Continents Are Cracking, What Will They Look Like in the Future?

You’re probably too young to remember, but at one point, almost all the Earth’s landmass was clumped into one gigantic supercontinent called Pangea. Land was like you and your friends from high school: one tightly knit bunch. But then you graduate, people move away, you lose touch, and suddenly it’s 250 million years later and […]

This Nuclear Robot Could Tunnel for Alien Life on Europa

Right now, you’re looking at a rendering of a nuclear-powered tunneling robot designed to find life on Europa. Look at that big ol’ alaskan bull worm! At the American Geophysical Union’s conference in December 2018, scientists gathered from around the world to present their concepts for future space missions. There were dragonfly inspired drones for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

How This Rare Natural Fission Reactor Could Solve Our Nuclear Waste Problem

Two billion years ago, the earth’s geology came together to spontaneously and naturally form what was essentially a nuclear fission reactor. It operated stably for about a million years, and its radioactive waste has been safely contained–again, totally naturally–for millions of years since. Surely we can learn from this, right? And also this DEFINITELY sounds […]

How Close Are We to Fusion Energy?

Coal is dirty. Nuclear is scary. Solar and wind aren’t always reliable. Hydrothermal and hydroelectric aren’t widely accessible. And we’ll eventually deplete our oil reserves. Okay, yes, this is all a bit of hyperbole, but the bottom line is that we don’t have a perfect source of energy. But, there might be hope. Around the […]

We’re One Step Closer to a Space Elevator

A space elevator is one of those ideas that sounds ultra crazy at first but when you learn more about it, it still sounds absolutely crazy but you can see the upsides. It’s exactly what it sounds like, a giant elevator that you get in down here on earth and step off of in freaking […]

German Scientists Just Tested NASA’s EM Drive… Does It Work Now?

The idea of being able to get around space as easily as we get around in our cars is a dream many have grasped at, but none have achieved so far (although not for lack of trying: Elon, I’m looking at you). We’ve covered the so-called impossible drive several times on this channel. And according […]