These Liquid-Repelling Materials Defy Nature’s Design, Here’s How

I remember watching this video online and being mesmerized. The more liquid they spilled on the items the more I thought “how was this even working?, what’s going on here?” This is a superhydrophobic coating with properties that are seemingly impossible. But this material science field is making some exciting developments with materials that are […]

Cold War Nuclear Fallout Is Still Affecting the Pacific, What Does That Mean for Us?

These nuclear weapon explosions were part of a series of 66 tests by the United States government during the Cold War. The tests were conducted on the Marshall Islands, a remote area of the Pacific Ocean earmarked for unlimited nuclear destruction. These are the islands today, which are mostly abandoned. Though they look like any […]

What Does Nuclear Fallout Do To Your Body?

Fallout is everywhere, NO not the game. Or the Boy. Or… NO. Just the nuclear kind! Seven blessings friends, Trace here for DNews. Nuclear fallout is an inevitable side-effect of nuclear disaster. When a nuclear weapon is detonated (or a nuclear power plant has its worst day ever) radioactive dust is thrown into the atmosphere […]

Why It’s So Hard to Capture CO2 From the Air

The Earth’s climate is shifting, and it’s our fault. Not Seeker, specifically, I mean humans in general. We’re digging up and burning sources of carbon that otherwise would have been locked away within the Earth, adding it to our atmosphere and driving average global temperatures up. So why don’t we take the carbon from the […]

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A Weird New Way To Extend Your Phone Battery

If you’re sick of your phone’s battery dying when you need it most, there might be good news around the corner. Scientists are working on a weird new way to make your battery last longer. Hey guys, Amy here on DNews, and if you’re anything like me you use your phone for a lot more […]

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: […]

Can We Launch Nuclear Waste Into the Sun? Why This is a Terrible Idea

When I look at the Sun, I don’t see a warm life-giving orb, nourishing all living creatures here on Earth. No, I see that fiery ball as a cosmic garbage compactor. A place I can dump all my household garbage, to make room for new impulse purchases. I mean, the Sun is right there, not […]

How Uranium Becomes Nuclear Fuel

There’s a lot of talk about nuclear technology, what with Iran and Fukushima and Green Energy being thrown around every day. But how do we even MAKE nuclear fuel? Howdy atomic children, Trace here for DNews… Despite the controversy they often raise, nuclear power plants are a huge source of energy. The Environmental Protection Agency […]

Can We Power the World With a Single Energy Grid?

If you look at a map of the US power grid, it looks like a spider web blanketing the entire country. It’s a patchwork that formed after communities that got their power locally were slowly stitched together to create a massive network. So could we scale that up even bigger? Could we connect the entire […]