How a small town in Finland leads the world on climate change – BBC World Service, The Documentary

This is my team who works for the climate change mitigation. We do it every Thursday. We jump in the freezing river… and then we feel so good. It feels so good because it makes you feel alive. Nothing else makes you feel this good you’re part of nature, you have all the power in […]

Carbon Dioxide Is Not the Worst Greenhouse Gas, Meet SF6

If we’re going to stave off the worst impacts of climate change, we’re going to have to break our dependency on greenhouse gas emitting energy sources like fossil fuels. But could a switch to more renewable sources like wind and solar power actually emit more of the most potent greenhouse gas there is? The gas […]

A New Theory Reveals Why Tabby’s Star Looks So Bizarre

There’s an unsolved mystery out there in space. One of many, to be sure, but this is one that some people really want to blame on aliens because we haven’t had a stronger explanation. I’m talking about Boyajian’s star, or KIC 8462852 and some new observations that may have just given us the information we […]

Could Ultracapacitors Realize Their Full Potential…With Laxatives?

Supercapacitors present an amazing opportunity to move away from batteries and into a world where almost instant charging is the norm. But their drawbacks mean we can’t use them widely…yet. Experiments with a new class of materials that are related to soap and laxatives (yes, laxatives) could bring us one step closer to a world […]

Scientists Just Fit Our Universe in a Box…Wait What

This is the universe in a box. Dark matter, supermassive black holes, galaxies, stars, magnetic fields—our universe, trapped in a cube. Well some of it, anyway. What this really is is our most advanced simulation of the universe and its evolution ever. This very impressive feat is the result of a project called Illustris—The Next […]

This Fluoride Battery Could Mean Phone Batteries That Last a Week

Lithium ion batteries changed our world by delivering us hours of energy in a small lightweight package. But ya know what, my phone battery only lasts a day and THAT’S NOT ENOUGH! I NEED MORE!!! Luckily, scientists are already on it, and have been working for decades on a new battery design that could could […]

We Could Harvest Electricity from Human Tears, This Is How It Works

They say there’s no use crying over spilled milk but it turns out tears can have a use after all; generating electricity. Well more accurately an enzyme in tears, lysozyme, can be used to generate a tiny amount of electricity. Lysozyme is also found in saliva, mucus, egg whites, and milk, so spilled milk seems […]

Could Zapping Your Brain With Electricity Improve Your Memory?

Do you have memories you wish you could hold onto forever? Do you sometimes feel like they’re getting less vibrant? That’s probably because our working memory starts to decline as soon as our late twenties! Oh my god it’s all downhill from here, isn’t it? But new neuroscience research says that electrical stimulation could drastically […]

Stopping Electricity – Faraday Cages

In 1755, Benjamin Franklin, curious about the workings of electricity, began testing various hypotheses. In one of his experiments, Franklin took an electrified silver can and dangled an uncharged cork ball (attached to a non-conductive silk string) into the can. The cork ball was not attracted to the interior of the electrified can. Puzzled, Franklin […]

These Strange Metals Could Make Electronics Perfectly Efficient

Want 100% efficiency electronics? How about levitating transportation? Faster supercomputers? Duh-duh-nuh-nuh!!! Superconductors to the rescue! As long as the world you live in is close to absolute zero, that is. See, superconductors are materials with all of these amazing potential applications…but the conditions required for them to work are pretty extreme. It’s gonna take a […]