Michael Phelps and solar power – what’s the connection?

¿Cómo se gana Oro?
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What do Michael Phelps and solar power have in common? (And no – the answer isn’t that solar was the secret behind that high-tech suit he raced to 8 gold medals.) Check out the latest post on the Oil & Gas Investor‘s fascinating Oil Rules blog for the answer from our very own Claire.

If you’re not already reading Oil Rules, check it out – bloggess Lindsay Goodier brings you the latest oil industry news (and let’s face it – who doesn’t need to be up to speed on energy?) in a witty and engaging way – tackling John McCain copying the FrenchParis Hilton’s energy policy – and everything in between.

And in case you missed it – here’s a link to Oil Rules’ tour through the Wiess Energy Hall with Claire. Wondering why gas is $4 a gallon? We can’t promise your wallet will be wincing any less, but a visit to this hall is sure to clear things up – and hopefully inspire some ideas about alternatives for the future.

Science Doesn’t Sleep (8.14.08)

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Nutritous and delicious.
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So here’s what went down after you logged off.

For the 2008 Olympians, what’s nutritious and delicious? Powdered apple peel.

Humans and wild elephants in Indonesia have come into repeated conflict over habitat – resulting in property losses for humans and deaths of wild elephants. So, locals have developed a squadron of trained “flying elephants” that patrol the perimeter villages and warn their brethren away.

Insects that dive underwater create an “underwater lung” – an air bubble they carry with them as they swim – in order to breathe. Scientists have just figured out how it works.

Don’t forget to sleep on it: sleep plays a sophisticated role in what we remember – and what we forget.

Geographic profiling: what works for bees also works for serial killers.

Ready the wonderment: the Moon goes into partial eclipse this Saturday night.

Where have all the sea monsters gone? A variety of factors are transforming Earth’s oceans into “simplistic ecosystems dominated by microbes, toxic algal blooms, jellyfish and disease.”