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 […]

The World’s Seafloor Is Rapidly Dissolving, Here’s Why

Welcome to a very special week, where we’re joining The Swim to raise awareness around ocean health. Now climate change may call to mind: clouds of gases, smog blanketing cities, and rising temperatures around the globe. But it has also has many profound impacts on our oceans too–like the fact that climate change is literally […]

Why graphene hasn’t taken over the world…yet

– [Cory] It may not look like it, but I’m creating one of the strongest and most versatile materials on Earth, graphene. You’ve probably heard buzz about it. Graphene made big waves back in 2004, and it’s knocked around science news ever since. – A global race for graphene. – You know, it’s not just […]

NASA’s WFIRST Space Telescope Will Offer an Unprecedented Look at the Universe

You may have heard that it’s not smart to look directly at the Sun, and that’s for good reason—it’s pretty bad for you. But it turns out that stars can be problematic in a similar way when we’re looking out into space: their glare can stop us from seeing the stuff we want to see. […]

Could Injecting Carbon Into the Earth Save Our Planet?

Iceland: the land of majestic waterfalls, black sands, sparkling glaciers, and… maybe one of the world’s wildest solutions for solving climate change? Nestled beside the majestic hills of southwestern Iceland, are a series of huge pods capable of taking CO2 that’s been snatched from the air and injecting it into underground stones, where the gas […]

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 […]

Why Don’t We Have Functional Biofuel Yet?

Over the last several decades, we’ve poured billions of dollars into biofuel research…so why can’t you fill up with it at the gas station yet? Where are the biofuels?! After all, the gas you put in your car is essentially an ancient biofuel: it used to be organic matter—mostly algae, actually—that over millions of years […]

NASA’s Exoplanet Hunter Is Getting Us One Step Closer To Another Earth, Here’s How

The results are in, my friends:  NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite has identified over 850 candidate exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system, some of which have the potential to support life. TESS, that hardworking gal, has been on this exoplanet-hunting mission for over a year. And not only has this satellite exceeded the wildest dreams […]

Diamond Nuclear Batteries Are Forever… Sort Of

Since the early 1900s, researchers have been working on ways to turn radioactive material into an electric current that lasts.. for decades. Yeah, that’s right. We’re talking about nuclear batteries! This class of batteries is known as betavoltaics, and they’re powered by the beta-decay of a radioactive material—hence the name. Beta particles are basically just […]

How These Self-Aware Robots Are Redefining Consciousness

I think there’s a valid concern that maybe we’re giving machines too much power. Maybe we don’t want machines to be self-aware. In my opinion, everybody should understand that this technology is around the corner. Your children, your grandchildren are going to be living in a world where there are machines  that are on par and possibly […]