Category Archives: Science

Library Link of the Day: A High Schooler Has Upended a Fundamental Chemistry Theory

Courtesy of Inverse: “You may not remember much from high school chemistry, but you probably recall learning the fundamental lesson that carbon, the quintessential element of life, can form four bonds with other molecules. Carbon’s four bonds are responsible for … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: A 15-Mile Stretch of California’s Coast Is Currently Glowing Neon Blue

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: “A DENSE BLOOM OF BIOLUMINESCENT algae off the coast of Southern California has lit up the Pacific Ocean with an eerie and fantastical neon blue glow, sending photographers and spectators to the beach at night in hopes … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day:Yanny or Laurel? The science behind the audio version of The Dress

Courtesy of The Verge: Once there was the dress; now there’s Yanny or Laurel. This audio illusion, which went viral after first appearing on Reddit, has the internet torn. After all, what kind of monster doesn’t hear Yanny? When Verge Science listened to it this … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: 10 Ways to Hack Your Cooking with Chemistry

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “Cooking is chemistry. There’s no way around it. Every time you boil water, add salt, or mix salad dressing, you’re creating a chemical reaction. Luckily, knowing a bit more about how those reactions happen can help you … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: What is a Dyson sphere?

Courtesy of EarthSky.org: “Proponents of solar power know that only a tiny fraction of the sun’s total energy strikes the Earth. What if we, as a civilization, could collect all of the sun’s energy? If so, we would use some form of … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: ‘Everything-repellent’ coating could kidproof phones, homes

Courtesy of Science Daily: “In an advance that could grime-proof phone screens, countertops, camera lenses and countless other everyday items, a materials science researcher at the University of Michigan has demonstrated a smooth, durable, clear coating that swiftly sheds water, … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Stephen Hawking’s Last Theory About the Universe Is Good News

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “When a great mind passes away, the world grieves twice: once for their life, and once for their work. That’s why it was so comforting to know that on the day Stephen Hawking died, he had a … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Check Out the Most Detailed Map of Our Galaxy Ever

Courtesy of the European Space Agency: “Gaia’s all-sky view of our Milky Way Galaxy and neighbouring galaxies, based on measurements of nearly 1.7 billion stars. The map shows the total brightness and colour of stars observed by the ESA satellite … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Los Angeles is painting some of its streets white and the reasons why are pretty cool

Courtesy of CBS News: “In the race to combat climate change, the city of Los Angeles is employing a surprising new tactic — covering its streets in a grayish-white coating known as CoolSeal. It’s sprayed onto the roadway with trucks, then … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Plastic Bag Taxes and Bans Are Working

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “Paper or plastic? You’ve probably heard the question approximately 2.589 billion times. But depending on where you live, that question might have changed in recent years to something like, “Do you want to buy a bag, or … Continue reading

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