Banal, yet eye-grabbing science story of the day: U.S. physicists have demonstrated that water droplets can run uphill, propelled by their own steam.
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When 12-year-old Peyton Robertson sees a problem, he is going to fix it. So when the young scientist noticed a perennial problem in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida –flooding during the region’s nasty hurricane season – he set to work building a better sandbag. Peyton’s sandbag contains an expandable polymer that’s lightweight and easy […]
File this under: Solutions we didn’t know we needed. Researchers in Florida — funded by P&G — have developed a detergent that leaves clothes 20% drier, reducing tumble time and thus saving electricity. (Dryers account for 5.8% of US residential electrical use.) The science? During the wash, cloth fibers act like tiny capillaries, holding on […]