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.
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.
Reported in Scientific American, this Week in World War I: April 22, 1916
Reported in Scientific American, this Week in World War I: August 21, 1915
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.
The synthetic material is faster to make than natural wood
"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.
The Lac-Megantic explosion and fire as captured by satellite. Courtesy of NASA The glut of new oil in North America has been accompanied by a boom in moving that petroleum by train.
Tracking Cats. A Book of Common Ants. Want to meet the mites on your forehead or the bacteria in your armpits? Get all that and more at Your Wild Life.
The gases produced when materials containing flame retardants burn may be making fires more lethal
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 [...]
A quick and simple guide to dealing with the potentially dangerous mountains in your vicinity
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.
Mercury shows new signs that it may harbor ice
These nontraditional wood alternatives can provide your home with heat sans the negative impact on the environment
Largest blazes on Earth smolder for months in Canada and Indonesia
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.
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.