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Home. 'Oleo Sponge' may be the key to cleaning up after oil spills. Log In - New York Times. 'Physics-defying' gravity hills are one of the strangest natural phenomena we've seen. Scattered across the world are a number of bewildering 'mystery spots' that appear to defy gravity - places where cars seem to drift uphill, and cyclists struggle to push themselves downhill.

'Physics-defying' gravity hills are one of the strangest natural phenomena we've seen

There are reportedly dozens of gravity hills around the world, in the US, the UK, Australia, Brazil, and Italy, and they all have one thing in common - if you drive your car to the bottom of the hill and put it in neutral, it will proceed to roll back UP the slope. Hot ice. Cheap plastic film cools whatever it touches up to 10°C. If heat is not your thing, rejoice: A thin plastic sheet may soon provide some relief from the intense summer sun.

Cheap plastic film cools whatever it touches up to 10°C

The film, made from transparent plastic embedded with tiny glass spheres, absorbs almost no visible light, yet pulls in heat from any surface it touches. Already, the new material, when combined with a mirrorlike silver film, has been shown to cool whatever it sits on by as much as 10°C. And because it can be made cheaply at high volumes, it could be used to passively cool buildings and electronics such as solar cells, which work more efficiently at lower temperatures. During the day most materials—concrete, asphalt, metals, and even people—absorb visible and near-infrared (IR) light from the sun.

That added energy excites molecules, which warm up and, over time, emit the energy back out as photons with longer wavelengths, typically in the midrange of the infrared spectrum. Here's what happens in your brain when you finish someone else's sentence. Neuroscientists think they've finally figured out what our brain is doing when we finish someone's sentence for them - and it goes against our current understanding of how memory and language interact.

Here's what happens in your brain when you finish someone else's sentence

Based on brain activity measurements, a team from the US has found evidence that our hippocampus - the area of the brain responsible for memory - is largely to blame for us trying to complete other people’s sentences. This suggests that our minds automatically try to fill in blanks in sentences based off of our memories of language and how the other person speaks, a finding that links memory and language together for the first time. "Language is something that has classically been viewed as evolving and occurring in the cortex, which is why we have language and rats don’t," said team member Robert Knight, from the University of California, Berkeley. Magnets and Marbles ! List of mnemonics. This article contains lists of some common mnemonics.

List of mnemonics

Art[edit] To remember the Elements of Art: Space, Form, Texture, Shape, Line, Value, Color. Spaceships Fly Through Space Looking Very CoolThe Fat Cat Sings Songs Very Loudly Astronomy[edit] Mean Very Evil Men Just Shortened Up Nature[1] 20 amazing things you never learned at school. We get taught a lot of things at school, but sometimes it would have helped if our teachers had found a way to demonstrate something to us visually.

20 amazing things you never learned at school

How to make sherbet. Follow this recipe to make sherbet at home, or as a part of a science experiment at school, and learn about the chemical reaction that makes it so fizzy when you put it in your mouth.

How to make sherbet

You will need citric acid bicarbonate soda icing sugar flavoured jelly crystals teaspoon dessert spoon small mixing bowl small snap lock bag. What to do Add 1 level teaspoon of citric acid to the bowl. Add 1 level teaspoon of bicarbonate soda to the bowl. 15 unusual but seriously effective tips to improve your communication skills. Engage Your High School Science Students: Lesson Plans and Ideas. Make a Whirlybird from Paper. Key concepts Gravity Weight Lift Aerodynamics Introduction Have you ever seen a helicopter flying through the air?

Make a Whirlybird from Paper

Have you ever wondered how they fly—or if you could try flying one yourself? This fun activity will help you get started at home building a simple paper helicopter. And you will learn a little bit about what keeps these amazing vehicles aloft. Background Helicopters stay in the air using spinning blades that are used to generate "lift. " In this activity you will build a simple paper helicopter called a "whirlybird. " Materials. WGSS Teacher Skit Flash Mob - Don't Stop Believin' (Glee) - Christmas Skit 2010.

5 cool things Australian researchers have discovered. This article was written by our partners over at Swinburne University of Technology, and was originally published on their Tumblr.

5 cool things Australian researchers have discovered

We've reposted it with their permission. There's plenty to celebrate when it comes to Australian science - for a relatively small population, we've made some big contributions to the world, from wi-fi to the bionic ear. But this National Science Week, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is looking back at some of their quirkier research. 1. Chew more, stress less A Swinburne study found that chewing sugar-free gum reduces anxiety by more than 17 percent during stressful situations. 2.

Swinburne researchers discovered that mystery radio signals detected at the Parkes telescope were caused by opening the door of a microwave oven.