Chemistry, News, Nutrition

Simple way of cooking rice could halve its calories

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I know, the title sounds like one of those scams that promise you’ll lose weight – but this is all science all the way. Researchers in Sri Lanka have found a simple way of cooking the rice that not only reduces calories by half, but also provides other health benefits. The key addition is coconut oil.

Science

Scientists develop night-vision eye drops

This is how a human guinea pig with night vision looks like.

A group of biochemical engineers in the US have managed to give a volunteer complete night vision, allowing him to see for 50 meters in almost complete darkness for several hours. To make things even better, they did this without any injections or lenses – only eye drops.

Fossil Friday

#FossilFriday: Slab of sea-star fossils

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It’s chique, awesome looking and really old – it’s the paleontological equivalent of a Louis Vuitton! ……

Climate, Feature Post, Great Pics

Repeat Photography From the 1920s and Now Shows Incredible Glacier Retreat

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Repeat photography (or rephotography) is a technique in which photographs are taken repeatedly at a site to see how it evolves. It’s especially useful for glaciers, particularly because other remote ways of estimating glacial mass, depth, and rate of retreat are imperfect. These photos depict how this technique was used at a number of locations in Alaska. Here, we see…

News, Renewable Energy, Technology

Chinese scientists build first hydrogen-powered tram

Image: New China TV

China is the largest polluter in the world at the moment, and they’re also reaping what they sew. But you can’t accuse the Chinese for not trying to right their ways – at least some of them; in an effort to mitigate the ridiculous amounts of smog that clouds some of China’s cities, scientists have developed the first hydrogen-powered tram….

Animals, Great Pics, News

Cute bunny species observed for the first time in 20 years

It's extremely cute, and extremely endangered.

There’s good news, and bad news. The good news is that an extremely rare bunny has been observed for the first time in 20 years, but the bad news is that their numbers seem to have dwindled more than ever, and we may never see them again.

News, Science

A revolution in education: Finland to stop teaching individual topics

Image via The Telegraph.

Finland, one of the educational hotspots of the world, is committed to a revolution in education: by 2020, they will move on to a topic type of education. In other words, you won’t be learning about math, physics and chemistry, but you’ll be learning specific topics – eliminating the “what’s the point of learning this?” type of questions.

Astronomy, Astrophysics, News

Scientists find the sound of stars

Solar flare. Image via Wikipedia.

A chance discovery has provided experimental evidence that stars may generate sound. While he was examining the interaction of an ultra-intense laser with a plasma target, John Parsley from the University of York found that interfering plasma generates a series of pressure pulses – in other words, sounds.

Environment, News

Science Museums asked to break ties with Koch Brothers

Koch Industries are among the main supporters of climate-change deniers. Image via Huff Post.

A group of leading scientists and non-profit organizations are urging museums of science and natural history to break their ties with the Koch brothers, climate-change deniers and industrialists. The two brothers of Koch Industries, the second largest privately-held company in the US, are funding misinformation campaigns regarding global warming and humanity’s impact on the planetary climate. “When some of the…

News, Offbeat, Space

The science behind the supertide that stranded the French Abbey

A supertide envelopes Mont Saint-Michel. Associated Press

A shocking image went viral a few days ago, with an 11th-century French abbey completely surrounded by water following a super tide. Naturally, many similar photos followed, and many “explanations” emerged, most vaguely referencing the solar eclipse, something about gravitational cycles, and some even stated it was caused by the “tide of the century”, although the “tide of the century” comes by every 18 years. So let’s take a look at what actually happened.