Megan Gaesser

20 Flips | 1 Magazine | 2 Likes | @MeganGaesser | Keep up with Megan Gaesser 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 “Megan Gaesser”

Bacteria-powered folding batteries could power paper biosensors

We've seen flexible displays for some time now, and engineers at Binghamton University developed an origami-inspired foldable battery. The folding part is great, but these batteries are also powered by bacteria and made from paper, providing an low-cost option for remote locales where resources are …

The hunt is on for new antibiotics – but we have to start looking outside the lab

In 1945, Alexander Fleming, the scientist who first observed the action of a new bacteria-fighting substance on a mouldy Petri dish, sounded a sober note. I imagine it may have clashed uneasily with the gala occasion: Fleming’s Nobel acceptance speech for co-discovering penicillin. After describing …

Tesla Gigafactory spending: More than $50M so far, and much more to come

Just outside Reno, Nevada, work on Tesla Motors’ massive lithium-ion cell “Gigafactory” continues.<p>The plant meant to supply large quantities of battery cells for future electric cars is expected to cost around $5 billion, and now Tesla has started to spend tens of millions of dollars toward that …

Tesla

Elon Musk says Tesla will unveil a new kind of battery to power your home

The eccentric CEO said the product will be ready for production in a matter of months<p>Tesla didn't ship nearly as many cars this quarter as it had projected, but CEO Elon Musk remained upbeat during today's earnings call as he let some details slip about a brand new product. According to Musk, the …

Samsung TVs start inserting ads into your movies

Thought you could watch that video on your local hard drive without ads? Think again: A number of owners of Samsung’s smart TVs are reporting this …

Scientists now know why popcorns pop

Study unravels physics of kernel – water contained in the shell rapidly escapes as steam under heat, making the corn ‘pop’<p>The popping sound made by popcorn is normally viewed as a pleasing cue that your snack is ready to eat, but for scientists the phenomenon represented one of nature’s significant …

Thermodynamics

How sleeping 6 times a day helped the founder of WordPress build a billion-dollar company

Matt Mullenweg’s WordPress content management platform is one of the most influential pieces of software on the Internet, running more than 19 percent of websites (including VentureBeat).<p>But before Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, was on the path to being a billion-dollar company, …

Hacking

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

Only one city in the world is more sustainable than London

The first Arcadis Sustainable Cities Index of 50 cities has declared a winner, and London only made the number two spot<p>Excellent higher education establishments and a strong health record have helped make London the second most sustainable city in the world, a new report has found, but high …

Planetary system older than once thought possible -- 11.2 billion years old

The oldest planetary system ever found has been spotted by astronomers. The ancient star and five small, Earth-like planets are about 11.2 billion years old.<p>Until now, scientists questioned whether rocky planets could have formed so long ago, just 2.6 billion years after the big bang. Now they have …

The Ideal Work Schedule, as Determined by Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — …

YouTube Now Plays HTML5 Video By Default, Eschews Adobe Flash

Good riddance, buffering screen--hello, standard web video experience<p>I'm the de facto tech support person in my family. This means every trip to a relative's house I'm asked (among other things) whether or not to update Adobe Flash. Well, we're one step closer to sidestepping that question …

Software

India Grows, Canada Disappears: Mapping Countries By Population

World maps distort — it's inherent in their design.<p>Take a spherical object (the Earth) and try to represent it on a flat plane (paper), and some parts of the sphere are going to get stretched. On most maps, Canada and Russia get puffed up, while countries along the equator get shrunk.<p>Every now and …

Genetically modified crop successfully fed to salmon, say scientists

Genetically modified plants which produce Omega-3 have been successfully fed to salmon<p>Genetically modified plants created by British scientists to contain health boosting Omega-3 have been declared a safe alternative to fish oil.<p>A crop of camelina (false flax) has been spliced with genes to produce …

Climate models don't over-predict warming, study shows

If you listen to climate change skeptics, Earth's surface hasn't warmed appreciably in the last 15 years, and any "record" set last year is just the result of the planet doing what the planet naturally does.<p>It turns out they're right, but for the wrong reasons, according to a study published online …