Ilda Agnes

55 Flips | 29 Magazines | 1 Like | 5 Followers | @IldaAgnes | Keep up with Ilda Agnes on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Ilda Agnes”

Stubborn plastic may have finally met its match: the hungry wax worm

Here's a caterpillar that thinks plastic tastes fantastic. Scientists have discovered that the larvae of the wax moth will easily munch through a common plastic known as polyethylene, turning it into a useful compound found in all kinds of consumer products.<p>The findings, published this week in the …

Phytoplankton go wild, leaving scientists wondering if climate change is the culprit

Scientists have found a sharp increase in the population of a tiny ocean organism: phytoplankton. This is peculiar because, previously, theories …

Global Warming

New Li-Fi Internet Is 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi

The inventor of the electric lightbulb could hardly have imagined that one day his creation would be used not only to illuminate homes around the …

High-tech water-saving system draws a crowd at North Hollywood home

Whether she's driving a hybrid car, installing solar panels on her roof or tearing up her beloved front lawn and replacing it with mulch, Carrie Wassenaar said, she wants to do her part for the environment.<p>"I try to be responsible," the 39-year-old animation line producer said. "I want to feel like …

Germany is ready to switch on its stellarator fusion reactor

Even with recent pushes to expand clean energy, most of modern society runs on fossil fuels. Scientists have been chasing the dream of clean nuclear …

This Super Glass Material Is Almost As Strong As Steel

A cracked cell phone screen could become a thing of the past<p>As engineers continue to push what is possible for our buildings and gadgets, so too do they find new ways to tweak the properties of glass. Typically, glass is produced by heating minerals to a high temperature then letting them cool, but …

Why we're stuck on planet Earth

Every so often, scientists get excited about finding water somewhere other than Earth. NASA's recent discovery, which showed signs of briny water on …

A material supreme: How graphene will shape the world of tomorrow

In his book <i>Guns, Germs, and Steel</i>, Jared Diamond put forth that civilizations which spread out and conquer others do so as a result of geographic …

Step inside the quietest room in the world

No, really — the company just won the Guinness World Record for it<p>So how do you make a super-silent room, and why bother?<p>Step inside to find out...

A Bill Gates-backed Canadian company opened a plant that sucks carbon from the air

Carbon Engineering, backed by Bill Gates and other investors, unveiled a test facility able to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using giant fans.<p>That carbon goes through a series of chemical processes and emerges as pellets, which can be used to make fuel — or simply be stored underground.<p>…

How Geothermal Energy Works

­­<p>Heat is sitting under the Earth -- we just need to tap it. Geothermal energy can be used in three ways:<p><b>­Direct geothermal energy</b>. In areas where …

What's in the Water?

"Must be something in the water... "<p><i>Photo credit: Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez</i><p>In fact, there are TONS of things in the water; millions and millions of things. It's no secret that most of the earth's surface is water - somewhere around 70% of it - so if you think about the distribution of living …

One of the Most Important Tools in Science Now Fits Inside Your Phone

A spectrometer that fits in your mobile devices could let you scan yourself for skin cancer.<p><i>Illustration by Mary O'Reilly</i><p>We use them to spy on exoplanets, diagnose skin-cancer, and ID the makeup of unknown chemicals. They're on NASA spacecraft flying around Saturn's moons right now. Yes, right …

Creator of photonic crystals wins Newton medal

<b>The US physicist who first discovered "photonic crystals" which can repel, trap and steer light is to receive the Newton Medal, the BBC can reveal.</b><p>This is the highest honour given by the Institute of Physics in London.<p>Prof Eli Yablonovitch of the University of California, Berkeley, proposed and …

5 simple chemistry facts that everyone should understand before talking about science

One of the most ludicrous things about the anti-science movement is the enormous number of arguments that are based on a lack of knowledge about high …

Discovered. A fish with a warm heart

New research demonstrates a remarkable adaptation in a fish. It has a warm heart<p>We usually think of fish as cold-blooded creatures and 99.9% of them are. But the opah, a deep-sea fish, has distinctly warm blood, according to new research.<p>Most fish have a body temperature tracks that of the water …

Fish

The most accurate clock ever built only loses one second every 15 billion years

Scientists have a set a new record in accurate timekeeping, creating an atomic clock that won't lose or gain a second in 15 billion years — a time span greater than the estimated age of the Universe. The clock measures the oscillation of strontium atoms to create its "tick," and could one day …

Meet the ‘living dead’: Forensic scientists’ new weapon

The bacteria in and on our bodies can betray some of our deepest secrets – even after we die. Linda Geddes investigates.<p>In the seconds after you breathe your last breath, the living dead take over. Now that your blood no longer flows, oxygen levels within your body plummet and degrading chemical …

Biology

How We Traveled The World On $40 A Day, And You Can Too

When we tell people that we traveled to 302 cities in 33 countries across 6 continents for our honeymoon, they generally assume we are millionaires--far from it. We just decided that life was too short, the world was too big, and the value of travel too great to wait until retirement, so we made it …

The floor tiles that use foot power to light up cities

Six years ago, Laurence Kemball-Cook had a brainwave. A graduate of Loughborough university, he was doing a placement year at the energy company Eon, where he was given the job of finding a way to power street lighting with solar energy and wind. It didn’t work, he says, in part because there’s a …

Clean Energy

EU researchers cultivate seaweed for biodegradable bioplastics

As the production of bioplastics is expected to rise, the use of these resources will also increase, which in turn will have effects on biomass …

Deep-Sea Dwellers Make A Natural Antibiotic

Humans aren't the only species that try to get rid of bacteria<p>On hot vents deep underneath the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, there lives something unusual: a gene that fights bacteria. The gene belongs to a microscopic organism, scientifically named <i>Aciduliprofundum boonei</i>, that lives in the extreme …

Le gendarme de la sûreté nucléaire en France délivre sa première sanction

<b>Pour la première fois depuis sa création, l'Autorité (indépendante) de sûreté nucléaire, ou ASN, a sanctionné une entreprise du secteur nucléaire</b> …

Oxygen absorbing material may allow us to breathe underwater

Using specially synthesized crystalline materials, scientists from the University of Southern Denmark have created a substance that is able to absorb …

New molecule found in space connotes life origins

Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule contained within a giant gas cloud in …

Biochar changes how water flows through soil

New research could help settle the debate about one of biochar’s biggest benefits—its seemingly contradictory ability to make clay soils drain faster …

Duke University

Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have To Die? Here's A Surprise

A puzzlement.<p>Why, I wonder, are both these things true? There is an animal, a wee little thing, the size of a poppy seed, that lives in lakes and rivers and eats whatever flows through it; it's called a gastrotrich<b>.</b> It has an extremely short life.<p><b>Hello, Goodbye, I'm Dead</b><p>It hatches. Three days …