Man builds most energy-efficient home he could
Saving money was never on Dennis Kaech's mind when he built his Olympia, Wash., home. But saving energy was.
Physicist proposes simple experiment to detect foam-like structure of the universe
Frogs, Foam and Fuel: Researchers Convert Solar Energy to Sugars
(PhysOrg.com) -- Engineers from the University of Cincinnati devise a foam that captures energy and removes excess carbon dioxide from the air -- thanks to semi-tropical frogs.
Phase-changing material could allow low-cost robots to switch between hard and soft states
In the movie "Terminator 2," the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, ...
Research shows why low vitamin D raises heart disease risks in diabetics
Low levels of vitamin D are known to nearly double the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes, and researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis now think they know ...
Carbon foam: The key ingredient of a better battery?
(PhysOrg.com) -- A lighter, greener, cheaper, longer-lasting battery. Who wouldnt want that?
NASA's space shuttle discovery rolls off launch pad tuesday
Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to roll back from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for additional work related to its final scheduled mission. The first ...
The secret lives of bubbles: Mathematicians describe evolution, dissolution of clusters of bubbles (w/ video)
Bubble baths and soapy dishwater, the refreshing head on a beer and the luscious froth on a cappuccino. All are foams, beautiful yet ephemeral as the bubbles pop one by one.
If space shuttle is doomed, do you tell the crew?
A NASA top official wrestled with what he thought was a hypothetical question: What should you tell the astronauts of a doomed space shuttle Columbia?
New Material Mimics Bone To Create Better Biomedical Implants
(PhysOrg.com) -- A "metal foam" that has a similar elasticity to bone could mean a new generation of biomedical implants that would avoid bone rejection that often results from more rigid implant materials, ...
Clues to foam formation could help find oil
Blowing bubbles in the backyard is one thing and quite another when searching for oil. That distinction is at the root of new research by Rice University scientists who describe in greater detail than ever ...
Building a better battery
A new battery technology provides double the energy storage at lower cost than the batteries that are used in handheld electronics, electric vehicles, aerospace and defence.
Scientists develop material to remove radioactive contaminants from drinking water
A combination of forest byproducts and crustacean shells may be the key to removing radioactive materials from drinking water, researchers from North Carolina State University have found.
Graphene foam detects explosives, emissions better than today's gas sensors
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute demonstrates how graphene foam can outperform leading commercial gas sensors in detecting potentially dangerous and explosive chemicals. The ...