Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Michelangelo’s David ‘risks toppling’   


Italian news agency ANSA: Michelangelo’s statue of David risks toppling under its own weight, researchers in Florence warned on Wednesday. The National Research Council (CNR) and the University of Florence sounded the alarm after performing tests on 10cm plaster replicas … Continue reading →

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Known Universe   


The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most … Continue reading →

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Nuclear Fusion Reactions See Net Gain in Energy   


Lisa Winter, writing for IFLScience: Using controlled nuclear fusion for a source of virtually unlimited power that is pollution-free has been a dream of physicists since Einstein’s day – but many had written the process off as science fiction. Though … Continue reading →

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sealing off a radioactive sarcophagus   


Nick Meo, writing for BBC News Magazine: Massive and glittering in the weak winter sunshine, a half-built arch looms over Chernobyl’s decaying industrial landscape of cooling towers and power lines. One of the biggest engineering projects in history, it has … Continue reading →

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Simulating One Second of Brain Activity   


Derrick Harris writing for GigaOM: The hardware necessary to simulate the activity of 1.73 billion nerve cells connected by 10.4 trillion synapses (just 1 percent of a brain’s total neural network) for 1 biological second: 82,944 processors on the K … Continue reading →

Sunday, July 28, 2013

World’s Largest Solar Plant Ready to Shine   


Josie Garthwaite writing for National Geographic: More than six years in the making, the Ivanpah plant is now slated to begin generating power before summer’s end. It was designed by BrightSource Energy to use more than 170,000 mirrors to focus … Continue reading →

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Chocolate craving comes from total sensory pleasure   


Philippa Roxby writing for BBC News: “It’s difficult to tease apart which chemicals may be contributing to which psychological functions. There are over 500 chemicals in consumer chocolate products, so there’s a lifetime of chemical analysis still to be done,” … Continue reading →