March 18, 2015

8:45 PM | No, Wearable Electronics Are Not Like Cigarettes
Today, New York Times tech writer Nick Bilton published a naive essay in the paper's Style section comparing the carcinogenic risk of the Apple Watch to that of cigarettes.

March 07, 2015

3:03 PM | How radiation from space affects the Earth’s climate
Cosmic rays are a form of radiation from space consisting of particles such as protons and atomic nuclei that are very high in energy. These particles have the ability to electrically-charge (ionise) water molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere. These water ions can act as the starting points (nucleation points) of clouds in the lower atmosphere,…

Tsonis, A., Deyle, E., May, R., Sugihara, G., Swanson, K., Verbeten, J. & Wang, G. (2015). Dynamical evidence for causality between galactic cosmic rays and interannual variation in global temperature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201420291. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420291112


March 06, 2015

3:40 PM | Radiation Is Dangerous, But Awesome To Watch
Radon gas is a hazardous thing to have around the house. It hangs around a short time before shooting out alpha particles. With a cloud chamber, scientists show us exactly what that decay process looks like, and it's stunning.Read more...
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