Underwater Crop Circles

Are extraterrestrial beings to blame for the underwater “crop circles” seen in the photo to the right? This may have been one theory to explain what recreational divers off the coast of Japan reported seeing in the years since they were first spotted in 1995. It turns out that these elaborate structures are actually created

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YouTube Geek Week

This will be a quick post, but I couldn’t resist posting this. If you use YouTube at all (and if you are reading this, you probably do), you’ll want to check out YouTube’s Geek Week. What’s Geek Week, you might ask? Well, it’s basically a compilation and celebration of some of YouTube’s best geeky channels.

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Unlocking the Power of Light

If you have ever had the pleasure of taking a physics class you probably know that light travels extremely fast.  299,705,000 meters per second or 670,422,658 miles per hour in air to be exact.  One may believe that freezing something that travels this fast for even a fraction of a second is impossible. Would you

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Beavers: Nuisance or Environmental Allies?

A lot of communities don’t appreciate their beavers. Personally, I love beavers, and I think more people should. Beavers are often considered a nuisance because they dam up water flow and create wetlands and minor floods. Although some people have no appreciation for wetlands, they’re an important part of our ecosystem, and they bring a

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Underwater Spider

For those of you that hate spiders and think you are safe from them underwater think again. The Diving Bell Spider, Argyroneta aquatica, can be found in most small bodies of water in Europe and Asia. It is the only spider that spends most of its life underwater. Even mating rituals and catching and eating

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Evidence of Oxygen on the “Rusty” Planet

Astronomers have speculated that the 4th planet from the sun once possessed an atmosphere containing oxygen. After all, Mars is red in color due to the oxidation of iron to form iron oxide (rust) likely brought on by oxygen gas. Recently, Nasa’s Spirit Rover collected another piece of strong evidence to back up this theory.

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Minuscule Printed Batteries

3-D printing has become very popular in all fields of research recently. This is partly due to the materials the devices can utilize including various types of plastics and even specialized living cells. Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Illinois have teamed up and managed to add another material to the growing list

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One Step Closer to Reviving the Mammoth

The arctic climate of Siberia has possibly given science a chance to clone the long lost Mammoth. Researchers at North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk have discovered the remains of a very well preserved mammoth on an island off the coast of Siberia. The researchers estimate that the mammoth lived some 10,000 years ago at the

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An Asteroid’s Worst Nightmare

Despite government agencies and amateur astronomers constantly watching the skies on the lookout for that single piece of space rock large enough to wipe us off the Earth, two asteroids larger than a school bus entered our atmosphere over Russia earlier this year causing about 1,500 indirect injuries. Over the years, scientists and researchers have

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Flare Stacks and the Environment

If you have ever driven past an petroleum processing plant, or even a large landfill for that matter, and seen a stack with a rather large flame burning at the peak, you have witnessed a technique that protects the public and the environment from harmful gases. During the processing of petroleum products especially, large amounts

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