New Tool in the Hunt for Dark Matter

Researchers out of MIT have proposed a unique means of detecting dark matter by simulating a neutron star.Physicists have long known that the universe is far more than it seems. The gravitational behavior of galaxies can’t be explained by the matter we can directly observe. This led scientists to propose that an as-yet-undetectable extra mass must exist, aptly named...

Largest Study of GM Crops Yield Surprising Results

The largest study of genetically modified crops (GM crops) and pesticide/herbicide usage shows the reality of their impact on chemical use in farming.The words “genetically modified” typically bring controversy with them. However, with the promise of increased yields and protection from pests and diseases, GM crops have become a feature in modern agriculture.Using the annual data from over 10,000...

Tough, Fancy, and Recycled PaperBricks Furniture Made by Waste Papers

Designer Woojai Lee likes to explore the hidden potentials of different materials. His latest project, PaperBricks, recycles paper into bricks and builds stylish furniture.Eindhoven-based, New Zealander  Woojai Lee goes beyond typical design by creating a way to save natural resources. Paper remains one of the most discarded materials in the world. Lee uses PaperBricks and build eco-friendly benches and coffee tables...

Blasting a Phone off at Mach 1.35 and How Rockets Work

Grant Thompson, a YouTuber and rocket enthusiast, decided to strap a phone  on a rocket and send it into the sky.The rocket is 10-ft (about 3 m) and weighs 60lbs (27 kg) fully loaded with solid rocket fuel. At take-off, it produced 750lbs of force. The rocket accelerated incredibly fast, reaching Mach 1.35 in just a few seconds....

Why Don’t More People Recycle?

We all know recycling helps the environment. It reduces the waste cluttering landfills. “Reduce, reuse, and recycle” serves as the golden standard for sustainable living.So why don’t more people recycle? And why don’t they recycle consistently?A new study by the Harvard Business Review suggests an array of biases prevent us from always sorting our bottles from our cardboard.Because...

Hiding in Plain Sight: ‘Extinct’ Trees Found in Royal Garden

A stunning find by horticulturalists: two trees, thought to have been extinct in Britain for 50 years, have been found in the garden of Her Majesty The Queen’s Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland.The 30-meter-tall trees are generally hard to hide, but two Wentworth elms (Ulmus ‘Wentworthii Pendula) went unnoticed in a royal garden for over  half a century.Max Coleman...

These Nanoparticles Destroy Cancer Cells

Tiny particles originally created for cancer study might now be used in cancer treatment.Researchers at Cornell University in New York observed the particles dubbed Cornell dots or C-dots. These ultrasmall, fluorescent silica particles have a diameter of only five nanometers.Engineering professor Ulrich Wiesner served as one of the lead researchers for the project.“If you had to design a...

Tough, Fancy, and Recycled PaperBricks Furniture

Designer Woojai Lee likes to explore the hidden potentials of different materials. His latest project, PaperBricks, recycles paper into bricks and builds stylish furniture.Eindhoven-based, New Zealander  Woojai Lee goes beyond typical design by creating a way to save natural resources. Paper remains one of the most discarded materials in the world. Lee uses PaperBricks and build eco-friendly benches and coffee tables...

Wi-Fi Passwords of Over 130 Airports in One Place

Stays in airports without internet access can be one of the longest and most painful travel experiences.One travel blogger looked to change that. Computer security engineer Anil Polat created an interactive map with all Wi-Fi passwords of airport networks across the globe.First, simply click on an airport. Then take the information and use it at the airport of...

MIT Develops Beaver-inspired Furry Wetsuits to Keep Surfers Warm

MIT researchers looked at beavers to investigate how the small creatures stay warm in the icy-cold water. Now, they’re applying the beaver’s protection to develop a furry wetsuit to keep surfers warm.Beavers most commonly live in Northern areas which experience incredibly cold winter temperatures. While many arctic creatures use flubber to insulate from the cold, beavers must use alternate measures...