Robert Garland

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Why Are They Building a Skyscraper in the Middle of the Amazon?

Why Brazilian and German scientists are collaborating to erect a climate observation tower as tall as Paris's Tour Eiffel in the middle of the rainforest.<p><b>On August 15, construction began on what</b> will become the tallest skyscraper in South America—a structure as high as Paris's Eiffel Tower. But …

Climate Change

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

Noah's Ark: the scientific version

With the weather worsening, it may be time to build a second ark to preserve the ecosystem. But can it be done using science, instead of divine intervention?<p>The UK experienced a major storm this week. Cardiff, where I live, had the highest rainfall in the country. This is nothing unusual in Wales. …

Jellyfish are taking over the seas, and it might be too late to stop them

Last week, Sweden’s Oskarshamn nuclear power plant, which supplies 10% of the country’s energy, had to shut down one of its three reactors after a jellyfish invasion clogged the piping of its cooling system. The invader, a creature called a moon jellyfish, is 95% water and has no brain. Not what …

High Blood Pressure

Arduino Yun weds Arduino, WiFi and Linux at Maker Faire 2013

The Arduino Robot wasn't the only interesting product the Italian company launched at Maker Faire this past weekend. Arduino Yún combines a Leonardo board (featuring Atmel's ATmega32u4) with a MIPS-based WiFi SoC (Atheros AR9331) running Limino (an OpenWRT / Linux derivative). It includes …