Pretty much everyone has accidentally put metal in the microwave at some point. The reaction is pretty scary: weird noises and the metal object arcing and sparking, and maybe even jumping around some in the microwave. We all know what happens, but not many of us know why it happens. This article does a pretty good job of summarizing the results of microwaved metal, but in general it has to do with the makeup of metal on a molecular lever. Turns out those material science classes in college weren’t completely pointless.
Also, it turns out that grapes in the mircowave are way more dangerous. If you don’t believe me, check out the video at the end of the article.
Like many geeks, I love to read science fiction. One of the most commonly used plot devices is the robot. From I, Robot to Blade Runner and Transformers, these artificial characters dominate stories and are capable of all manner of impressive feats. The sad truth in real life, however, is that robots, while incredibly good at one or two things, excel in very few things, especially when compared to humans. Popular Science offers us a deeper look into the realities of robots and how they compare to their fictional brethren.
I still want my car to drive me around. Seriously…like ASAP.
Ever wonder what makes a video or article go viral? If you have, you’re not alone. Scientists have just begun to study what makes a person more likely to share a link or video, and the results are interesting. Studies have shown that content that evokes strong emotion is the most likely to get shared. Although those that are positive are the most likely to be shared, negative posts are not far behind. Also surprising is that people who are in an emotionally or physically excited state are more likely to share. Researchers found that people who were active for sixty seconds before looking at online content were more likely to share said content than those who were relaxing beforehand.
This probably explains the daily, raging hate-fest that makes up my local newspaper’s comment section.