Archive for June, 2012


jtotheizzoe:

History, Chemistry, and Cold Beer

How a Mesopotamian mix-up led to 8,000 years of cold suds. Ancient civilizations in the Middle East made a bread out of malted barley. When that bread got mixed with water, met some airborne yeast and was left to sit in the dark, the bakers fell over when they tried to drink it.

That’s how the legend goes anyway. Beer and other fermented drinks have been behind our transition from hunter-gatherers to agriculture, many advances in early chemistry and even how we organized early American towns.

Since all graduate student paths lead to beer, it’s high time we scientists get to know our best friend’s origins.

(via Inside Science)

History, chemistry, and beer. Such quality!

jtotheizzoe:

History, Chemistry, and Cold Beer

How a Mesopotamian mix-up led to 8,000 years of cold suds. Ancient civilizations in the Middle East made a bread out of malted barley. When that bread got mixed with water, met some airborne yeast and was left to sit in the dark, the bakers fell over when they tried to drink it.

That’s how the legend goes anyway. Beer and other fermented drinks have been behind our transition from hunter-gatherers to agriculture, many advances in early chemistry and even how we organized early American towns.

Since all graduate student paths lead to beer, it’s high time we scientists get to know our best friend’s origins.

(via Inside Science)

History, chemistry, and beer. Such quality!


jtotheizzoe:

Crystalline Candleholders Made Using The Magic Of Magnetism

Jólan van der Wiel is a Dutch designer harnessing the power of nature to create unbelievable forms. His candlesticks begin as resin packed with iron oxide. Then, through a pulley system fitted with large magnets, the  resin is pulled along the magnetic field lines into shapes that represent a freakin’ force of physics, visualized right before our eyes. The invisible made visible.

When the resin sets, the magnetic field spikes are written in air forever, with no human intervention!

Previously: The insane magnetic liquid art of ferrofluids, be amazed here and again here

( Co.Design)

This is an incredible idea. What better centerpiece could you want?


earthlynation:

Octopus by freshADDICT

jtotheizzoe:

Crystalline Candleholders Made Using The Magic Of Magnetism

Jólan van der Wiel is a Dutch designer harnessing the power of nature to create unbelievable forms. His candlesticks begin as resin packed with iron oxide. Then, through a pulley system fitted with large magnets, the  resin is pulled along the magnetic field lines into shapes that represent a freakin’ force of physics, visualized right before our eyes. The invisible made visible.

When the resin sets, the magnetic field spikes are written in air forever, with no human intervention!

Previously: The insane magnetic liquid art of ferrofluids, be amazed here and again here

( Co.Design)

This is an incredible idea. What better centerpiece could you want?

earthlynation:

Octopus by freshADDICT



It has baffled scientists for while now why the Sun’s atmosphere is hotter than its surface; a situation akin to having to shed clothing as you climbed Mt. Everest. Recent mathematical and astrophysics research from the University of Sheffield indicates that there are many magnetic plasma vortices (tornadoes) that bring up energy from inside the Sun and release it into the atmosphere. They’re relatively small compared to some of the ones that make the news occasionally, but still reach sizes greater than Great Britain and temperatures of several millions degrees kelvin.

Not only is the research answering questions about space, but the applications are important here too. If we can learn to use similar magnetic fields to control plasma here, there are ways to produce clean, green energy. The more ways we can do that, the better!


The US Naval Research Laboratory has adapted one of their super high-resolution Doppler radars from tracking debris from space shuttles at launch to weather. How powerful is it? Any bus-sized clouds within 2km are subject to flow and structure analysis, as are the individual raindrops falling from it. 




fastcompany:

The man-made mechanical forest, five years in the making, consists of 18 supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the trees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that provide lighting and assist with water flow in the conservatories below. 

Singapore’s Supertrees Light Up The Night