Extraordinary spray-on coating makes any object almost indestructible

September 16, 2016 by  
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Line-X sells a range of tough, durable coatings meant to help line the beds of trucks to protect the vehicle from rain and other elements. However, as the team from YouTube channel How Ridiculous recently found out, it can also be used to render everyday objects virtually indestructible – including melons, eggs, and even lightbulbs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeCH7czRPz8&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=HowRidiculous In a recent video, the team sprayed a whole watermelon with Line-X and threw it off a 150-foot tower. Rather than smashing into pulp at the bottom, the melon harmlessly bounced off the ground and flew back into the air. (The inside of the watermelon, however, was reduced to mush.) Naturally, this got the amateur scientists thinking about how the spray would affect more fragile objects. Related: Incredible coating makes watermelon bounce after 150-foot drop In their latest video, they put Line-X to the test on both a lightbulb and an egg – and miraculously, after being thrown from an incredible height, neither object shattered on impact. (Of course, that doesn’t mean the contents came out unharmed.) However, the video did uncover one thing Line-X can’t do – apparently the tough coating won’t protect a bowling ball from being dropped on the head of an axe. + Line X + How Ridiculous Via Sploid

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Shelter Pack emergency homes compress to 31-inch-tall slabs for easy transport

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Gürsu’s design for the Shelter Pack won the Golden award at the 2016 A’ Design Awards . The emergency shelter measure just 31 inches (80 cm) tall when compressed. When expanded to full size, Shelter Pack includes a bedroom with space for four beds, a bathroom, a fully appointed kitchen, and a dining area complete with its own furniture. Each portable apartment takes just a few hours to assemble. Related: 8 Innovative emergency shelter designs for when disaster hits The intelligence of the design spans far beyond the shelter’s ability to collapse. Water spouts on the roof reduce the risk of leaks and funnel rainwater into a collection tank for later use. A rooftop skylight filters daylight into the living space, reducing the need for artificial lighting. The walls are composed of multiple layers of fire- and waterproof materials, which simultaneously protect the interior from damage while providing heat insulation in case of inclement weather. Overall, each installed Shelter Pack home provides 129 square feet of living space that can sustain residents for months on end. With numbers of refugees on the rise, from both war and climate change, smart solutions like this one will be a necessary addition to disaster relief efforts around the globe. + Designnobis Via Yanko Design Images via Designnobis and Hakan Gürsu

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Look like trees have their own living Internet

April 15, 2016 by  
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Back in 1999, scientists at Switzerland’s University of Basel began an experiment to see how trees would handle the large amounts of carbon dioxide we’re releasing into the air. In so doing, they stumbled onto the unexpected discovery that trees exchange carbon with one another, even when they’re not directly connected. This “ wood-wide web ” could totally alter the way we understand forest interactions. Read the rest of Look like trees have their own living Internet

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This smart umbrella tells you when it’s about to start raining

April 15, 2016 by  
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Obama administration announces student loan forgiveness for nearly 400,000 disabled people

April 15, 2016 by  
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The Department of Education is sending letters to 387,000 individuals who are eligible for a “total and permanent” discharge from their student loan debt . The move cuts through some serious red tape for the people who need debt relief the most, namely people who have a disability that prevents them from being able to work and repay their loans. Thanks, Obama, indeed. Read the rest of Obama administration announces student loan forgiveness for nearly 400,000 disabled people

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Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50 percent

August 3, 2015 by  
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The secret to cheaper, more efficient solar power may lie in the unassuming wings of butterflies. The Cabbage White butterfly folds its wings in a v-shape in order to heat up their flight muscles before launching into the air. Scientists at the University of Exeter found that by replicating this posture with solar panels, they could increase solar output by nearly 50 percent. Read the rest of Butterflies may hold the secret to increasing solar output by 50 percent

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Like Chernobyl all over again: Forest fires release plutonium particles into the air

May 5, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Forest fire danger is taking on a new dimension in the Ukraine, where a raging wildfire near the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear disaster site is sending radioactive plutonium particles into the atmosphere. The Ecologist  reports that as trees at Chernobyl burn, they are releasing radioactive plutonium particles that are being suspended in the air, which could pose a significant health danger in the form of radiation poisoning to people in the area. Read the rest of Like Chernobyl all over again: Forest fires release plutonium particles into the air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chernobyl forest fire plutonium , nuclear radation particles released by fire , ukraine forest fire burning , ukraine forest fire releases plutonium

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Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

May 5, 2015 by  
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‘Rubbish’ is the name of the adorable sea lion pup captured above in the image from KTVU’s Twitter feed. He was rescued last week after wandering the streets of San Francisco. This is not the first time The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, has rescued the pup. In March, they discovered him in Santa Barbara suffering from pneumonia and malnourishment. They nursed him to health and then released him at Point Reyes National Seashore. Last Thursday, the wandering pup made his way to San Francisco’s Marina District and then hid under a car on the corner of Marina Blvd and Divisadero Street, eluding rescue for 30 minutes, CBS San Francisco reports. Eventually trained rescuers scooped him up in a net and transported him back in a carrier to the rescue center in Marin Headlands, where they will “fatten him up” again. That’s the good news. The bad news? Rubbish’s adventures point to a troubling new trend, and climate change may be the culprit. Read the rest of Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , Climate Change , food scarcity , global warming , News , Point Reyes National Seashore , rubbish , San Francisco , sea lion , The Marine Mammal Center

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NYU Researchers Create a Superlight, Flying Jellyfish Drone that Flaps into the Air

January 16, 2014 by  
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Researchers at New York University ’s Applied Math Lab unveiled a new drone inspired by nature that mimics the movement of a jellyfish . While it might sound like something destined for an aquatic life, this jellyfish drone can actually fly. Weighing just 2.1 grams (about 0.07-ounces), it’s so light that flapping its mechanical membrane allows the tiny machine to propel itself up into the air. Read the rest of NYU Researchers Create a Superlight, Flying Jellyfish Drone that Flaps into the Air Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: airborne robots , Applied Math Lab , biomimicry , drone , Leif Ristroph , new york university , NYU Jellyfish drone , robotics , robots , Stephen Childress        

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Al Gore Blasts Geo-Engineering Solutions for Climate Change as Insane

January 16, 2014 by  
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While some have suggested geo-engineering projects could avert a climate change catastrophe, Al Gore described the idea as ”insane, utterly mad and delusional in the extreme.” The former vice president said that searches for an instant solution, which he said were born of desperation, are misguided and could lead to an even bigger catastrophe . His words came in response to the UN climate panel, which warned that governments might have to extract vast amounts of greenhouses gases from the air by 2100. Read the rest of Al Gore Blasts Geo-Engineering Solutions for Climate Change as Insane Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Al Gore , Al Gore on nuclear power , Al Gore says geo-engineering is insane , carbon dioxide removal technology , Climate Change , climate change geo-engineering solutions , geoengineering , global warming , Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change , solutions to climate change , sulphur in the earth’s atmosphere , UN climate change panel        

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