In keeping with its safety reputation, Volvo has developed a new spray for cyclists that is invisible in daylight but highly reflective at night. As they say on their website “the best way to survive a crash is to not crash.”
Boeing has received a patent for the design of a device many describe as a science-fiction-like force field that could protect people from the shockwaves of explosions. Is this the real deal?
Here we go again. Science news writers just can’t help themselves comparing any new potential advance to popular science fiction tropes like beaming matter, robot takeovers, or, in this case, protective force fields
A year after the explosion at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico, the U.S. Department of Energy released a report concluding that the incident was the result of drum #68660 bursting after workers used organic instead of inorganic cat litter to soak up the nuclear waste. A summary of the report can be read here.
“We view these crisps as dangerous as by eating them children will be nourished by demons.”
The interesting thing about these frogs was their unusual incubation procedure; these two species were the only known frogs that incubated offspring in the stomach of the mother.
The Large Hadron Collider will soon begin its second multi-year run. The discovery of Higgs and the discoveries it may yet make are certainly fascinating, yet few know of the amazing computer resources at the LHC’s disposal that were as integral as anything in making all this possible.
Like most people, you probably haven’t given much thought to what it took, from a computer perspective, to discover the Higgs Boson in 2012. Perhaps they used one super-duper computer to do all the heavy lifting. Maybe it was a bunch of these networked together. In actuality, it took the world’s largest distributed computer grid to pull it off. This is the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG).