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Tag: Science

ISS Astronauts Finally Fix Stripped Bolts and Finish Power System Repairs

ISS Astronauts Finally Fix Stripped Bolts and Finish Power System Repairs
A few weeks back I was replacing a valve cover gasket on a race car and accidentally rounded off a bolt that was in a hard-to-reach spot. I was working on that bolt in the garage and it took me hours of cursing and trips to the hardware store to…

LiftPort: The Coolest Kickstarter Project Yet?

LiftPort: The Coolest Kickstarter Project Yet?
Typically, when I hear about a project over on the crowdsourced funding website Kickstarter, we’re talking about some sort of iPhone accessory or game. A project is up on Kickstarter right now that Arthur C. Clarke would really appreciate. The project is from a company called the LiftPort Group and…
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DIY Lava Flows: Perfect for Making Volcanic S’Mores

DIY Lava Flows: Perfect for Making Volcanic S’Mores
If there’s one thing that I never thought you could turn into a DIY project, it’s lava flows. But leave it to the ingenuity of sculptor Boby Wysocki and geologist Jeff Karson at Syracuse University to create their own DIY lava project. They create molten rock, then pour it out…

Neuroscientist Invents Technology to Cure Blind Mice (and Maybe Humans)

Neuroscientist Invents Technology to Cure Blind Mice (and Maybe Humans)
A neuroscientist from New York named Dr. Sheila Nirenberg apparently has made a medical breakthrough that allowed her to restore sight to blind mice. Now these mice can see how they run thanks to the nonsurgical procedure. The procedure involves something akin to Geordi La Forge’s visor. The process that…

NASA Unveils Photo of Curiosity Parachuting Towards Mars

NASA Unveils Photo of Curiosity Parachuting Towards Mars
If you follow space and science at all, or watch the news, undoubtedly you would’ve heard by now that NASA was successful in putting the Curiosity Rover on the surface of Mars yesterday. NASA has released a cool photograph of the Curiosity rover taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The…

Aerographite is the World’s Lightest Material

Aerographite is the World’s Lightest Material
Scientists from Europe have created what they claim to be the world’s lightest material. The material is called Aerographite and is said to be 75 times lighter than styrofoam. The new material is also electrically conductive, highly compressible, and seriously black in color. The material resembles a cobweb and consists…

500 Trillion Watt Laser Would Make Doctor Evil Proud

500 Trillion Watt Laser Would Make Doctor Evil Proud
Doctor Evil always had modest dreams, all he really wanted were sharks with frickin’ laser beams on their heads. But not ones to settle for something so lame, a group of researchers at the National Ignition Facility inside the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has set a record by creating the…

The Higgs Boson Explained via Comics for Us Lesser Geeks

The Higgs Boson Explained via Comics for Us Lesser Geeks
I imagine physicists all over the world must have been titillated by the news that broke out yesterday: scientists at the CERN laboratory have discovered what they think is the Higgs Boson particle. If you want to join in their merrymaking, Jorge Cham, the creator of PhD Comics has created…

Smoking Vaccine Could Block Nicotine Buzz

Smoking Vaccine Could Block Nicotine Buzz
After working in a hospital for over a decade, I’ve been around many people that had major health problems related to smoking. Combine the health issues with the fact that smoking is just absolutely disgusting to me, I think everyone should stop smoking. Especially my UPS driver, who routinely delivers…

Researchers Produce Temperature of 7.2 Trillion Degrees, Set “World’s Hottest” Record

Researchers Produce Temperature of 7.2 Trillion Degrees, Set “World’s Hottest” Record
It’s summer in Texas, and I’ve lived here my entire life. That means I know a thing or two about hot. A group of physicists at the Brookhaven National Laboratory has landed themselves in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating a temperature that makes a Texas summer sound…

Students Set Record for Human-Powered Helicopter

Students Set Record for Human-Powered Helicopter
A team of students at the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering have been hard at work trying to perfect one of the ideas that many inventors and pioneers of aviation have tried to achieve for many, many decades. That goal is human-powered helicopter flight. The students…

Ancient Turtles Died Getting Their Freak on

Ancient Turtles Died Getting Their Freak on
Bowww-chica-boww-bowww. Scientists discovered fossils this month of ancient turtles that shows several mating pairs that went out in epic style. I imagine it went down like this, girl turtle shouts “OMG we are sinking!” Guy turtle says, “So what?” Scientists discovered the fossilized remains of nine mating pairs of an…

Scientists Create World’s Smallest Olympic Rings

Scientists Create World’s Smallest Olympic Rings
It appears that everyone is getting into the Olympic spirit, including scientific geeks at the Royal Society of Chemistry, IBM Research-Zurich and the University of Warwick. Working together, the team of scientists and researchers have created an imaged the smallest possible five-ring structure. The structure is about 100,000 times thinner…

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Has New Car Smell

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Has New Car Smell
I’ve mentioned a couple times that SpaceX was set to become the first company to send a private spacecraft to dock with the ISS. Despite several delays, all went well for SpaceX with its launch, and this weekend the company’s Dragon cargo vessel successfully docked with the International Space Station.…

Scientists Have the Technology to Recreate 170-Year-Old Beer

Scientists Have the Technology to Recreate 170-Year-Old Beer
Science never ceases to amaze me. We can clone all sorts of things today from sheep to pets and we can even grow disgusting human ears on the back of bald mice. Perhaps the best use for science ever is to re-create a 170-year-old variety of beer. The old bottle…

Scientists Grow Hair on Disgusting Bald Mouse

Scientists Grow Hair on Disgusting Bald Mouse
I know more than a few of you out there are bald. I guess it’s easy for me to say please avoid the comb over, since I’m not bald. But seriously, you aren’t fooling anyone with that haircut. Especially when the wind catches it and you end up with a…
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