Under most circumstances, a combination of 200 liters of Diet Coke and more than 500 Mentos mints would be a recipe for disaster. But EepyBird.com, which bills itself as "entertainment for the curious mind," turned the concoction into an impressively controlled experiment, all caught on video.
What if Manhattan were somehow relocated to San Francisco Bay? Or Lake Michigan? Those are some fanciful ideas that Jason Kottke contemplated in a post called "Manhattan Elsewhere," in which he mapped Gotham next to some of his other favorite cities and included 3D landscape renderings.
As the specter of a robotic society looms, it's about time that someone start thinking about some rules to keep things from getting out of control. The Japanese government has apparently been thinking along these lines, according to this LiveScience.com article, which reports that the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is drafting "safety guidelines for next-generation robots."
A word of caution to the stars of "CSI": Your jobs may be taken over by robots. A machine created by a Chilean inventor called the Geo-Radar has been used to recover everything from dead bodies to buried treasure.
In this age of scientific mysteries, it's nice to know that some researchers still have their priorities straight. Take, for example, this U.K. report by CNN on the original chicken-and-egg debate: "A team made up of a geneticist, philosopher and chicken farmer claim to have found an answer. It was the egg."
Not every living species is getting harmed by the rise in greenhouse gases.
Poison Ivy grows faster as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, according to a study conducted by researchers at Duke University. The researchers simulated what the environment of the earth might be like in 2050 if the levels of carbon dioxide continue to grow at the current trajectory. (Increasing CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere raises the earth's temperature, according to most scientists).
Under the simulated conditions, the poison ivy plants grew 150 percent faster than plants in an ordinary environment. … Read more
TechEBlog has come up with a list of the "top 10 strangest gadgets of the future." Strangest of all, in our opinion, is the transparent toaster. The reason: It doesn't get hot enough to toast the bread. (By the way, we already knew about the self-cooling beer can.)
NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has released two very cool videos of an underwater volcano erupting.
The footage comes from Brimstone Pit, a vent on a volcano on the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Arc. The volcano, called NW Rota-1, was discovered in 2004 and has since been visited several times by international teams of explorers, according to NOAA. The volcano is believed to erupt frequently, and possibly continuously.
Using remotely operated vehicles, oceanographers have been able to capture chemistry samples, up-close images and video of the vent. The first video shows billowing plumes of debris, gas and ash … Read more
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found a way to track the reaction time of atoms to electrical fields at a nanoscale, or on the order of a billionth of a second or less. Typically, specialized microscopes for the field of nanotechnology only let scientists see atoms, not their reaction to electricity. But by using a synchrotron light source, called an Advanced Photon Source from the Argonne National Laboratory, the scientists were able to generate a tightly focused beam of X-rays on a thin film, which was made of so-called ferroelectric material by one of the scientists. (Ferroelectric materials … Read more