Using Flying Carpets to Light the World

Researchers just developed ‘a whole new world’ of energy efficiency – flying carpets.A team from Caltech and Northrup Grumman want to develop solar-catching carpets and send 2,500 of them into earth’s orbit.According to the U.N. Development Programme, a quarter of the Earth’s population lacks access to a reliable source of electricity. Of those people, more than half don’t...

Japan Embraces the Sweet Smell of Sewage Trucks

Sewage just got sweeter in Japan.Four Osaka-based sewage companies joined forces on new technology to mask odors emanating from their trucks. The companies announced the rancid trucks would now emit a chocolate fragrance instead.Yamamoto Fragrance and industrial products manufacturer Shikibo created “Deo Magic” deodorizer in 2011. That deodorizer has now been put into the lubricating oil used in...

Sørvágsvatn, the Lake That Tricks You With an Optical Illusion

For centuries, humans have been fascinated by optical illusions. It’s even more fascinating when these illusions appear in nature.Lake Sørvágsvatn gives travelers different angles, leading it to be dubbed an illusion-causing lake. The lake, also known asLeitisvatn Lake, sits as the largest lake on Island Vágar of the Faroe Islands.Lake Sørvágsvatn proves that perspective matters. The below picture, taken...

Massive, 70 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprint Found in Gobi Desert

Japanese scientists found another footprint of evolution. They discovered a 106-centimeter footprint in the Gobi Desert.Once examined, the find from the Mongolian desert dated back 70 million years.Ishigaki posed laying beside the fossilized footprintThe Gobi has always been a cradle of fossil treasures. Paleontologists have discovered dinosaur skeletons, footprints, eggs, prehistoric stone implements, even early mammals there. The researchers of...

Move Over Spider-Man, and Make Room for… Silkworm-Man?

Peter Parker might have competition (at least, the spiders who bit him do).Researchers in China have strengthened the silkworm’s threading by feeding them graphene. Graphene is single-walled carbon nanotubing.Silkworms typically eat white mulberry leaves. Yingying Zhang and her colleagues from Tsinghua University sprayed the mulberry leaves with a solution containing 0.2 percent graphene. They then produced the silk...

Robot-Made Pizza – The Quickest Way to Get Your Carb Fix

Robot-made pizzas might revolutionize the way we get our cheesy fix, hotter and faster than ever before. Artificial intelligence is making inroads into the massive, $40 billion USD pizza industry.Zume Pizza wants “to provide the very best pizza delivery experience in the world, and to delight each and every customer”.Some say they have succeeded. Since debuting this June, the pizza company has become...

Italian Man Builds Entire Theme Park by Hand

An Italian man simply known as Bruno dedicated 40 years of his life to construct perhaps one of the most impressive theme parks in the world. Moreover, he built it by hand.Building a theme park by hand is likely not very high on the to-do list of many restaurant owners. However, Bruno, a restaurant owner and now an...

Mechatronic Art: Melding Engineering and Art in Perfect Balance

Is it art or engineering? What about both?That’s what students at Florida State University ask themselves each day in Mechatronic Art II. The course looks to combine the artsy with the ergonomic, the interesting with the innovative. It takes students from different disciplines and forces them to collaborate to craft new solutions.Few could argue against  a strong connection...

MAVEN’s Journey: Everything We’ve Learned in a Martian Year

A year on Mars takes 687 Earth days, almost two full years on Earth. In this time, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission made some key discoveries about our fascinating red neighbor.October 3 marked the first Martian anniversary of the MAVEN mission, a collaboration between the University of Colorado and NASA. MAVEN’s goal is to explore Mars’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and...

Tuning In to the Creepy ‘Ghost Frequency’

Ghost stories thrive in any culture. Odysseus experiences them in Homer’s Odyssey as he travels through the underworld. Dante’s Divine Comedy brings Dante face-to-face with spirits of his history. Spooks, happy haunts, specters and demons take the blame for the inexplicable, but science might be able to explain some of it. (However, we’ll still gladly let the Warrens...