WEIRD SCIENCE

Asphalt-lithium metal batteries fully charge in five minutes

  Michael Irving – A scanning electron microscope of the new battery anode: left containing asphalt, graphene nanoribbons and lithium, while the right image only contains the asphalt and graphene (Credit: Tour Group/Rice University). As useful and ubiquitous as they are, lithium-ion batteries are nearing …

Earth has more moons than you might think

by Mike Colagrossi – An asteroid of approximate size of a minimoon, c/o NASA.  For nearly four billion years, Earth and the Moon have been inseparable as they’ve journeyed together through the cosmic void. It’s our only permanent satellite we’ll ever know. But …

Platinum-gold mix becomes world’s most durable metal alloy

  Michael Irving – Sandia researchers Michael Chandross (left) and Nic Argibay, overseeing the testing of the platinum-gold alloy that’s now the world’s most durable alloy (Credit: Randy Montoya). Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, in Albuquerque, have developed what they say is the most durable …

The lovely Perseids’ comet could end life on Earth

by Robby Berman – The dangerous Comet Swift-Tuttle in 1992. (Credit: Jim Scotti, University of Arizona).   The Perseids are arguably the most famous annual meteor shower. Silently streaking across the mid-August heavens each summer, it’s a profound and beautiful event for anyone …

Getting serious about plant intelligence

by Robby Berman – Plants learn and remember (Pakorn worasang/immfocus studio/Big Think) Monica Gagliano studies learning and memory in plants. She’s an “evolutionary ecologist” who performs behavioral experiments on plants that are adapted from studies of animal intelligence. Her work has convinced her …