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Z Machine: Meet the X-Ray Generator That Can Melt Diamonds

Photo: Randy Montoya/Sandia National Laboratories/SPL Diamond is one of the hardest material in nature, but it’s no match for the Z Machine at the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It can create [...]

Bryan Cranston Becomes Walter White

(YouTube link) Watch Bryan Cranston turn into Walter White before your very eyes. They say TV makeup takes hours every day, but they managed this trick in five minutes flat in front of a studio audience on a short-lived Albuquerque talk show. The Breaking Bad season premiere is this Sunday, and you can catch the first [...]

Giant owls preying on cats and dogs

Albuquerque residents have claimed their pets are being targetted by giant owls roaming the area. One dog owner claimed that her puppy had been killed…

8 Candidates for the Next New Nation

On Saturday, South Sudan declared its independence, becoming the brand-spanking newest nation in the world. While peace and prosperity is still a good way off for this newborn, Texas-sized country—ethnic tensions are high, the economy is in shambles, and a half-dozen rebel groups have already vowed to take down the new government—the South Sudanese people [...]

Bronies: Adult Men Who Like to Watch My Little Pony

A “brony” is an adult male fan of the children’s cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. These are not rare men, but a legion of dedicated fans with websites and news services devoted to the cartoon: Each day, out-of-work computer programmer Luke Allen self-medicates by watching animated ponies have magical adventures. The 32-year-old, who lives in [...]

Idiot Control Now: MST3K Movie Musical Moments

Best Brains Inc., the eponymous minds behind Mystery Science Theater 3000, had a fabulous creative team that came up with many hilarious song parodies and musical tributes over the course of the series’ 10 year run. But that’s not our topic today. Instead, we’re going behind the scenes to find out about some fan-favorite musical [...]

The Real Details of the Hot Coffee Lawsuit

Any time you find yourself in an argument about frivolous lawsuits and tort reform, someone’s probably going to bring up “that woman who sued McDonald’s over the hot coffee and won four ba-jillion dollars in damages.” The popular version of the story has a little something for everyone: a stalwart national company as the plaintiff, [...]

Illegal Rainbows

Graffiti artist Rainbow Warrior in Albuquerque finds drab buildings and “improves” them by spilling paint to pour “illegal rainbows” off their tops. City officials are angry and threaten to go after the “knuckleheads” behind the scheme, but Ingrid Fetell of Aesthetics of Joy asks whether the rainbows – while illegal – can still be joyful: I find [...]

Cities as Math Equations

Every city is different – New York and Los Angeles are night and day in terms of layout, population dynamics and economy – but are they similar enough that they can be described mathematically? Is there a set of physical equations to which all cities – from small towns to sprawling megalopolises – conform? That’s what [...]

Scientists Create World’s Smallest Battery

A research team by Jianyu Huang (pictured) at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque claims to have developed the world’s smallest battery: It consists of a bulk lithium cobalt cathode three millimeters long, an ionic liquid electrolyte, and has as its anode a single tin oxide (Sn02) nanowire 10 nanometers long and 100 nanometers in diameter – [...]