Space fire extinguisher sucks instead of blows

By David Szondy – The VEM extinguisher is designed for use on spacecraft and other special environments. (Credit: Valeev/Depositphotos).  The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology has developed an inside-out fire extinguisher for use inside spacecraft. Instead of spraying out …

‘Miracle’ as bees survive Notre Dame blaze

  Not everything was destroyed in the fire. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Gilbert Bochenek. – Three hives containing a population of over 180,000 bees were left unscathed by the devastating fire. – Despite the roof of the historic Parisian cathedral being shrouded …

Electric-assist trike tilts into corners

By Ben Coxworth – The Tris Bike’s front wheels tilt up to 30 degrees relative to the frame. While some people like the added stability offered by trikes as compared to bikes, the things can actually be tippier when cornering. The Italian-designed Tris …

Snow-powered nanogenerator works where solar panels don’t

Michael Irving – – A new nanogenerator could harvest energy directly from snow, helping solar panels deal with wintry conditions. (Credit: karin59 /Depositphotos). Snowy places aren’t ideal for harvesting solar energy – panels can’t do much if they’re buried under blankets of snow, …

 

 

Fossilized remains of “Cthulhu” discovered in England

  By Michael Irving – An artist’s rendition of the new species, named Sollasina cthulhu after H.P. Lovecraft’s mythical beast. (Credit: Elissa Martin, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History). The fossilized remains of Cthulhu have been discovered in England – but it’s probably …

Scientists discover a frog with glowing bones

By Alex Fox –  – New York University Abu Dhabi Postdoctoral Associate Sandra Goutte. The pumpkin toadlet (Brachycephalus ephippium) of Brazil is flaming orange, smaller than a nickel, and deaf to the mating calls of its own species. How the diminutive amphibians found …

Waking Up to History

At new museums, the past is finally becoming more than the story of men and wars. By Margaret Renkl, Contributing Opinion Writer – – A two-piece dress from the 1880s and other items on display at the Tennessee State Museum. CreditCreditWilliam DeShazer for …

The superbug-fighting potential of fish slime

By Nick Lavars – – Scientists are hailing the mucus that coats fish as a potential goldmine of antibiotics. (Credit: magone/Depositphotos). The growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is seeing scientists get more and more creative in their search for new drugs that might …

Space fire extinguisher sucks instead of blows

By David Szondy – The VEM extinguisher is designed for use on spacecraft and other special environments. (Credit: Valeev/Depositphotos).  The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Toyohashi University of Technology has developed an inside-out fire extinguisher for use inside spacecraft. Instead of spraying out …

‘Miracle’ as bees survive Notre Dame blaze

  Not everything was destroyed in the fire. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Gilbert Bochenek. – Three hives containing a population of over 180,000 bees were left unscathed by the devastating fire. – Despite the roof of the historic Parisian cathedral being shrouded …