How Graphene Will Change Everything

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Happy Valentines Day! If you’ve got nothing to do this evening, why not learn about graphene? You’ve probably heard quite a bit about graphene in the past year or so, and you’ll certainly be hearing more about it in the coming decade. Graphene has the potential to completely revolutionize the world of energy, batteries, solar power, automobiles, and more. It’s a magical element with mindblowing capabilities, and we’ve only scratched the surface on what graphene can actually do for us. We can use it to charge our cellphones in mere seconds, or put it to use creating an efficient solar… read more

Google Wants You To Live Forever

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Last fall, Google announced that they were creating a new startup company that would tackle the issue of human longevity — namely, stopping the brain from decaying as we age. It was partly based off the science suggested by Dr. Cynthia Kenyon in her Ted Talk about aging, which can be viewed below: Google’s startup, if successful, wouldn’t give us the god-like ability to never age, but it would be a giant leap in that direction. If we could bring the median age from 70-80yrs old up to 100-120yrs, wouldn’t you want those extra 40-50yrs of life to enjoy? I… read more

Building An Olympic Dream At An Environmental Cost

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Five years ago when Sochi was selected to serve as the venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics, there were concerns of environmental damage that might happen during construction of the main stadium. Today, it appears that those concerns were well founded, and completely avoidable as well. Considering Russia’s lax stance on eco conservation though, one is not to be surprised to discover damage being done to nearby ecosystems. A report by The Guardian a few months ago documented some of the side effects of building an Olympic Dream — a dust-covered village, harmful chemicals being released, fields of debris, and… read more

The Process Behind Discovering New Elements

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The periodic table of elements is exciting to many, but the bane of high school student’s everywhere. When a new element is announced, the headaches begin all over again. But what really happens when we discover a new element to add to the table? Check it out:

Fruit Energy

Fruit Energy

Fruit can provide some amazing things. It is full of healthful properties and has a multitude of uses. It may seem like an entry level science experiment, but the fruit battery is a pretty neat project. Artist Caleb Charland has taken the fruit powered battery to the next level with his long exposure photography shots. An interesting project in the line of artwork-meets-science-lab, his Back to Light collection showcases how the naturally created batteries can generate enough electricity to provide the lighting for photographs. Charland stated about the series: “…my hope is that these photographs function as micro utopias by… read more

This Vest Can Sense Your Mood While Reading

This Vest Can Sense Your Mood While Reading

Reading enthusiasts can be drawn into books and become engrossed with their characters. However, this curious design from a team of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology takes this idea and puts it into action. The project, called Sensory Fiction, is designed to take the reader through the emotional experiences of becoming completely engaged in a novel. Felix Heibeck, Alexis Hope and Julie Legault are the creators of the conceptual design. The slightly uncomfortable looking harness is a fully functioning prototype developed for a course project at the university called Science Fiction to Science Fabrication. The reader wears the vest… read more

A Food Scanner From The Future

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It seems like life resembles science fiction more and more each day. Films like Star Trek, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and others have no doubt influenced the technology we use in the house today (See: Anything that has to do with 3-D printing). However, bringing these gadgets to life is arguably more exciting than watching them on-screen. A company has recently developed a scanner that connects to your smartphone and allows you to see what’s inside your food. It calculates calories, fats, gluten, etc. On top of that, this video will give you an idea of where kitchen technology is… read more

Gasp! Showering Too Much Is Unhealthy

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Researchers have discovered that overexposure to chemicals found in shampoo, soap, conditioner, and body oils is actually damaging to our bodies. Wasting water is also harmful for numerous other reasons, on top of the health concerns, and you can read more about saving water here. Check it:

Build A Backyard Grape Arbor

Build A Backyard Grape Arbor

Consuming grapes has several health benefits as they are high in many essential nutrients. Rich in manganese, they are potent antioxidants and have proven cardiovascular system benefits. Organically grown grapes, unlike conventional varieties, do not have the extra worry of contaminated soil and water runoff from pesticide residuals. Installing a grape arbor in the backyard can be done on a budget. With a little research, planning and building a main structural support system, establishing a successful start for a grapevine is a project that will pay off. Garden Guides has ideas for basic construction materials to use for a grape trellis. A… read more

Hotel Chain Switching To Smartphone Locks

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Starwood, a hotel chain with over 1,000 worldwide locations, has begun switching to a new keyless system of room locks — your smartphone. The chain offers customers a free downloadable app with which they can check into their room wirelessly, and lock/unlock the room using their phones. Check it out: As one of the commenters on Youtube stated, this idea is very hackable at the moment. The chain will need to introduce some serious security measures before this idea can have any sort of mainstream success. For now, we can appreciate that somebody is working on getting rid of those… read more