July 2018 – Techs Pod

Month: July 2018

Jaguars trapped by perfume obsession

By Madison 0 Comment July 30, 2018

Dr Karl › Dr Karl’s Great Moments In Science Jaguars trapped by perfume obsession Choosing the right men’s cologne could save your life in the Nicaraguan jungle. Dr Karl’s sniffs out a connection between jaguars and Calvin Klein’s Obsession for Men. By Karl S. Kruszelnicki Now this is not a problem that most of us […]

Why do haystacks suddenly burst into flames?

By Madison 0 Comment July 28, 2018

Dr Karl › Dr Karl’s Great Moments In Science Why do haystacks suddenly burst into flames? Haystacks have a lot in common with the Titanic, minus the ice. Dr Karl explains the phenomenon of spontaneous combustion. By Karl S. Kruszelnicki You’ve probably heard of the Titanic, that famous, supposedly unsinkable ship that on its maiden […]

Taking chemistry into cyberspace wins Nobel

By Madison 0 Comment July 26, 2018

News in Science Taking chemistry into cyberspace wins Nobel Mia Shanley and Sven NordenstamReuters Nobel Prizes 2013 Three US scientists have won the Nobel chemistry prize for pioneering work on computer programs that simulate complex chemical processes and have revolutionised research in areas from drugs to solar energy. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, awarding […]

No warming for 16 years?

By Madison 0 Comment July 24, 2018

Dr Karl › Dr Karl’s Great Moments In Science No warming for 16 years? If you’re only looking for evidence of warming in our atmosphere you’re missing 95 per cent of the actual warming of our planet. Dr Karl sets the record straight on claims global warming is over. By Karl S. Kruszelnicki In September […]

Pinch of platinum gives white organic LEDs

By Madison 0 Comment July 21, 2018

News in Science Pinch of platinum gives white organic LEDs Darren OsborneABC Bright light A team of scientists have developed a plastic-like polymer that emits white light more efficiently than current organic LEDs. In recent years household lighting has moved from the incandescent light bulb to the compact fluorescent, and more recently to LEDs. But […]

Mars soil scoop contains two per cent water

By Madison 0 Comment July 19, 2018

News in Science Mars soil scoop contains two per cent water Irene KlotzReuters Water discovery Analysis of Martian soil by NASA’s ongoing Mars Curiosity rover has turned up a surprising amount of water, as well as a chemical that will make a search for life more complicated. A scoop of fine-grained sand collected by the […]

Corked wine confuses smell receptors

By Madison 0 Comment July 17, 2018

News in Science Corked wine confuses smell receptors Clare PainABC Mixed signals Rather than having an intrinsically bad odour, the chemical that makes wine smell ‘corked’ is preventing normal smell signals from reaching the brain, finds a Japanese study. The discovery, made in newts, also fits with smell tests done on human volunteers, according to […]

Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for studies into DNA

By Madison 0 Comment July 15, 2018

Nobel Prize for Chemistry awarded to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for studies into DNA Three scientists have won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on mapping how cells repair damaged DNA, giving insight into cancer treatments. Sweden’s Tomas Lindahl, US-based Paul Modrich and Turkish-born Aziz Sancar were announced the winners by […]

Tarantula venom to kill cotton pests

By Madison 0 Comment July 15, 2018

News in Science Tarantula venom to kill cotton pests Anna SallehABC Toxic tarantulas Chemicals from the venom of the Australian Tarantula spider could one day be sprayed on, or engineered into, cotton and other crops to keep pests at bay. Biochemist Professor Glenn King, from the University of Queensland, and colleagues, report their findings today […]

Purple spuds may spare bugs from dyeing

By Madison 0 Comment July 13, 2018

News in Science Purple spuds may spare bugs from dyeing Tim WallDiscovery News The humble spud could replace synthetic dyes and insect-based food colouring in the not too distant future. Until recently, extracting colorants from crops has posed a challenge to chemists. But now chemists from Texas A&M University have made a breakthrough that could […]