Checking air in tires, important as it is, happens to be rarely considered by motorists. Goodyear has come up with the Air Maintenance Technology (AMT) that keeps air inside tires in check at all times. A rim mounted embedded tube sits near the wall of the tire to constantly monitor air pressure. When the sensor in the tube realizes that the air pressure is dropping, it opens up a valve to let in more air and inflate the tire.
Prince Rupert’s drops are very interesting phenomenon. Dropping molten glass into cold water will give the glass a tadpole like shape with a long tail. The head of this tampered glass “tadpole” is strong enough to withstand hammer blows, but its fragile tail can be pulled apart with just a twitch of the fingers, which effectively turns the entire glass tadpole to dust! Checkout the videos to see the explanation and the action.
The sun is huge when compared to the little blue dot in space we call Earth. Solar eruptions can easily be massive beyond the scale and volume of the earth, as these images and the video show. NASA calls it a “long filament of solar material” that was shot out of the sun at more than 900 miles per second.
In their quest of doing Science, having fun, and learning things, scientists often come up with interesting experiments like this one. Here you can see researchers at the Syracuse University Department of Earth Science Lava Project pour hot lava over six feet of ice and see how it all works out.
Back in 1995, researchers studying the ancient soil composition in an exposed Siberian riverbank found 70 fossilized Ice Age squirrel burrows, some of which were stashed with a lot of fruits and seeds from the ice age. Permafrost had exceptionally preserved one of the seed species. Researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences recently decided that they would give a shot to culturing tissue from the seeds.
The world’s largest experiment ever seems to have been a success with researchers at CERN announcing that the Higgs Boson has been confirmed at 5-sigma standard deviations. This basically means that the presence of the Higgs Boson, sometimes also known as the God particle, is nearly certain, with just 1 in a million chances that the calculations may not be correct. All in all, they have managed to confirm a new particle, a Boson, that behaves much like the Higgs.
Quitting smoking can be the toughest thing to do, as millions have tried and failed. The road to kicking the butt may be easier now, as researchers at Cornell University’s Medical College claim to have developed a “vaccine” that will curb nicotine addiction. Unlike active vaccines that develop the body’s response against diseases like polio, or passive vaccines that provide the body with ready-made antibodies, this particular vaccine happens to be genetic.
The rings of Saturn are one of the best known features of our solar system, but a little known fact is that Jupiter also wears rings, although smaller and less easily visible. The rings were first discovered in 1979 by spacecraft Voyager 1, which incidentally is now the first man made object to reach the edge of our solar system.
Oh yes, this really is pushing DIY to the max. Manfred Mornhinweg made use of a stream near his home, to generate power for his place. Building his own microhydro plant required thousands of hours of hardwork for digging and placing the pipes, not to mention the extreme skill required for doing the technical evaluations, getting all equipment in place, and also inventing a few things to get things going along.