Hamburg deters public urination by lining walls with hydrophobic spray

Hamburg hydrophobic walls

When man piss in wind, wind piss back, a modern Confucius states. In this line, the city of Hamburg ingeniously sought to address its growing public urination problem in the city’s busy party center by painting walls with hydrophobic paint. Next time an unsuspecting person wants to take a load off in Hamburg’s St. Pauli neighborhood, he might be in for a surprise – it’ll splash back at him.

Great Pics, News, Offbeat

“I wanted to take a picture of an octopus… but the octopus took pictures of me”


How the tables have turned! While documenting the experiments conducted on campus, Benjamin Savard, a digital media producer at Middlebury College, wanted to take some underwater pictures of an octopus. But the octopus had other plans. It grabbed the camera and turned it on Savard, who posted the photos and GIF of the entire sequence on Reddit.   “I was just trying to brainstorm

Archaeology, Feature Post, News

Spectacular Archaeological Discovery: Lost City Belonging to Mysterious Culture Discovered in the Honduran Rain Forest

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An expedition in the Honduras has emerged from the jungle with a spectacular announcement: they have discovered the remains of a lost city belonging to an unknown, mysterious culture. The team was investigating a lead regarding the site of a storied “White City,” also referred to in legend as the “City of the Monkey God.”  La Ciudad Blanca (the White City) is


Creating Lord of the Rings elf-like treehouses


Anthony Gibbons, a designer which specializes on sustainable materials and biomimicry developed some rad looking tree houses which seem to be taken straight from the elves’ forest home of Lothlorien in Lord of the Rings! The Roost (as its called) rises up above the forest floor with sleeping quarters, viewing platforms, and spiral stairs, fully usable; and yes, the trees

Feature Post, News, Science

Why we need to publish negative science – the perils of publication bias

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Science journal today seem to be dominated by positive results – that is those that are statistically significant and lead to a dramatic finding. The devil’s in the details they say, and the same hold true for the advances of science. While it’s true that groundbreaking research is what leads to leaps, these jumps are often ambiguous. Hundreds of other papers – some which control tidbits, other that replicate past findings – are paramount to filling in the blanks.

Feature Post, Science

Featured Researchers: This Week in Science


OK, it’s been a while since we did this feature, but it’s back now – and it’s here to stay. This is where we take a look back at the past week, discussing the most interesting studies and the researchers behind them. Bees have false memories too   Article Featured Researcher: Lars Chittka Affiliation: Chittka Lab, Queen Mary University of London Research Interests: His

Feature Post, World Problems

The tragic story of Tanzanian Albinos – hunted for body parts for witchcraft


Most of the time, the so-called civilized world would just rather turn a blind eye towards what is happening in Africa; right now, I’d like to shed some light on what it’s like to be an albino in Africa, and more specific, Tanzania.

Feature Post, Science

Airports all over the World are turning into Giant Bee Hives

buzzing airport

Airports, some of the busiest places, are now becoming unlikely hosts for bees. Not content with mechanical winged contraptions, airports all over the world, from Germany to the US, are stepping up their sustainability game and installing apiaries. Next time you’re down the airport concourse to your gate, stop for a second and look outside. You might be in for a surprise!

Animals, Did you know?

How urban pigeons dodge obstacles: they trade efficiency for safety


Big cities are crammed with millions of pigeons, but despite their large numbers the birds seem to have no problem navigating through bustling urban environments. I’ve often wondered how pigeons manage not to hit each other, first of all, when they sudden burst in a flock or why you never seem to see pigeons hit by taxis or poles. A new study suggests that this remarkable dodging is made by the pigeon through a trade-off between efficiency and safety, depending on the situation.