Katherine Trudel

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This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

Electric Stimulation To Spine Gets Paralyzed Patients Moving Again

Four men who had been paralyzed for two years or more were able to move their legs, knees, ankles and toes.<p>After you've injured your spinal cord, getting a "motor complete" diagnosis means you're unable to move your legs—or anything on your body, below the injury—under your own volition. Stay …

Los Angeles

Galaxy Cluster Is a Cosmic Magnifying Glass for Hubble Telescope

A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals a galaxy cluster so huge that it acts like a magnifying glass, warping and amplifying light from …

Stanford scientists make $5 chemistry set inspired by a music box

Manu Prakash, an assistant professor in bioengineering at Stanford University, recently won a $50,000 award for developing a simple way to reimagine the chemistry set for the 21st century. By using parts from a music box, Prakash, with the help of graduate student George Korir, was able to create a …

The South Pole Is a Great Place to View Space

The Big Bang radiation discovery happened there—and when you look at Antarctic conditions, you can understand why.<p>The South Pole in winter is a far from ideal spot for humans. The temperature averages -72 degrees Fahrenheit (-58 degrees Celsius), it's dark for six months, and it's as bone dry as …

Cosmic Bulletins: Two Major Discoveries Rock Science

The Theory of General Relativity seemed truly bizarre when Albert Einstein first articulated it 99 years ago: gravity, the great physicist declared, …

Space rainbow: Glory seen in Venus atmosphere

For the first time, a spacecraft has imaged a rainbow-like feature known as a ‘glory’ on another planet.<p>A rainbow-like feature known as a ‘glory’ has …

Astronomy

Were Volcanoes Ice Age Refuges for Life?

Geothermal havens may have sheltered continent's organisms, study says.<p>Named after Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, volcanoes are best known for their destructive power.<p>But a new study bolsters the idea that they can also be havens for life, as refuges for plants and animals during ice …

Tech and Science

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Colossal 'Hole' in Space Could Be Link to Universe Beyond Our Own

Leave this world, travel 6 billion–10 billion light years toward the Eridanus constellation, and you’ll run into a giant cosmic wall of nothingness.<p>A …