16 Apr

As scientists continue to explore the possibility that water once existed on Mars, new evidence suggests that an asteroid strike may have once caused tsunamis on the red planet. For tsunamis to have taken place, water must have been present, so if this theory plays out, it could further the thinking that bodies of water once existed on the planet.

The research centers on a spot called the “Lomonosov crater,” long connected to debris having slid over the spot during a geographical shift. However, new thinking presents the theory that the crater was created by the impact of the asteroid hitting the planet, causing 150-mile waves.

14 Apr

One of the biggest challenges with solar power is that it requires actual sunlight to reach peak efficiency. But a team of German scientists may have discovered a way to artificially create sunlight for the purposes of generating fuel.

The experiment involved 149 spotlights that combined to simulate the light produced by the sun. The lights were the type used in movie theaters. The team focused on a small spot within the lit area, measuring only 8 X 8 inches. The end result was the generation of 10,000 times the solar radiation that would be achieved by natural sunlight in the same area.

12 Apr

Depending on how it's eventually developed, this could be the gift that keeps on delivering the taste that refreshes -- and allows people to consume food and drink that they otherwise might not for health reasons.

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have come up with a way to reproduce certain flavors which can, having been delivered to your taste buds via electrodes, fool your taste buds into believing you're having a drink of lemonade instead of plain old water.

Think of it as teleported guilty pleasures.

New Atlas reports that the method of sending flavors works like this: By placing a pH sensor into a container of lemonade, researchers can take readings on the beverage's acidity, or sourness, while an RGB sensor scans the substance's color.

10 Apr

What could be more appetizing after a long flight to Mars than sinking one's teeth into a juicy red tomato grown in pee?

The BBC reports that the first thing a visitor sees upon entering Jens Hauslage's tiny office in the German space agency DLR is a fish tank filled to the top with urine. In the middle of the tank, a pair of clear plastic cylinders house a tomato plant each.

But are they edible, wonders the reporter? Absolutely, according to Hauslage.

How edible? After taking a bite, the reporter notes, "To be brutally honest, it’s not the nicest tomato I have ever tried: the skin is a little tough and the taste is slightly bitter. But it is, nevertheless, a healthy, edible tomato."

08 Apr

Cheese is one of the first things people cut when they start a weight-loss program. But although the food is high in calories, a new study suggests that dairy could actually help with weight loss and overall health.

The study, which was conducted in Ireland, reviewed 1,500 adults, noting their dairy consumption and comparing it to their health. Study participants kept a food diary in which they recorded everything they ate over the course of four days. After the fact, researchers checked their cholesterol levels and similar metabolic health problems.

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