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  • How Things Work: Plasma converters

    Imagine a waste disposal system that takes virtually anything in and produces pure energy in return. For those who have seen Back to the Future, a Mr. Fusion-like system of power would seem like an object of dreams. Today, however, plasma converter plants are promising nearly that. They provide a way of waste disposal that is not only environmentally friendly, but also produces a net gain of pow...

    SciTech | October 13, 2008
  • Health Line

    2008 Ig Nobel Prizes awarded

    In the 2008 Ig Nobel Awards, presented Oct. 2, prizes went out to researchers from the Boston University Medical Center for their discovery that Coca-Cola is an effective spermicide. A secondary Ig Nobel went to researchers from Taipei Medical University for extending the research to prove that Diet Coke works much better than regular Coke in this respect.

    SciTech | October 6, 2008
  • CMU helps build Large Hadron Collider

    Two weeks ago, the world’s largest particle supercollider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), officially celebrated a milestone in its development when the first particle beams were successfully accelerated across its 27-mile circumference. The real job of the LHC is smashing bits of our universe together in the hopes of discovering new elementary particles — notably the elusive Higgs Boson, and pos...

    SciTech | September 22, 2008
  • How Things Work: Cryonics

    What do Captain America, Fry (Futurama), and Austin Powers have in common?

    SciTech | April 28, 2008
  • How Things Work: Military robots

    Relatively unheard of a mere century ago, robots are becoming increasingly common in our military today. From the infamous Predator unmanned reconnaissance aircraft to land-based amphibious TALON robots, more often than not robots are the first to enter any battlefield.

    SciTech | April 7, 2008