Metal-infused lumber resists water and mold

By Ben Coxworth – A treated piece of wood resists absorbing water (left), while an untreated piece readily does so, changing color in the process (right).  Allison Carter, Georgia Tech. – While lumber certainly has many desirable qualities as a building material, it typically …

New toxic byproducts found in chlorinated water

By Michael Irving – Researchers have found that treating drinking water with chlorine could produce previously-unknown byproducts.  Shebeko/Depositphotos. – Adding chlorine is one of the most common methods of disinfecting drinking water, but just how safe is it? Researchers from Johns Hopkins have now …

 

Iconic short film upscaled to 4K/60p, with impressive results

By Paul Ridden – The classic silent film was upscaled to 4K/60p using algorithms available online.  –  YouTuber Denis Shiryaev has upscaled a mid-1890s classic silent short to 4K/60p modern goodness using “several neural networks.” And the result is nothing short of breathtaking. L’arrivée …

Handlebar Jack keeps bar-mounted gear from getting bent

By Ben Coxworth – The Original Handlebar Jack in use.  The Handlebar Jack.  3 Images. – While many people routinely turn their bike upside-down to perform repairs, doing so can damage handlebar-mounted components such as brake levers, shifters and e-bike screens. The Original …

The truth about green eyes

Shutterstock. By Brittany Brolley – Green eyes may just be more enigmatic than any other eye color. And you don’t have to dig too deep to realize that we are all pretty obsessed with this color. Green eyes have become a mainstay in …

Popular internet scams to watch out for in 2020

Protect yourself and your personal information at all times on the internet. By Andrew LaSane – Christin Hume on Unsplash.  The internet is filled with scammers looking to steal your private information. The Better Business Bureau has shared important information on the scams …

How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury?

By Joanna McKittrick and Jae-Young Jung – Slamming a beak against the trunk of a tree would seem like an activity that would cause headaches, jaw aches and serious neck and brain injuries. Yet woodpeckers can do this 20 times per second and …

The Ancient Peruvian Mystery Solved From Space

These puzzling holes in the arid valleys of southern Perú tell us there was once a flourishing, sophisticated society here. BBC Future | By William Park – In one of the most arid regions in the world a series of carefully constructed, spiraling …

How weeds help fight climate change

Most people see weeds as a problem. But one farmer has found they can help make dry, damaged land lush again – not to mention absorb carbon from the atmosphere. By Georgina Kenyon – More than 60 years ago, when he was a …

Why Tunis could be the new Rome

Tunis is bursting with the creative energy of a generation taking full advantage of its newfound freedom of expression and fervor for preserving its heritage in unexpected ways. – By Erin Clare Brown – The wait for admission to the Colosseum was approximately …

Why we knock on wood

Knocking on wood may be a holdover from the pagan days of Europe, when tree spirits were believed to bring luck.  Saiful bahri 46/Shutterstock.com. – By Rosemary V. Hathaway, Associate Professor of English, West Virginia University – Ever said something like, “I’ve never …

An atomic marker hidden in plain sight

Most visitors will walk past 109 East Palace Avenue in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and have no idea that they are passing the site that once served as Robert Oppenheimer’s office. By Larry Bleiberg, 29 January 2020 – In the courtyard of a …

The surprising history of the word ‘dude’

Many common terms in English have unexpected roots. Kelly Grovier explores the origins of seven words coined in art history, including the political meanings of ‘silhouette’ and ‘picturesque’, and how ‘mobile’ became ‘mob’. By Kelly Grovier – Which came first, the chicken or …

Metal-infused lumber resists water and mold

By Ben Coxworth – A treated piece of wood resists absorbing water (left), while an untreated piece readily does so, changing color in the process (right).  Allison Carter, Georgia Tech. – While lumber certainly has many desirable qualities as a building material, it typically …