Lorri Sprague-Rivas

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The Hobbit; an unexpected theological journey

<b>The Hobbit; an unexpected theological journey</b><p>As the latest Warner Bros fantasy blockbuster, The Hobbit, hits the cinema screens, Dr Alison Milbank of …

Eating Yogurt Does Weird Things To Your Brain

How and why are tougher questions.<p>Does what you eat affect your body more, or your mind? Can you just chow down on Big Macs as far as the brain goes, and be pretty much set? Or is there a deeper connection between thinking and food?<p>A new UCLA study that's one part gross to three parts fascinating …

A Generator That Harnesses Energy From Ocean Currents

A working model of the estimated $5-million device could be ready within a year.<p>The magic of ocean currents is that they surround every continent on Earth and they run all day, every day. That's what sets this energy source apart from wind, solar, tidal, or wave—all of which are cyclical, meaning …

How To Make Bricks Out Of Dirt

Dirt-cheap bricks—just add pressure<p>Bricks are fairly easy to make, but in the developing world, traditional fired bricks are sometimes weak and crumble-prone, while cement ones are often unaffordable. The Vermeer BP714 is the first compressed-earth-block machine that makes strong air-dried bricks …

Can You Tornado-Proof A Home?

How to protect your house from an EF-5 tornado--and why FEMA doesn't recommend you even try.<p>As with so many "is it possible" type questions, the answer of whether you can have a tornado-proof house is a resounding "well, yes, but." In this case, that sentence goes: "Well, yes, but it would be …

The Amazing Potential Of Wave Energy, In Numbers

Some major wave energy installations are planned for the U.K. and the U.S.<p>Plans for the world's biggest wave farm got the go-ahead from the Scottish government, the BBC reported last week. Exactly how big is the farm? It will create more than twice as much energy as nearby homes will be able to use.<p>…

The Energy Fix: When Will The U.S. Reach Energy Independence? [Infographic]

What government forecasts suggest about U.S. energy independence<p>Since long before the rise in big data, the U.S. Energy Information Administration has tracked the country's energy consumption and production [thick lines]. The size of the gap between the two reflects how close the country is to …

The Energy Fix: How To Clean Up Fracking's Bad Rep

If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation’s energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.<p>Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up huge reservoirs of oil and gas across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration predicts that production of …

The Limits Of The Human Body: Popular Science At Nerd Nite

<i>At Nerd Nite in San Francisco,</i> Popular Science_ Editor-in-Chief Jacob Ward explains why technology's biggest limitation is the human body itself. Join Ward August 17 in Brooklyn, NY, for the first annual Nerd Nite Global Festival.—Eds._

America's Road To Energy Independence, Part 2

A four-part series on the clean technologies that will set us free<p><i>Our series follows Editor-in-Chief Jacob Ward on a trip across the country and around the world to see firsthand the ideas that could usher in a new era of true energy independence for the United States. In this episode: turning</i> …