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August 25, 2017


Spider silk can't be replicated synthetically due to its molecular complexity.

Arachnid Couture

In the future, you could be wearing clothes made of synthetic spider silk.

May 11, 2017


Watch out for text neck!

Text Neck

Do your neck and shoulders ache? Looking at your cell phone too much might be to blame.

March 31, 2017


Ultrasounds use precise timing of sound waves to form pictures

Hearing a Shape

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures of what is going on in our body.

August 25, 2016


Rare-Earth Metals from Coal

Ever heard of Yttrium? It's what's called a 'rare‑earth element', one of seventeen rare‑earth elements.

January 28, 2014


The world's rice paddies produce some 100 million tons of husks each year.

Rice Husks: A Sustainable Fuel Source?

Today we throw them away, but tomorrow rice husks may be how we power our cars.

January 7, 2014


The glass windows of tomorrow could be even better than they are in the present.


While today's glass is definitely amazing stuff, it does have it's drawbacks. Will a new type of coating eliminate these problems in the future?

January 7, 2013


Spider silk is incredibly strong.

What Is Spider Silk?

What's five times as strong as steel, twice as tough as Kevlar, and can be stretched over thirty percent in length without breaking?

December 22, 2011


Why do we have to plug in?

Why Don’t We Have Wireless Electricity?

It may seem like virtually everything these days is wireless phones, computers, WiFi. Everything, that is, except maybe the most important thing: electricity.

December 7, 2011


Do you think ocean waves would make a good source for energy?

Why Don’t We Get Most Of Our Energy From Ocean Waves?

Ocean waves pack so much power, in fact, that if we were able to harness all that wave energy, we'd have more than enough power to get rid of fossil fuels.

August 29, 2011


How Do You Store Energy From Wind Or The Sun?

Renewable energy sources are cleaner and more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels. But you can't store wind or sun like you can oil or coal. Or can you?

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