Research teams are developing models to predict the way fires will behave. Information from these simulations is bringing valuable information to firefighters’ relentless struggle against forest fires.
On this 4th of July, as America celebrates its independence, you might be thinking that fireworks couldn’t get any better . But chemist and pyrotechnic specialist John Conkling tells us that the choreography of these shows is nearing perfection, thanks to advances in firing technology.
As explained by Derek Muller on Veritasium, the flow of water in trees involves complex physical phenomena including pressure, osmosis, negative pressure, capillarity and evapotranspiration. What seems simple will blow your mind!
On March 31, 1851, Léon Foucault demonstrated for the first time in public that the Earth turns on its axis. His famous pendulum, installed for the occasion inside the Pantheon, in Paris, offered elegant proof of this imperceptible movement.
Researchers are re-purposing animal parts that could be useful to new robots. The latest entries in that field are 3D-printed robotic suckers, which mimic the suction ability of a squid or octopus.
Plants, we know, are capable of modest movements, despite being fixed where they stand. They may lean toward a sunny window, and generally grow up, away from the force of gravity. However, a new study has shown that gravity is not the only factor plants take into consideration as they grow.
Advances in computing power seem almost never to stop. But can this trend continue in 2013 and beyond? What’s planned at CERN during this year’s scheduled shutdown? Find out here what the experts of scientific computing see in their crystal balls.
Colors... What are they really? Are there the same for all of us? And for other animals? How does color addition or subtraction work? How do they work on computers? And on printers? The mysterious (but not dark) world of colors is actually very colorful!