Liquid and gel hand sanitizers can decontaminate hard surfaces, but these wet methods don’t quite work on fabrics, that is unless…unless a full wash and dry is in the cards. Introducing a nonthermal plasma wand that uses a dry method that leaves no residue, making it perfect soft materials, like clothing or seats. Read more for a video and additional information.
Bioluminescence turned waves neon blue in Newport Beach this past week, a moment that was captured on camera by three Southern California photographers who stumbled upon the extraordinary sight. They happened to be at the right place and time after spotting a thick red tide that turned the ocean a rusty red earlier that day. Read morefor two videos and additional information.
You may have seen Oishiya’s fish-shaped soy sauce bottles in sushi boxes worldwide, but now, they are being repurposed with hand sanitizing gel to help the coronavirus pandemic relief efforts for their SafeHandFish campaign. Oishiya teamed up with Clear Electron to fill the bottles with CleanseEX, a natural antibacterial gel, to help speed up the process while also offering an efficient way of distributing their products. Read more for a video and additional information.
For those who don’t know, Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) uses short-wavelength ultraviolet light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to perform vital cellular functions. Students Sum Ming Wong and Kin Pong Li have decided to take this technology and integrate it directly into a door handle. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA has plans to make oxygen on the Moon using gold. That’s right, they are converting carbon dioxide into oxygen using equipment attached to one of its rovers that will be launched to the Moon, or in other words, a golden box called the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE). The golden box itself will be made of gold to assure that the impact with any nearby electronics boxes inside the space rover will be minimal. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Kyle Stock
Incredible photos have surfaced online of the red tide and beautiful bioluminescence phenomenon in San Diego. This mesmerizing blue and neon glow of the tide is created by algae blooms, or better known as red tides, that are filled with phytoplankton called “dinoflagellates.” These tiny organisms react with bioluminescence when ruffled by the moving water. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Science Creeks
NASA is funding the Lunar Crater Radio Telescope (LCRT), a meshed telescope inside a crater on the far side of the moon. This is the face of the moon that is permanently positioned away from Earth, with very little radio interference from humans. This telescope would have great advantages compared to telescopes on our planet, and would stretched across the crater by NASA’s DuAxel Rovers. Read more for a video and additional information.
Scientists have discovered a star “dancing” around Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, that moves just as Einstein predicted with his general theory of relativity. The team has studied it for 27 years using European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile’s Atacama Desert, hoping to unravel the mysteries of the gargantuan black hole at the heart of our galaxy. Read more for a video and additional information.
Yes, Lake Hillier is a real saline lake on the edge of Middle Island off the south coast of Western Australia. What sets it apart from others is its pink color, which does not come from artificial coloring, but rather due to the presence of the organism Dunaliella salina. Unfortunately, this is not a place you want to be swimming, as air is the best mode of transportation for viewing the lake. Read more for a video and additional in formation.
Researchers at MIT’s Dream Lab are creating technologies capable of hacking your dreams. One such technology is a glove-like device called Dormio, which comes equipped with multiple sensors capable of detecting which sleeping state the wearer is in. When you reach the state in between conscious and subconscious, or hypnagogia, the glove plays a pre-recorded audio clip that consists of a single word and records everything the user says in response. Read more for a video and additional information.