By Ryan BradleyPosted 05.03.2012 at 10:15 am 35 Comments
Not really, but urine has been a faddish health drink for centuries nonetheless. Celts in the Iberian peninsula gargled it to whiten their teeth about 50 years before Christ; amaroli is a Sanskrit word that refers to urine therapy, which in ancient Ayurvedic practice meant imbibing urine in the morning, mid stream; Proverbs 5:15 is thought to be in support of the act ("Drink waters from thy own cistern, flowing water from thy own well"); and J.D. Salinger famously sipped his own, as did the former prime minister of India, Morarji Desai, who even appeared on 60 Minutes to defend his habit.
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Most people probably don’t think of Corning as a crime fighting company, but when it sold its Pyrex brand to World Kitchen in 1998, the company accidentally made the illegal manufacture of crack cocaine more difficult—a fascinating example of unintended consequences.
Ordinary glass shatters if it’s heated too quickly: Pour boiling water into a common flintglass tumbler, and it’s likely to fall apart seconds later. The glass on the inside expands when it gets hot, putting stress on the cold glass on the outside. When the stress gets too great, it cracks.
By Caitlin KearneyPosted 04.14.2011 at 12:06 pm 2 Comments
A week before last December’s massive floods in Queensland, Australia, volunteers from the Australian Bat Clinic and Wildlife Trauma Centre rescued 150 orphaned grey-headed flying foxes, these five among them.
Hackers took only a few weeks to unlock the new AppleTV's operating system. Apple wants you to use the $100 aTV2 to watch video from your computer on your TV and to buy movies exclusively from iTunes. But with the "jailbreak," you can stream video from any app, not just iTunes, and add homegrown software to get extras like a Web browser and a weather interface. Look for many more tweaks this year as well. Here's how to unlock your aTV2, plus a few other tricks.
Today we celebrate five decades of secrets, lies, and half-truths from space agencies
By Jim ObergPosted 04.12.2011 at 10:15 am 2 Comments
On April 12, 1961, the United States awoke to the news of the successful space flight of Russian “cosmonaut” (a recently coined Russian word) Yuri Gagarin. Television broadcasts showed exuberant crowds filling the streets in Moscow before cutting to grim-faced NASA officials. Even if America was a step behind our sworn enemy, a human being had returned from space. It was thrilling.
A dozen great ideas in gear, from a shatter-resistant HDTV to a pen that automatically saves your notes in the cloud.
By Caitlin Kearney and Brett ZardaPosted 04.11.2011 at 10:56 am 0 Comments
Every month we search far and wide to bring you a dozen of the best new ideas in gear. These gadgets are the first, the best and the latest.
Click here to dive in to a gallery of our favorite gadgets from this month:
By Katherine TweedPosted 04.11.2011 at 10:09 am 1 Comment
It will probably be years until the electrical grid saves us money and power by telling our appliances to switch on during cheaper low-demand hours. But you don't need to wait—these intelligent devices make their own decisions right now.
Nearly a decade ago, NASA built an Earth-monitoring satellite that could have observed global warming in action. Then the agency stashed it in a warehouse in Maryland, where it remains to this day.
By Bill DonahuePosted 04.06.2011 at 12:28 pm 50 Comments
It all began so hopefully. Al Gore proposed the satellite in 1998, at the National Innovation Summit at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gazing skyward from the podium, the vice president described a spacecraft that would travel a full million miles from Earth to a gravity-neutral spot known as the L1 Lagrangian point, where it would remain fixed in place, facing the sunlit half of our planet. It would stream back to NASA video of our spherical home, and the footage would be broadcast continuously over the Web.
By Adam WaytzPosted 04.05.2011 at 3:03 pm 2 Comments
Yes, but not at all precisely. In 1881, the British economist Francis Edgeworth envisioned a “hedonimeter” that would measure economic utility by “continually registering the height of pleasure experienced by an individual.”
By D.M. LevinePosted 04.05.2011 at 10:59 am 5 Comments
Telematics, a mash-up of telecommunications and informatics, is the science of scanning the world with wireless devices to extract data, sending this data to a computer network, and using the information to do anything from tracking packages to monitoring the highway speed of grocery trucks. UPS relies heavily on telematics, as does GM with its OnStar navigation system. The federal government could do a better job of capitalizing on the science, according to Michael J. Ravnitzky. So he started thinking about one of the largest mobile networks on Earth: the post office.