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 […]

How Could We Get To Mars In Only 28 Hours?

Hey there! Welcome to Life Noggin. Everyone always wants to get to Mars. Unfortunately, the journey would be a long one, taking hundreds of days of travel with our current technology. Well, what if we could shorten that time to only a matter of days by throwing away our spaceships and using something that’s already […]

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 […]

This Synthetic DNA Factory Is Building New Forms of Life

Inside this advanced foundry, biologists, software engineers, and a fleet of automated robots are working side by side to crank up the speed of nature. They’re taking synthetic DNA, remixing it and programming microorganisms, turning these living samples into mini-factories that could one day pump out new foods, fuels, and medicines. Every piece of DNA […]

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 […]

This goofy bird vs. the fossil fuel industry

These people are on a pilgrimage. They’re in one of the most remote parts of the United States, to see something spectacular that happens every year. An icon of the American West. This is a sage grouse. And this is its mating dance. The sage grouse once numbered in the millions across this entire region. […]

The Quantum Technology in Your Pocket

You use Quantum Physics every single day as you go about your life Something you Probably Don’t realize Because When People Talk about Quantum Physics Including Me We tend to emphasize More Crazy Aspects Of it like Particles That Can Be Separated by the Size of the Universe and Still communicate With each other Instantaneously […]

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 […]

This invention could fix our unreliable power grid

This is Larry. He’s a squirrel. He likes nuts. In 2019, he went into an electric box in Kettering, Ohio. Is this a nut? It was not a nut. He broke the electric box. And caused a blackout for 20,000 people. Larry isn’t alone. Squirrels do this all the time. Here’s a map of their […]

The Extreme Physics Pushing Moore’s Law to the Next Level

We’re suiting up to take you inside a clean room that’s building an engineering marvel that’ll push the entire electronics industry to the next frontier. They’re both amazing machines and scary machines. There’s an enormous amount of complexity with them. There’s an enormous number of things that can potentially go wrong. It’s something that you don’t […]