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Alphabet’s Loon balloons are helping scientists study gravity waves

September 13th, 2020 at 12:57 pm » Comments Off

  The research could lead to better models for predicting the weather.  In between beaming internet to people in developing countries and sometimes passing for UFOs, Alphabet’s Loon balloons have been busy helping scientists study how our planet works. A team led by Stanford professor Aditi Sheshadri recently published a report on gravity waves, ripples […]

Mood-forecasting tech could help stop bad moods even before they strike

February 28th, 2019 at 12:24 pm » Comments Off

Wearable devices might even help prevent suicide by giving a heads-up about worrisome behavior. Watch for sports with smartwatch. Jogging training for marathon. The same technology that is used to track physical activity could be used to track our psychological health. Imagine an app or wearable device that could tell a day in advance that […]

2 gonzo ideas for slowing down a hurricane that might actually work

October 11th, 2018 at 1:34 am » Comments Off

Scientists are looking into ways to weaken hurricanes early on. Hurricane Michael is expected to bring life-threatening winds and storm surge to Florida’s Gulf Coast. As heavy winds from Hurricane Michael begin to lash Florida’s Gulf Coast, forecasters are urging residents of the panhandle, Big Bend, and Nature Coast to prepare for life-threatening storm surge […]

Now You Can Feel Wind and Temperature While in Virtual Reality

March 9th, 2017 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Realistic visuals and audio are essential to shaping an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience. But these researchers from the National University of Singapore believe VR shouldn’t just cater to sight and sound. For the ultimate VR experience, other senses should come into play as well. Last year, Nimesha Ranasinghe and his team demonstrated how electrodes […]

Where are all the Hurricanes?

February 27th, 2015 at 7:22 pm » Comments Off

The hurricane season passed off relatively quietly last year.  Category 2 hurricane Gonzalo hit Bermuda in October 2014, briefly making the world’s headlines, but it did relatively little damage, apart from uprooting trees and knocking out power temporarily to most of the island’s inhabitants.

Stanford Engineers Invent High Tech Mirrors that Beam Light into Space

January 7th, 2015 at 8:28 am » Comments Off

Illustration of reflective panel on building A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting sunlight to reduce incoming heat. Fan Lab Stanford engineers have invented a material designed to help cool buildings. The material reflects incoming sunlight, and it sends […]

Map: How much snow does it typically take to cancel school in the U.S.?

February 3rd, 2014 at 2:16 pm » Comments Off

A map was created by Redditor atrubetskoy that shows how much snow, on average, it takes to cancel school across the United States. Atrubetskoy also shared a few helpful facts about the map’s limitations and inaccuracies on reddit:  

Can electric cars handle Canadian winters?

October 14th, 2013 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

Nissan Leaf winter test. How do people drive electric cars in places that consistently get many feet of snow every winter? The short answer is snow tires. The long answer is plan ahead.    

CIA investigates geoengineering to fix climate

July 20th, 2013 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is late to the geoengineering party, at least compared to its British counterpart. But it has now arrived, with an influential friend in tow: the CIA.    

Hurricane Sandy deals blow to medical research, wiping out NYU lab mice

November 1st, 2012 at 9:05 am » Comments Off

Researchers at NYU worry the mice they use to study human disease may have perished in the flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy. It has been reported that the New York University Hospital has lost thousands of laboratory mice to Hurricane Sandy  This will setback research that could take years to correct, according to scientists.   […]

2012 drought reaches proportions not seen since the ‘Dust Bowl’ era

July 16th, 2012 at 1:10 pm » Comments (0)

Over 50% of the U.S. is under drought conditions. More than half of the United States is under drought conditions right now, putting 2012 in the same category with some of the worst droughts in the nation’s history. This makes 2012 the sixth worst drought on record with a 54.6 percent figure (not counting Alaska […]

Futuristic tornado-proof house

September 19th, 2011 at 12:04 pm » Comments (0)

Tornado-proof house The tornado-proof house is a Kevlar skinned house supported on a series of hydraulic lifts that slide into the ground during extreme weather- both flood proof and tornado resistant.  (Pics)  

Is our current banking system doomed?