Researchers take a first step toward harnessing the small energy sources found in cages around the world
By M. FarbmanPosted 02.23.2009 at 12:18 pm 5 Comments
Researchers believe they have conducted the first instance of an animal producing current with nano-generators, by harnessing the power of exercising hamsters. Plus -- the answer to the question that has weighed on the greatest minds for generations: how many hamsters does it take to power a cell phone?
Also in today's links: where American ideas come from, where methane in the Arctic is going, and more.
By M. FarbmanPosted 02.20.2009 at 11:14 am 0 Comments
Particle accelerator smackdown! Scientists working on Fermilab's Tevatron have been talking some smack (in the politest of terms), saying they have a good shot at finding the elusive Higgs boson before the currently out-of-commission Large Hadron Collider does.
Also in today's links: a map of emissions, why not to keep chimps as pets (besides the now-obvious), and more.
By M. FarbmanPosted 02.19.2009 at 11:35 am 4 Comments
Hell on earth in America can be found in North Carolina, where soldiers go through a process called "stress inoculation," and one researcher found what makes the Special Forces so special.
Also in today's links: bugs in love, and more.
By M. FarbmanPosted 02.18.2009 at 10:10 am 9 Comments
A class in creation studies at Liberty University appears to be as strange as one might expect. Best quote on the subject: "If a frog turns into a prince with a kiss then it's a fairy tale. If a frog turns into a prince over millions of years, it's science," says the director of the school's center for creation studies. "It's almost ridiculous."
Also in today's links: cell phone projectors, the next e-reader, and more.
Revulsion comes from more predictable places -- like articles about the disgusting things the FDA allows in your food. For instance, what is the acceptable number of fly eggs that can be found in a glass of tomato juice? (Hint: the answer isn't "zero.")
Also in today's links: trees transform plastics, Google plans to transform the energy sector, and more.
Prosthetic arms improve; narwhal tusks are as neat as ever
By M. FarbmanPosted 02.11.2009 at 11:01 am 0 Comments
This video of narwhals migrating through channels in the Arctic ice does not need the dramatic music to be astounding. These are some very elegant creatures.
Also in today's links: watching for post-partum psychosis, picking apart more fossilized dung, and predicting Amazonian fires.
Wonder animal tastes good, provides milk, lubricates your engine
By M. FarbmanPosted 02.09.2009 at 11:00 am 5 Comments
A company has developed an engine oil made from beef tallow, which is currently sold for two- and four-cycle engines and auto racing, but is pending approval for use in cars. I'm curious, though, how beef tallow is otherwise used or disposed of. If you know, post a comment below.
Also in today's links: communities plot their futures, and how we know your best judgment prompted you to read this. Plus, amazing pictures.