Science Findings: A Cleaner Ocean & Mouth

Gas Breathing Bacteria Deep in the Gulf of Mexico, around volcanoes, scientists have found mussels and sponges living with oil-loving bacteria. Part of the Cycloclasticus genus, the bacteria focus in on butane, ethane, and propane and live within sponges and mussels so that they can filter water rich in these short chain alkanes to the…

A Fourth Chocolate Exists

Credit: GeoBeats News For a long time milk chocolate was the main type of chocolate we ate. A little later came white chocolate and dark chocolate which were both quite distinct but retained the same creamy taste we had come to expect. Now, there is ruby chocolate. It is pink in color and you might…

Art #2: Insects, Sushi & Spongebob

A New Arthropod Get ready; you’re going to see some bugs. Good news, they’re not real. Kate Kato is an artist who uses recycled paper, wire and thread to bring to the world a variety of colorful insects. She even embroiders them to etch unique patterns across their wings, carapace or whatever else bugs have….

Scientific Findings: Midichlorians Are Not Real

Midichlorian: A New Scam This story is pretty disappointing but necessary for science to move forward. A blogging neuroscientist who goes by the pseudonym Neuroskeptic created a scientific paper which he then published to numerous journals. The article was titled, “Mitochondria: Structure, Function and Clinical Relevance” a fairly innocuous title given the importance the mitochondria…

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #5: Futuristic Technology

Eyeborg Our society changes daily and with those changes our bodies are beginning to change as well. The preponderance of wounded veterans from armed conflicts around the world has caused the prosthetic industry to enlarge and innovate, getting closer every day to arms and legs that can function as the originals had. However this story…

Roman Findings: The Citrus King

bloodua / 123RF Stock Photo The Citrus King According to archaeobotanist Dr. Dafna Langgut, Tel Aviv University, citrons and lemons were a status symbol in the Mediterranean with other citrus fruits arriving a millennium later. She chronicles their spread through Persia and the Levant into the western Mediterranean, citrons going first. Bitter orange, lime and…

Mechanical Menagerie #7: Infrastructure

Fastbrick Robotics Credit: Fastbrick Robotics Fastbrick Robotics Limited has developed an automated bricklaying truck called the Hadrian X capable of laying the foundations of an entire house by itself. Fastbrick Robotics   Bridge This thing builds bridges. Not much else to say.   Dual Snow Blower The Dual Snow Blower is a design to blow…

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #4: Personal Flight

Gravity Industries Since everyone is already making the Iron Man comparison I might as well mention the strong resemblance to the character created by Marvel. Gravity Industries is a company started by Richard Browning to develop his Gravity Daedalus Suit. The suit is several mini-jets designed to create enough propulsion so that a human can…

Preview: The Tomb of the Diver

Welcome to the first in a long line of articles I will be writing based on pictures from around the world. The article is unavailable here. Sorry. It’s only for paying customers at Patreon for subscribing $3 per month. Here, I’ll be offering you up a preview from each of the articles; but a morsel…

Newsroll #2

ktsdesign / 123RF Stock Photo In the ancient Greek city of Perge (Antalya, Turkey) a new mosaic was discovered depicting, “…sacrifice of Iphigenia, the daughter of King Agamemnon in Greek mythology, during the Trojan War.” The excavation is headed by Antalya Museum Director, Mustafa Demirel. Perge Mosaic Aspendos shops yield new finds Shops Chinese tomb…

Newsroll #1

belchonock / 123RF Stock Photo On the Greek island of Despotiko, an uninhabited place in the Cyclades near Paros, archaeologists have discovered ancient buildings and fragments of statues. Yannis Kouragios, an archaeologist with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades, is leading the dig. Despotiko Iran to return church bell from the 14th century to Turkey…

Mechanical Menagerie #6: The Future of Transportation #2

Archaeopteryx Credit: ruppert composite This glider is fairly old by now but if you haven’t seen it then you may have to look more carefully. The Archaeopteryx is a lightweight glider which really does resemble an actual airplane. The example they give in the video is a running start so be somewhere high to use…