Irrigation keeps things cool in extreme heat

"...while global warming increases the likelihood of hot extremes almost globally, in some regions, irrigation expansion cancels or even reverses this effect.”

ETH Zurich | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change heat irrigation southeast-asia water

‘Chameleon’ metal changes in response to heat

Like a chameleon changing color in response to its environment, researchers have found a way to use heat to change the surface structure of liquid metal.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology heat metals polymers shape-memory-alloys smart-technology

Quantum weirdness rewrites rules about heat in empty space

Upending a basic tenet of classical physics, researchers have found that heat energy can travel through a vacuum thanks to invisible quantum fluctuations.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley | Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology energy heat quantum-physics vacuum

How theater gave us the modern image of mermaids

The image that comes to mind when you think of mermaids hasn't always been the same, and took shape thanks to German theater and the first aquarium.

Northwestern U. | Sept. 3, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture history myths theater

Super thin heat shield lets your phone keep its cool

In extreme cases, the heat that phones and laptops give off can cause batteries to explode, but a heat shield just 10 atoms thick may cool things down.

Tom Abate-Stanford | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electronics graphene heat nanotechnology sound

Improv training may curb anxiety for teens

"...the mutual support that improvisation rewards builds trust, helping group members feel safer taking risks and more willing to make mistakes."

Jared Wadley-Michigan | Dec. 14, 2018 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine anxiety social-lives teenagers theater

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