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    Antifreeze Surface Fights Ice with Ice

    Patterning a surface with tiny stripes of ice prevents frost formation on the rest of the surface—a technique that could keep planes or roads frost-free. Christopher Intagliata reports.

    September 25, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata
    The Environmental Fallout of Greener Buildings

    The Environmental Fallout of Greener Buildings

    Newer homes are remarkably energy tight thanks to superior insulating materials that are in wide circulation today. The energy savings can be substantial – homeowners can use up to 60% less energy in the most efficient green homes.

    November 28, 2012 — Kalliopi Monoyios
    Tunnel Vision: Probing the Physics of Fire Ants

    Tunnel Vision: Probing the Physics of Fire Ants

    "Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise. It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, Yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." -- Proverbs 6:6-8The above proverb adorns the Web page of Nathan Mlot, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology.

    March 29, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

    When Rock Classification is not hard anymore, thank Mohs Scale of Hardness

    Talc – Gypsum – Calcite – Fluorite – Apatite – Feldspar – Quartz – Topaz – Corundum – Diamond - “Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness ” should be familiar to rock-hounds and earth-science students alike, as it lists common minerals in the order of relative hardness (talc as the softest and diamond as the hardest [...]

    January 29, 2014 — David Bressan
    Confessions from a Reluctant e-Reader Adopter

    Confessions from a Reluctant e-Reader Adopter

    How do you read? Photo by KDCosta, 2012. I'm a bibliophile. And an avid bookworm. I bring books home the way some people do stray animals—I have a soft spot for books that have been thrown away, though I have been forced to learn some restraint in recent years as a result of space considerations.

    January 9, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

    Bora's Picks (August 10th, 2012)

    Waking Up by Shara Yurkiewicz : ....Someone please tell me how to make a box in my mind and put patients into it and seal it and make the patients stay in there until I say they can come out and–actually, on second thought–maybe I’ll just never let them out.

    August 10, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic
    The X Factor: Solar storms and life as we know it

    The X Factor: Solar storms and life as we know it

    Back in February 2011 the Sun underwent a so-called X class solar flare event, prompting the following Life, Unbounded post. I thought I'd bring it out to air again in light of the solar flare events happening right now, and the potential for some disruption of our Earthly activities.

    August 9, 2011 — Caleb A. Scharf