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      July 1, 2018Cognition

      The Introspection Illusion

      September 25, 2018Engineering

      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...
      Antifreeze Surface Fights Ice with Ice
      July 3, 2009Sustainability

      Bombs bursting in air: What's in those Fourth of July fireworks, anyway?

      Red, white and blue aside, how green will this weekend’s firework festivities be? Not very, argue some.

      The dazzling displays owe their colors to traces of metal compounds: strontium for red, aluminum or magnesium for white, copper for blue and barium for green...
      November 28, 2012Sustainability

      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...
      March 29, 2013The Sciences

      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...
      January 29, 2014The Sciences

      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 9, 2012The Sciences

      Confessions from a Reluctant e-Reader Adopter

      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...
      July 4, 2013The Sciences

      Why Fireworks Depend on Geology

      America is about to blow up a bunch of stuff for its 237th birthday. I love it! Who doesn't love fireworks? Well, aside from my childhood dog, who invariably hid under the bed in cowering terror...
      July 10, 2013Sustainability

      Are Pipelines Safer Than Railroads for Carrying Oil?

      The glut of new oil in North America has been accompanied by a boom in moving that petroleum by train. Railway traffic of crude oil in tankers has more than doubled in volume since 2011—and such transport led to tragedy in the early hours of July 6...
      August 10, 2012Sustainability

      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...
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