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Quick and Simple Life Hacks 8

In pictures: Ultra-light material

Chinese researchers create “carbon aerogel” – a material so light that slender blades of grass will bear its weight without bending.


Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world?

Nanocellulose produced from humble algae holds promise for manufacturing, medicine, and the environment<p>It’s stiffer than Kevlar, thinner than paper, and in a few years, it may be mass-produced using only sunlight and water.<p>Scientists in the US this week announced a new, and potentially …

Researchers Rearrange Nuts In Low Gravity

Outcome: your Chex Mix will be better dispersed on Mars.<p>You may or may not have heard of the Brazil nut effect, but you've probably experienced it: open up a can of mixed nuts (or box of muesli, or any other heterogenous mixture of differently sized foodstuffs) and discover that the biggest items …

Zequals: the new symbol that will make us all better at sums

Here's a calculation for you: 33.8 x 854.29. Do it in your head. Now.<p>OK it's a crazy suggestion, anyone but a calculating genius would have to<br>resort …

School farms and eating animals you have cared for

<b>Increasing numbers of UK schools are starting up their own farms. The 100th opened last month, with at least 100 more planned, according to the School Farms Network. At Reddish Vale Technology College in Stockport, which has had a farm since 1986, pupils face the dilemmas of caring for animals</b> …


Mr. Wu’s waterless outhouse starts a toilet revolution in China

Growing up in rural Hebei province in the 1970s, Henry Wu knew one thing for certain: He didn't want to end up as the guy who cleaned the very basic village toilet, a putrid ditch that had to be dredged each day.<p>Teachers in Mr. Wu's village of Jiedi used to threaten students who didn't study hard …


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