A young scientist’s quest for clean water | Deepika Kurup

Every summer, my family and I travel across the world, 3,000 miles away to the culturally diverse country of India. Now, India is a country infamous for its scorching heat and humidity. For me, the only relief from this heat is to drink plenty of water. Now, while in India, my parents always remind me […]

This Superfluid Is Alive, And It Could Power Machines of the Future

Bacteria are everywhere, and they’re incredibly versatile. They can get us sick, they’re essential good guys in our digestive system…and they almost defy the laws of physics to create a fluid that basically could power a perpetual motion machine?? I didn’t see that coming. Ok, some vocab here. For fluids, friction is expressed as viscosity: […]

Why Are Leaves Green? Part 1

You’ve probably learned that leaves are green because they’re full of a green molecule called chlorophyll – it’s the reason for the greenness of plants, from moss-green moss to grass-green grass to ever-green evergreens. And the reason chlorophyll is so incredibly popular–showing up in nearly every plant on Earth–is that it’s good at soaking up […]

Why Scientists Used Graphene Nanoribbons to Engineer Bionic Mushrooms

Imagine the world…powered by mushrooms. No, I’m not on drugs, this is an actual scientific thing–we’ve now invented mushrooms that produce electricity, no fossil fuels required. Let me explain: researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology just created what they’re calling a bionic mushroom—a fungus they’ve modified to produce electricity! It really is basically any […]

Scientists’ Crazy Plan to Power Solar Panels with E. Coli

Solar panels have amazing promise, but serious limitations. They’re expensive to produce, and it’s in the name–you need sun to power them. What if there were a way to make solar panels cheaper AND functional even in places with limited sun? And what if I told you the key to this is…bacteria? I know! Color […]

Aliens under the Ice – Life on Rogue Planets

Rogue planets are planets that travel through the universe alone. They inhabit the dark and vast space between the stars. Drifting alone through eternal darkness, no light warms their surfaces, and they’re exposed to the freezing cold of outer space. They know no seasons, no days, and no nights, which could give away the passing […]