Astronomers isolate stars from which aliens could be observing Earth

Astronomers have identified 1,004 nearby stars from which aliens could detect signs of biological life in Earth’s atmosphere by watching as our planet passes across the disk of the Sun. The study could help provide targets for organizations such as SET… Continue reading Astronomers isolate stars from which aliens could be observing Earth

Electric-wheeled Veelo is pulling for rollerbladers

Although there are electric rollerblades and skateboards, sometimes people just want a temporary boost while using their existing non-electric set of wheels. That’s why Veelo was invented.Continue ReadingCategory: Urban Transport, TransportTags: Kickst… Continue reading Electric-wheeled Veelo is pulling for rollerbladers

Atari bounces back with portable mini Pong table

Atari’s latest attempt at reclaiming relevance is by rehashing its original success story – Pong. Once a mainstay of arcades everywhere, the legendary game has now been shrunk down into a portable “table” as the Mini Pong Jr.Continue ReadingCategory: G… Continue reading Atari bounces back with portable mini Pong table

Super-white paint reflects 95.5 percent of sunlight to cool buildings

Researchers from Purdue University have developed a new white paint that can reflect over 95 percent of sunlight, which can cool the surface even lower than the ambient temperature. Painted on a building, the new paint could help cut cooling costs and … Continue reading Super-white paint reflects 95.5 percent of sunlight to cool buildings

Lessons from barn owl flight could help aircraft handle strong winds

Intrigued by the remarkable ability of birds to remain stable in the face of powerful winds, aerospace engineers in the UK have carried out a study to examine the phenomenon in great detail. By observing a barn owl in flight as it contended with bluste… Continue reading Lessons from barn owl flight could help aircraft handle strong winds

Scientists build first redox flow battery made of all-organic materials

As a storage solution for renewable energy, scientists see great potential in what are known as redox flow batteries, which hold energy in large tanks rather than compact electrode materials. A new design from Sweden’s Linköping University is a decided… Continue reading Scientists build first redox flow battery made of all-organic materials

Smart windows darken and become solar cells when heated

Windows are great for letting in light, but in summer months that comes with an unwanted side order of heat, causing many people to run the air conditioning non-stop. Now, researchers have developed windows that can change color automatically when heat… Continue reading Smart windows darken and become solar cells when heated

Cannabis may reduce acute OCD symptoms, but long-term effects unclear

Research from Washington State University (WSU), and published in The Journal of Affective Disorders, is reporting some people find their symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) dramatically drop after smoking cannabis. The study suggests the i… Continue reading Cannabis may reduce acute OCD symptoms, but long-term effects unclear

Fun-filled Union House is child’s play

A slide, nets, a climbing wall, and a hidden entrance: it sounds like the description of a kid’s playground, but it’s actually the latest residential project by Austin Maynard Architects. The Australian firm was hired to demolish an aging family house … Continue reading Fun-filled Union House is child’s play

Calcium nanoparticles could help knock out cancer’s drug resistance

Chemotherapy remains one of our best treatments against cancer but, frustratingly, cancer cells can develop resistance to these drugs. Now, researchers at Zhengzhou University have found that bursts of calcium can weaken their defense mechanism from th… Continue reading Calcium nanoparticles could help knock out cancer’s drug resistance