These toxic chemicals steal IQ points from American kids

Exposure to toxic chemicals, especially flame retardants and pesticides resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in the US between 2001 and 2016, research finds.

NYU Langone Medical Center | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine childrens-health cognition flame-retardants iq lead-exposure methylmercury pesticides pollution

Why leftover Cheerios stick together

The "Cheerio effect," a phenomenon that causes small objects to cluster on the surface of a liquid, could help design small aquatic robots, researchers say.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Dec. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology fluid-dynamics forces liquids robots self-assembly

New tech prints flexible electronics on odd surfaces

A new way to print conductive metal onto all sorts of surfaces such as gelatin and rose petals could lead to new kinds of flexible electronics.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State | July 29, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electronics liquids metals

Can folate offset air pollution’s harm during pregnancy?

Women exposed to high levels of air pollution while pregnant may have children with lower IQs. But folate may offset some of the toxic effects.

U. Washington | July 26, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health folate iq pollution pregnancy

Salad dressing explains the Earth’s magnetic fields

The dressing on your last salad may be a good example of what's happens with the Earth's magnetic fields.

Jim Shelton-Yale | May 14, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology liquids magnetic-fields

Mystery solved: Why water skitters on hot surfaces

In the Leidenfrost effect, water droplets don't evaporate on a hot surface, but instead dance and skitter or explode. Now we know why.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | May 9, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology liquids physics temperature water

Watch grainy stuff like sand behave like oil

When the conditions are right, granular materials can act a lot like water or oil, which could help with drug manufacturing.

ETH Zurich | May 8, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology liquids oil physics sand

Water never freezes in these lipid ‘traps’

Scientists have figured out how to prevent water from freezing, even at extreme temperatures as low as -263 degrees Celsius.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich | April 11, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology ice lipids liquids temperature water

Scientists laser-poke ‘bizarre’ brain cell droplets

A bizarre class of molecules may play a role in disease: proteins that cluster together to form spherical droplets inside human cells.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | March 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains cells liquids proteins

When liquid metal turns to plasma, the physics get weird

Heating liquid metal turned it into a plasma, but the strangest bit is what happened to its physics.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester | March 10, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology liquids metals physics plasma quantum-physics temperature

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