrography, these caffeine crystals are just 40 microns in length. ANNIE CAVANAGH AND DAVID MCCARTHY via Wellcome Images View Photo Gallery Wellcome Images owns one of […]

Russia is Building the World’s Largest Nuclear-Powered Icebreaker

As global warming softens ice in the arctic, Russia hopes to carve new sea lanes with the biggest ‘universal’ nuclear powered icebreaker the world has ever seen A Russian Icebreaker Towing an American Supply Vessel in Antarctica, 2006 via Wikimedia Russia already has a huge fleet of both diesel-powered and even nuclear icebreakers, but it […]

Microsoft Dodges $210,000 Fine By Wasting Millions Of Watts Of Electricity

After overestimating its energy needs, the software giant allegedly strong-armed a small-town utility into reducing a six-figure penalty by threatening to needlessly burn millions of watts. Facebook’s Massive Prineville, Ore., Data Center Server farms like these contain all of the data users store in “the cloud,” putting huge strains on local, usually small-town power grids. […]

Brilliant 10: Greg Nielson Shrinks Solar Cells To The Size Of Glitter

The same output of electricity, now with 100 times less silicon Greg Nielson Courtesy Greg Nielson Greg Nielson pushes a small jar full of rubbing alcohol across his desk at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. In the jar float shiny Solar Cells the size of glitter. “If you have panels of these on top […]

Your Clothes Could Soon Scrub Pollution Directly From The Air

A new laundry additive turns ordinary garments into wearable air-scrubbers that pull nitrogen oxides from the atmosphere. Field of Jeans CatClo works particularly well on denim. DED Associates Your washing machine and dryer are both energy intensive machines, but soon your rinse cycle could start giving something back. A liquid laundry additive called “CatClo” (for […]

A New Rooftop Coating Makes Buildings ‘Sweat’ To Cut Cooling Costs

By absorbing moisture when it rains and expelling it as vapor when it becomes warm, buildings can essentially sweat just like humans. Sweating Rooftops In tests on model homes using an infrared camera, the house on the right (covered in the “sweating” polymer) remains cool while the house on the left (covered in a regular […]