Science Doesn’t Sleep (8.12.08)

African Elephant
Creative Commons License photo credit: Martin Pettitt

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

What gives jalapenos their kick? Fungus. Yum.

Robots with skin? Japanese scientists have developed a stretchy, rubber covering for robots that allows them to detect heat and pressure.

Elephants never forget – really. A new study has shown that herd matriarchs have exceptional memory for distant sources of food and water which can be the key to their herd’s survival.

Just one restaurant can produce 490 tons of CO2 every year – and there are 940,000 of them just in the US. So, how do you feel about “green cuisine?”

Have you been following the “case of the missing viper” at Moody Gardens? It sounds like something out of Encyclopedia Brownbut It’s escaped for real – twice. And now, investigators are pulling out the polygraph.

Did you stay up to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower? What did you think? Leave us a comment and let us all know what the experience was like.

Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.21.08)

Lime
No, not that kind of lime.
Creative Commons License photo credit: Phillie Casablanca

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

The Olympics have been taken over by…the BLOB!

It’s hurricane season, and you know what that means – we’ve got one headed for us.

Adding lime to seawater could reduce atmospheric levels of CO2. It will not, however, make a very good margarita.

Archaeologists in Egypt will reassemble a boat built to ferry the pharoah into the afterlife.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed artificial whiskers that can sense their environment.