Coat the inside of the bottle with LiquiGlide! LiquiGlide works by creating a thin layer of lubricant that prevents friction caused by sticky foods and substances. Created originally in 2012 by a professor, Kripa Varanasi and his grad students at MIT, its makers hope that its application into the containers of various products, including gel, mayonnaise, and glue will help reduce waste. Interestingly, studies show that people end up throwing out up to a quarter of a product because it’s too much of a pain to coax out the layers that stick to the container. [ ... ]
An injectable drug, called ATX-101, currently being tested melts away "submental fat", better known as the double chin. According to its makers, ATX-101 can be injected in a clinic and takes just five minutes. It consists of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule that helps us break down fat, which effectively destroys the membranes of fat cells, causing them to burst and then be metabolised by the body. [ ... ]
Before you get any ideas that we're cloning wholly mammoths back into the 21st century, it's not that. An American geneticist has extracted DNA from the frozen remains of a long-dead mammoth found on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean (shown above), created a synthetic replica of it, and implanted it into elephant cells that have been isolated in a petri dish, using a new technique of DNA splicing that allows for unprecedented accuracy.
The technique used to join synthetic mammoth DNA fragments with the genetic code of an elephant is called CRISPR/Cas9, and while it’s been recently used to create transgenic organisms, this is the first time it’s been used on the DNA of an extinct organism.
A new study finds that Mudskipper fish carry water in their mouths in order to eat prey outside of water. As seen in the video below, the hidden water is expelled at the moment of eating and it serves as a suction to move the water and their meal back toward the esophagus. The water suction, or “hydrostatic” tongue, may serve as the evolutionary bridge that allowed our aquatic ancestors to begin feeding on land.
Start by watching the video below In the video, a Japanese man converts plastic waste into usable oil and fuel using a machine that thermochemically decomposes the plastic in a process known as pyrolysis.
Pyrolysis works by thermochemically breaking down material at temperatures above 350 degrees Celsius in the absence of water. This not only physically melts down an object, but also changes its chemical composition so that, in the case of plastic waste, it reverts back into boiling liquid and eventually gas.
I didn't Hundreds of thousands of kilometres of submarine cables lye on the ocean floor - sometimes at depths nearing 8,000 metres. These cables are essential for powering the modern Internet, transmitting 99 percent of all international data.
The Submarine Cable Map is a free resource from TeleGeography. Data contained in this map is drawn from the Global Bandwidth Research Service and is updated on a regular basis. [ ... ]
The thorny dragon (Moloch horridus) is an Australian lizard that grows up to 20 cm in length, and it can live for up to 20 years. Not only is it covered entirely with conical spines, it has the uncanny ability to suck in water from all over its body - including its feet - through capillary action.
Nicknamed ‘goldenbugs’, this pretty little molten gold beetle is the golden tortoise beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata). It grows to around 5.0 to 7.0 mm in length and favour foods such as sweet potato and morning glory. Strangely, it can completely change colour while having sex.
Where is it found? In Russia! How deep is it? About 12 kilometers! That's deeper than the deepest point of the ocean, and it's the deepest hole humans have ever dug into the Earth. Watch this informative video,