Science of the Day: This Newly Made Material is So Dark You Can't See It

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Science of the Day: This Newly Made Material is So Dark You Can't See It
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A British company has produced a "strange, alien" material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. To stare at the "super black" coating made of carbon nanotubes – each 10,000 times thinner than a human hair – is an odd experience. It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing. Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss.

Weird Science of the Day: Smelling Farts Might Prevent Cancer

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Weird Science of the Day: Smelling Farts Might Prevent Cancer
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Scientists out of the University of Exeter are implying that smelling farts could actually prevent cancer, among other diseases.

"Although hydrogen sulfide gas"—produced when bacteria breaks down food—"is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases," Dr. Mark Wood said in a university release.

Although the stinky gas can be noxious in large doses, scientists believe that a whiff here and there has the power to reduce risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and dementia by preserving mitochondria.

Green News of the Day: Solar Could Be More Viable Than Coal by 2018

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Green News of the Day: Solar Could Be More Viable Than Coal by 2018
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As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it's used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over

Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day.

For several days the price, normally around $40-$50 a megawatt hour, hovered in and around zero. Prices were deflated throughout the week, largely because of the influence of one of the newest, biggest power stations in the state – rooftop solar...

F Yeah Science of the Day: The First Kick at the 2014 World Cup Will be a Medical Miracle

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Things get a bit technical, obviously, but the point is that 3D printing technology and modern neuroscience is going to let a paralyzed patient kick the first ball at the World Cup. How awesome is that?

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