Science

The Andes Mountains to Double Their Height in 4 Million Years

June 6, 2008 / 2 Comments

Did you know that mountains grow at a relatively fast rate (a few mm each year) until the forces that form them are no longer active? Apparently that's the case with the Andes Mountains which are one of the longest and highest mountain ranges in the world. For millions of years the Andes grew slowly. Then all of a sudden, 10 ...

Plastic Bags Decomposed in Just 3 Months

May 26, 2008 / 18 Comments

image by WYGD Daniel Burd is an 11th grader from Canada, that wants to turn his school science project into a dream come true. The guy is certain that if a plastic bag takes 1,000 years to decompose it's because of the microorganisms behind it, and Burd thinks he has a method that will cause them to decompose in just three ...

Phoenix space craft, lands on Mars this Sunday

May 21, 2008 / No Comments

The Phoenix Mars Mission is a true partnership between the government, academia and the industry that was designed to study the history of water and the habitabillity potential on the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TaP8YMM524[/youtube] If everything goes as planned, on Sunday - May 25th, the Phoenix space craft is going to land on Mars. It will enter the Martian atmosphere at ...

Chile’s Chaitén Volcano Erupts with Ash, Lava and Lightning

May 8, 2008 / No Comments

A volcano is the last place to be nearby when it erupts and after 9,000 years of slumber the awakening is obviously beyond words. Chile's Chaitén Volcano went off, spewing lava and ash 12 miles high into the air. As if the whole image wasn't terrible enough, the five-day eruption was accompanied by lightning and rain which carpeted the whole ...

Voyage to the Bering Sea, New Species of Sponge Discovered

May 6, 2008 / No Comments

During a research voyage to the Bering Sea in the summer of 2007 the guys at Greenpeace came out with an interesting discovery. A new species of sponge was found in the depths of the underwater canyons (Pribilof Canyon), a unique habitat that we don't know much about except that fishing methods like bottom trawling may destroy it. They named ...

Warning: Glaciers are melting faster than ever

March 17, 2008 / 1 Comment

The results of the latest World Glacier Monitoring Service report, showed that 30 glaciers around the world lost a record amount of ice in 2006. These are the obvious repercussions of global warming and Professor Wilfried Haeberli, director of the monitoring service, told The Observer that "glaciers melt at fastest rate in past 5,000 years". Glacier melting into the sea ...

High Efficiency Solar Thermal Cooling Systems

March 10, 2008 / No Comments

A new technology patented by a new Turkish company, Solitem Group and Germans from MAN Ferrostaal should offer high efficiency solar thermal cooling systems. Yes you're reading it right, these two companies claim they can cool your house by harnessing the heat of the sun. They tested their systems in several Southern Europe and used roof-top and ground systems, and ...

Whisky Waste to Clean Contaminated Water and Soil

March 7, 2008 / No Comments

"Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough" said Mark Twain and many of us took his advice. Aberdeen University scientists discovered that a by-product from whisky waste (residue) is capable of cleaning contaminated soil and polluted water from chlorines, heavy metals or pesticides. Fort William Whisky Distilery - barrels lined up outside - ...