Natural Phenomena That Science Has Trouble Explaining

July 15, 2014
Natural Phenomena Colony Collapse Bees

Source: Reuters

Colony Collapse Disorder

Since honeybees started dying off in frightening amounts around 2006, there has been much discussion over just what the culprit of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is, and a recent report released by the USDA sheds little new light on the subject. There exists no single smoking gun in relation to CCD, but many probable causes.

Natural Phenomena Colony Collapse

Source: Wikipedia

Researchers have looked to parasitic mites found in abandoned colonies (the Varroa mite), any number of different viruses, colder winters, bacterial disease, as well as many different pesticides used on crops to explain the phenomenon. However, they have yet to uncover how these scenarios are working in conjunction with each other to rapidly wipe out the American honeybee population. The following chart deals with the particular neonicotinoid based pesticides and the Varroa mite, and how they relate to honeybee populations worldwide.

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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.