Harnessing Waste to Generate Renewables

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Despite the widespread notion that we have inadequate means to support our energy consumption, the US actually has enough from wind, solar, and tidal & wave to produce a total of approximately 6,987 terawatts of power per year. That’s far beyond the 3.9 terawatts the country currently uses. However, much of this prospective energy goes unharvested. Still, we are coming closer to attaining free energy, and the move to renewable energy has opened up a lot of room for experimentation and discovery. Beyond utilizing sources that harbor seemingly infinite promise, we are finding ways to deplete existing waste by converting… read more

How Many People Can Live On Earth?

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The educational Youtube channel Vsauce asked this very question a few months ago. Via a Google Plus Hangout, Micheal Stevens (the host of Vsauce) gave a live Q & A session to shed scientific light on the subject. You can watch the hangout below. Open your notebook, because this one’s chalk full of exciting facts. What did you think? Did his commentary more or less mirror your own thoughts on the discussion? Let us know in the comments below!

How Much is Your Mother Worth?

How Much is Your Mother Worth?

This may sound a bit funny, but how much do you think your mother is worth? “So you want to sell your mother. It’s a free market, most other things are bought and sold these days. Every day all sorts of strange and unusual products and services are priced and traded all over the world. She must be worth a decent amount. I mean, she is your Mum after all! But how do you figure out how much to sell her for?” OK, so we’re not really talking about your mother, but we are talking about our Mother Earth, which… read more

Top 5 Educational Youtube Channels

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These days, whenever we want the 411 on something, we usually turn to the internet, which almost always involves Youtube or Wikipedia (or both). Here’s a list of 5 educational channels that share everything from science to random facts about life. 5. Popular Science One of the most informative science magazines is also one of the most informative  Youtube channels. Check out their videos to learn more about science, life, history, ecology, and more. 4. Mental Floss While similar to Vsauce in that each episode answers interesting questions, Mental Floss doesn’t quite delve into deep life questions, and actually provides… read more

A Green Future

A Green Future

Often times, we wonder why it can be so difficult convincing people that going green is a necessary route for the future sustainability of our planet. It almost feels like pulling hair just to get friends and family to see the same way we do. Why would somebody want to keep paying their electric bill when they can install a home automation system or even solar panels to save on costs? And if people realized that purchasing an all-electric or hybrid vehicle has nearly the same cost as a traditional gas-powered car, wouldn’t they seek that alternative option? It’s one… read more

Science Messing Around With Memories

Science Messing Around With Memories

The human brain is a favorite topic of research studies, and a recent discovery has revealed an interesting side of our memory ability, and the brain’s power to unlock it. An investigation into how memories form has led scientists to figure out a way to alter the brain in order to provoke recollected thoughts. Looking into how memories are developed, neurobiologists say that they were actually able to form new ones. They found that they can generate specific memories by changing brain cells in the cerebral cortex, which is an area of the brain that assists in creating the anticipated… read more

New Faces In The Space Race

New Face in Space Race

Proponents of space exploration certainly recall the past predictions of science fiction that suggested we would be out of our Solar System by this time, and trudging on to other galaxies. Unfortunately, those travel plans have yet to materialize. NASA’s modern space program was designed with several purposes in mind, the foremost being human dominance in the universe. When President JFK announced the United State’s dedication towards reaching the Moon, he stoked an already blazing global space race that first began with the Russian ‘Sputnik’ program. Years later, amid budget cuts and the red tape of bureaucracy, we’ve still barely… read more

How Plastic Bags Are Made

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They sit around in our homes, they carry our stuff to the car from the grocery, and they fly through the breeze in our landfills. Plastic bags are just about everywhere, but have you ever wondered how they’re made? This short video will show you the process from beginning to end, and hopefully provide you a few minutes of enlightenment.

We’ve Discovered The World’s Oldest Source Of Water

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1.5 Billion years old. That’s the estimated age of a new source of water discovered in an underground reservoir beneath Ontario, Canada. It’s brimming with gases and other minerals, and likely houses new life forms we’ve yet to discover. So what’s special about this find? I mean, it’s just water, right? That stuff has been around since before the dinosaurs, so why is this any different? The answer to that question, is that since this water has remained untouched for a billion years, we can study what life was like way, way back in the day, and better understand how our… read more

The Living Room Project

The Living Room Project

Growing, living things are all around us. Industrial design students Merjan Tara Sisman and Brian McClellan have taken note of this, and fused the scientific laboratory with furniture design creating an experiment with an interesting outcome. Their brainchild, The Living Room Project, shows how living organisms can be manipulated and engineered into specific shapes. While they were looking into different organisms for their thesis project, they stumbled upon the unique rooting structure of mushrooms. Forming mycelium, or mushroom roots, into various shapes may sound complicated and a little peculiar, but the completely natural process is actually fairly simple. Looking into the way… read more