Iga Kublik

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10 TED Talks from inspiring teachers

A great teacher can change the trajectory of your life. Here, talks from teachers you'll wish you had.

Do Insects Sleep?

Welcome to the third and final installment of my sleep series, in which I explore whether the organisms I talk about most on Our Modern Plagues sleep. I’ve already covered plants and microbes (which don’t actually sleep, but do have fascinating circadian behaviors). Next up: insects.<p>So, do insects …

How Ceramics Could Prevent Nuclear Disaster

Pottery just got really high-tech<p>For more than 50 years, engineers have built the rods that hold nuclear fuel the same way, out of zirconium-based metal alloys. They maintain structural integrity at high temperatures and allow uranium neutrons to escape in order to produce nuclear reactions. But, …

Bionic spinach, invisible barcodes and nanotube computers

This month's nanotechnology roundup includes artificially enhanced plants, a way to tag valuable oils, and transistors made from nanotubes<p>Collecting the sun<p>Sunlight provides us with an endless source of energy and there is little doubt future societies will need to rely, at least in part, on …

The Orgasmatron: Strange tale of a pleasure implant

Pleasure-inducing implants can induce orgasms at the push of a button, but as Frank Swain discovers, there’s a curious history behind this technology.<p>This month, news outlets worldwide issued breathless reports of a wondrous implant that causes orgasms at the touch of a button. The Orgasmatron, …

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My Erasmus Life in Krakow

Krakow is so beautiful, you’ll love it! Try all the food!”<p>This is what I heard when I told my family and friends that I would be spending a semester …

My Erasmus Life in Krakow 2

That all changed when the semester actually started, even if only temporarily. I was introduced to the apparently supernatural course registration …