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13 Tips For Saving Water the Californian Way | Smart Cities Dive

<i>Native plants at the Lamb Residence / Mia Lehrer + Associates</i><p>California is a big state. To understand water saving techniques for the average person, …

Gardening

The 11 Most Important Cats Of Science

I can haz scienz?<p>[Special thanks to materials scientist Joe Spalenka for letting us use his photoshopped image of Watson And Crick Plus Chloe The Cat.]

Old Laptop Batteries Get New Life Providing Energy To Poor

One person's trash is another's source of light and electricity<p>A group of scientists in India have developed a way to recycle discarded lithium-ion laptop batteries into easily charged sources of light and power. Researchers in Bangalore developed prototype devices that can be used to provide hours …

NASA's Incredible, Futuristic, And Totally Real Plan To Establish A Human Colony On Venus

In fact, up in the clouds above its scorching surface, Venus is "probably the most Earth-like environment that's out there," Chris Jones of NASA told Evan Ackerman at IEEE Spectrum.<p>Forget Mars and its frigid temperatures and thin atmosphere when we can live like gods, afloat in the clouds of …

Astronomy

Scientists Figure Out How To Unboil Eggs

Next step: Unscrambling<p>It has often been said that you can't unscramble an egg. But you might be able to unboil one.<p>When you boil an egg, the heat causes the proteins inside the egg white to tangle and clump together, solidifying it. New research published in <i>ChemBioChem</i> by scientists at UC Irvine …

The science behind the perfect chip

How – and where – should you fry the ultimate chips? Veronique Greenwood takes a piping-hot plunge into the secret ways to create fried potato perfection.<p>The very best chips combine a crisp crust with a piping-hot, snowy-white interior – a delicious combination that arises when potatoes descend …

Chemistry

The Closest Color Photo of Pluto Ever Shot

After a nine year journey towards the outer edge of our solar system, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has beamed back its first color photo of Pluto …

Solar System

Earth ‘swallowed Mercury-like planet’ to form layers and magnetic field – Oxford study

Earth may have swallowed up a massive planet similar to Mercury in its early history, which formed our planet’s layers and magnetic field allowing life to flourish, researchers at Oxford University suggest.<p>Swallowing a sulfur-rich protoplanet could explain where earth got its layers and magnetic …

Intense magnetic field close to supermassive black hole

Astronomers have revealed an extremely powerful magnetic field, beyond anything previously detected in the core of a galaxy, very close to the event …

Black Holes

Meteorites pinpoint the age of the Moon

Stuart Gary<p>Moon age <b>The Moon was created 4.47 billion years ago, according to a new study of meteorites containing ancient fragments from the giant</b> …

Astronomy