Graphene discovery: A low-end kitchen blender can make a high-end batch of this valuable material
April 23, 2014, 1:09 p.m. by John Platt
Just pour some graphite powder into a kitchen blender, add detergent and hit 'mix.' (But please don't try this at home.)
Richard Proenneke: The man who showed us how to be alone in the wilderness
April 23, 2014, 12:30 p.m. by John Platt
For decades, Proenneke lived in a handmade cabin at Alaska's Twin Lakes; his writings and films have left a legacy.
Infrared radiation could be the next big source of renewable energy
April 8, 2014, 5:02 p.m. by John Platt
The light emitted after the sun sets could be harvested, according to a new study.
Deserts don't just absorb carbon dioxide, they squirrel it away for safekeeping
April 8, 2014, 10:23 a.m. by John Platt
This surprising discovery won't be enough to stop climate change, but it will help, researchers say.
Emoticon evolution: 21 different emotions mapped by new computer program
April 1, 2014, 12:26 p.m. by John Platt
The computer can not only tell if you're happy, it can identify more complex emotions such as 'happily disgusted.'
Why kangaroos emit less methane when they ... um ... you know, pass gas
March 28, 2014, 11:53 a.m. by John Platt
Scientists have known this for a while now, but new research gives us more information about why kangaroos are so much more efficient than cows.
This giant, prehistoric shrimp had bizarre feeding filters built into its face
March 27, 2014, 3:36 p.m. by John Platt
The 2-foot-long creature lived 520 million years ago and fed itself much like the blue whale does today.
What can we learn from the giant volcano under Yellowstone National Park?
March 25, 2014, 3:27 p.m. by John Platt
Just because this volcano hasn't erupted in 70,000 years doesn't mean it isn't full of new information for the scientists who study it.
Report finds unbelievable waste in 9 major fisheries
March 24, 2014, 8:44 a.m. by John Platt
Whales, dolphins, sharks and millions of fish die as bycatch in fishing nets every year, according to Oceana.
How much radiation from Fukushima will hit the West Coast?
March 17, 2014, 2:45 p.m. by John Platt
Scientists are using crowdsourcing to test the water along the Pacific Coast of North America, a project that could predict future risks.
Remember that kid who invented a way to clean up ocean plastic? He's back, and it's happening
Parallel worlds exist and interact with our world, say physicists
Mysterious pink tube 'creature' baffles divers
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