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Are CO2 emissions contributing to obesity ?

A controversial new theory by Danish researchers has linked carbon dioxide levels with obesity. The team studied statistics over two decades and concl…

Where the Trees Are

NASA posted a map detailing the “Aboveground Woody Biomass” in the continental United States (in other words, trees). Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) recently worked with colleagues at the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey to create such an inventory for the United States. The map above was [...]

Human carbon emissions could delay ice age

Scientists believe the next big ice age could be delayed for years thanks to human carbon emissions. Another ice age is expected within the next 1500 …

Hothouse Earth

The earth saw a mysterious episode of global warming 56 million years ago due to a surge of carbon into the atmosphere. Animals could walk from continent to continent and never see ice. That period is called PETM, or the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, and it changed everything about life on earth. Paleontologist Philip Gingerich has [...]

4 Things You Can Do With Dry Ice (Besides Make Fake Fog)

Dry ice—or solid carbon dioxide, as it’s more specifically called—is a staple item in middle and high school science classes. But it’s also easily obtainable for anyone who wants to experiment with it in the comfort of his or her own home. While you still need to take precautions when handling it—don’t ever touch it [...]

Top 10 Most Extreme Substances

What are the most extreme substances in the world? No, not Mountain Dew; this list compiles and gives the details on the hottest, most flammable and most acidic substances known to man. One of which can melt through twelve layers of concrete. What do you get when you stack carbon nanotubes on their ends and sandwich [...]

The Strange Fate of Big Nose George

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. The subject matter may be disturbing for some readers. “Big Nose” George Parrot got his nickname for the fact that he had a very large proboscis, but his real claim to fame comes from something much stranger than a prodigious schnoz. [...]

Carbon Fiber Toilet Seat

Sure, an ordinary toilet seat can withstand most, uh, loads. But if you need a toilet seat that can really take punishment without breaking, try this one made out of 550,000 psi tensile carbon fiber. Link via Jalopnik | Photo: Carbon Fiber Gear

What’s Cooking at the Museum of Burnt Food

A return visit to a carbon sink facility by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff The Museum of Burnt Food continues to grow and prosper. Since our last visit to the museum, the collection has moved to a new facility in Arlington, Massachusetts. A small lake next to the building serves as a scenic, yet high-capacity emergency reaction [...]

Champagne Should be Poured Like Beer – into a Tilted Flute

French physicists at the Université de Reims have studied the best way to pour champagne; their surprising discovery is that it should be poured into a tilted long-stemmed glass rather than into an upright one. The goal is to retain as much dissolved carbon dioxide as possible in the decanted liquid: In champagne and sparkling wine [...]