New sugar polymer can purify water in seconds

Scientists have developed a new polymer that can clean water of tiny impurities and pollutants in a matter of seconds. This could revolutionize the water purification industry, not only saving numerous lives, but saving a lot of money and energy in the process. The team was led by Will Dichtel from Cornell University in the US. “What we did is make

Facebook conducted psychological experiments on its users

Facebook being unethical – again I think at this point it’s safe to say that ethics isn’t necessarily one of Facebook‘s concerns, and this study shows it once again. What am I talking about? A covert experiment which influenced the emotions of 600,000 people, without asking for permission. The entire situation is starting to become one big Monty Python sketch. Was permission

Never before seen “magic island” pops up on Saturn’s Moon Titan

Astronomers have discovered a previously unspotted geological feature on Saturn’s moon, Titan. Pictures taken by the Cassini probe revealed a transient geological feature – a “magic island”. Now you see it, now you don’t The bright, mysterious object was seen in Ligeia Mare, the second-largest sea on Saturn’s moon Titan. But Cassini took pictures of that area before, and the

GeoPicture of the Week: Geologic Faults

This picture from Cornell University really encapsulates the beauty of a geologic fault – it’s like someone took it from a text book and slammed into real life. In geology, a fault is a planar fracture or discontinuity in a volume of rock, across which there has been significant displacement along the fractures. You can see how the different layers (strata)