August 2018 – Techs Pod

Month: August 2018

Cracking the code for a perfect coffee

By Madison 0 Comment August 31, 2018

News in Science Cracking the code for a perfect coffee Rachel SullivanABC Sound clues Coffee lovers have a new way to ensure they are getting the perfect brew – by listening to it roast. New research by coffee aficionado and underwater acoustics expert Associate Professor Preston Wilson from the University of Texas, Austin has shown […]

Opioid painkillers created from bioengineered yeast

By Madison 0 Comment August 28, 2018

News in Science Opioid painkillers created from bioengineered yeast ABC/Reuters (Source: Stephanie Galanie/) Synthesised drugs Scientists have invented a speedy method to make potent painkilling opioids using bioengineered baker’s yeast instead of poppies. But the process needs to be fine-tuned to make it commercially viable, they report in the journal Science. The new method, if […]

How do astronauts breathe in space?

By Madison 0 Comment August 26, 2018

Dr Karl › Dr Karl’s Great Moments In Science How do astronauts breathe in space? Astronauts on the International Space Station breathe air almost identical to the stuff we breathe on Earth. Dr Karl explains where it comes from. By Karl S. Kruszelnicki According to the advertising blurb for the 1979 movie, Alien: “In space […]

Glowing millipede a surprise find

By Madison 0 Comment August 24, 2018

News in Science Glowing millipede a surprise find NATURE IMAGE with Genelle WeuleABC Bioluminescence unpacked The faint blue-green glow of this millipede redefines how we look at the evolution of bioluminescence across the tree of life. Not seen for nearly 50 years, the small, blind millipede Xystocheir bistipita, was recently rediscovered in the foothills of […]

Chemistry: not as easy as A + B -> C

By Madison 0 Comment August 22, 2018

Bernie’s Basics Chemistry: not as easy as A + B -> C Chemical reactions are usually written as equations, which makes them look really straightforward. But there’s nothing inevitable about making A + B -> C. By Bernie Hobbs Chemical reactions are the mainstay of life and just about everything else that goes on in […]

Discovery sparks ‘home-brew drugs’ concern

By Madison 0 Comment August 19, 2018

News in Science Discovery sparks ‘home-brew drugs’ concern AFP/Reuters Researchers have discovered all the steps needed to produce opiates from yeast cells(Source: William Deloache/UC Berkeley) Baking bad Scientists have unlocked a pathway for producing opiates from genetically-engineered yeast, but fear the discovery could one day be a bonanza for criminals. The team of US and […]

Turning plastic waste into a resource

By Madison 0 Comment August 17, 2018

In Depth › Science Features Turning plastic waste into a resource What if we were to stop thinking about plastic waste as something to be disposed of, and instead started thinking of it as a potential resource? Plastics are essentially polymers made from long chains of carbon and other elements. They are relatively inexpensive to […]

Shipwrecked bubbly a sweet taste of winemaking history

By Madison 0 Comment August 15, 2018

News in Science Shipwrecked bubbly a sweet taste of winemaking history AFP (Source: yurock/iStockphoto) Message in a bottle A stash of 19th century champagne found on a shipwreck on the bottom of the Baltic Sea tastes super-sweet with hints of leather and fruity floral notes, say scientists. The French bubbly, which is likely the oldest […]

Did arsenic poisoning make gods limp?

By Madison 0 Comment August 13, 2018

Dr Karl › Dr Karl’s Great Moments In Science Did arsenic poisoning make gods limp? The Roman god of fire, Vulcan, was impressively built, but walked with a limp. He may have had a case of the first known industrial disease: arsenic poisoning, says Dr Karl. By Karl S. Kruszelnicki Vulcan was the big and […]

Put another prawn on the garden

By Madison 0 Comment August 11, 2018

In Depth › Science Features Put another prawn on the garden Can leftover prawn shells control nasty nematodes? Anna Evangeli aka The Geeky Gardener explores the science of gardening. Leftovers. Where would a summer barbeque be without them? Leftover vegies and salads can go in the compost and flat beer can lure snails to an […]