A parlor-trick mystery explained at last.
- Two grape halves heated in a microwave produce light-emitting ionized gas, or plasma.
- The grapes collect and trap microwaves whose energy eventually bursts outward.
- The discovery could lead to passive microwave antennas.
Japan looks to replace China as the primary source of critical metals
- Enough rare earth minerals have been found off Japan to last centuries
- Rare earths are important materials for green technology, as well as medicine and manufacturing
- Where would we be without all of our rare-earth magnets?
Recipe for awe: Coat one egg with Starlite. Blast it with a ridiculous amount of heat until charred black. Crack it open.
- A professional hairdresser and amateur chemist invented an unbelievably heat-resistant coating called Starlite.
- Military applications brought governments running, but the inventor's odd negotiating style ruined discussions.
- Was Starlite lost when he died, or had it already been stolen?
Be glad your name isn't attached to any of these bad ideas.
- Some inventions can be celebrated during their time, but are proven to be devastating in the long run.
- The inventions doesn't have to be physical. Complex mathematical creations that create money for Wall Street can do as much damage, in theory, as a gas that destroys the ozone layer.
- Inventors can even see their creations be used for purposes far different than they had intended.
The researchers created a special polymer that can make robots repair themselves.
- Scientists are creating robots that can heal themselves.
- Ability to heal is important for soft robots.
- Soft robots can perform delicate operations but can damage easily.
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