What can our bodies teach us about making your morning commute more enjoyable? How can your blood cells inform the future of driverless cars?
It turns out, the systems that nature has nature has spent billions of years perfecting can translate beautifully to the way we design and build feasible futuristic transportation!
Think about it. The way our blood moves throughout our bodies is a pretty efficient design. It fits hundreds of thousands of miles of roadways into our bodies, and then moves trillions of blood cells through them with little wasted space, energy, or time. Imagine if getting to work in rush hour worked that smoothly!
For self-described “transport geek” Wanis Kabbaj, translating these natural systems to our highways, streets, and cities is not an experiment in distant, science fiction thinking. It is a reality we could see in the near future, and a dream powered by the driverless cars of today!
There is nothing that signals the start of summer like the smell of fresh cut grass, but did you know that smell is actually a kind of plant communication?
It turns out plants can “talk” to each other!
So, that “freshly mowed grass smell” is actually a warning sign from your lawn to fellow plants that danger is about.
Plants communicate using pheromones that can not only be understood within a species but also by their neighbors.
This fascinating bit of science serves as an important reminder that there is so much out there for us to learn if we try and look at the world the way other organisms do.
The panda, it’s an animal with a cult following, but how did we get here? How did the panda become a cultural icon around the world?
It turns out, it’s a fascinating story that started with an adventurous flapper, and a panda named Su Lin.
So, who was this woman? Her name was Ruth Harkness, and in 1936 she set off to China with a mission to be the first person to bring a panda back from China alive.
Here’s The Brain Scoop with her remarkable story, and a little history on where all this panda-monium started…
Gravitational waves, they are something that we’ve heard a lot about recently, but do you really know what they are?
A few months ago you may remember hearing that science had confirmed the existence of gravitational waves. If you are anything like me, your first question was, “What are gravitational waves?” followed by, “And why is this such a big deal?” I have finally found the answer to both those questions in language I can understand and will share them with you today!
In the most basic sense, gravitational waves are ripples in spacetime. A hundred years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, as a part of his theory of general relativity. Up until recently, the existence of gravitational waves was still theoretical. That is until LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, detected gravitational waves for the first time.
The human body is capable of incredible things. When paired with our own boundless creativity, and a lot of practice, it can transform into a marvel and a work of art.
When it comes to combining physics, music, and remarkable feats of athleticism, ballet is almost unrivaled in the expanse of its expression.
Amid all of the beautiful and awe-inspiring moves in ballet, one rivals them all in its technicality, physicality, and artistry: the fouette.
Sometimes called the hardest move in ballet, the fouette combines dance with physics to leave audiences riveted.