Physics, The Coriolis Effect And Your Toilet

July 14, 2014
Coriolis Effect Bathroom

How science affects your stalls. Source: Glupod

Have you ever wondered why the water in your toilet (or other bathroom fixtures, for that matter) always drains in a certain direction and not the other? If you did, you might have heard that it has something to do with the Coriolis effect. You might have also heard that this also causes toilets in the southern hemisphere to turn in the opposite direction. This idea has been around for a long time. And though the Coriolis effect has an impact on a lot of things on our planet, toilet water is not one of them.

Coriolis Effect Equator

The Equator separates the northern and southern hemispheres Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Grill Not Working? Have A BBQ Anyway With An Aluminum Can

July 13, 2014

Grant Thompson calls it a Bitty-Q: an aluminum can “grill” that can cook brats just as well as your own gas grill. If you’ve got the patience, you too can have an individual-size grill when in a pinch (or want to impress some of your friends).

This Plankton House Is About To Revolutionize Our World

July 12, 2014
Plankton House Cocoon Fs

The cocoon Source: Contemporist

Believe it or not, plankton is about to change your life. Meet Cocoon_FS: the world’s first featherweight, phytoplankton inspired, thunderstorm-proof, floating and prefabricated structure. The game changing invention’s self-supporting shell is composed of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP), and the entire structure weighs just over 1,500 pounds, making it easy to move from place to place.

Plankton House Cocoon Fs From Above

Source: B2E3

Plankton House Materials

Materials used in the Cocoon Source: Jan Ruben

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These Awesome Sun Facts Will Blow Your Mind

July 9, 2014

The sunrise and sunset occur so regularly that we often take their consistency for granted. Though ordinary and expected in mind, in reality the Sun is essentially the sole reason for our survival as a race. To remind you just how cool our Sun is, we’ve rounded up the 20 most incredible sun facts:

Facts About Sun Speed

Ring of Fire Facts

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The Mindblowing Science Of Fireworks

July 3, 2014

This Fourth of July, impress all of your tipsy friends with your peer-reviewed knowledge of America’s favorite explosives.

The Terribly Inaccurate And Bad Science In 6 Of Your Favorite Films

June 30, 2014

When it comes to scientific accuracy in sci-fi movies, it’s no secret that most filmmakers play it fast and loose, with audience entertainment being the ultimate goal. Luckily, a lot of moviegoers are quite adept at suspending their disbelief for the sake of preserving their fantasy, (and getting their money’s worth out of movie ticket prices) but when you add up all the scientific faux pas -even in films we consider to be groundbreaking – you start to realize why it’s named science “fiction”.

Bad Science: Jurassic Park

Bad Science Jurassic Park Kitchen

Source: Drafthouse

Jurassic Park is a lovable piece of cinema that has a place in the hearts of sci-fi lovers everywhere, but it is ripe with implausibility, as the fact stands that extinction is permanent. Take that out of the equation, and we’d still be fighting to find the dinosaurs’ DNA INTACT. If that fairy tale did indeed come to light, then we’d be taking on the severe improbability of successfully extracting, sequencing, assembling genomes into chromosomes, and finally- the cherry on top of this inconceivable sundae- injecting these chromosomes into a compatible, LIVING egg. So unless someone has an unhatched dinosaur egg lying around, forget it, guys. Also, the species of mosquito shown here in the amber (Toxorhynchites rutilusis) is the only kind in its species that doesn’t actually suck blood. Oops.

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