Cleaning Oil Spills with Blue Firenados

Blue Firenado

Oil spills are environmentally devastating and can take a very long time to clean up. Sometimes the methods of cleaning the spills are also harmful to the environment. But now researchers have discovered a clean burning blue-fire tornado that can do the job efficiently and cleanly.

Graphene: A Wonder Material’s Coming of Age


The discovery of graphene won the 2010 Nobel Prize. As a strong and versatile form of carbon, graphene is set to change the worlds of science and manufacturing, among other things. But, six years in, what kind of progress has been made with this new wonder material?

Architecture’s Buried Diamond

The archives of legendary architect Luis Barragán have been hidden away in a Swiss bunker for twenty years. Brooklyn conceptual artist Jill Magid came up with a clever and romantic plan to open them up to the public.

Albert Camus on Truth and Revolution

Albert Camus

“In short, whoever does violence to truth or its expression eventually mutilates justice, even though he thinks he is serving it. From this point of view, we shall deny to the very end that a press is true because it is revolutionary; it will be revolutionary only if it is true, and never otherwise.”
― Albert Camus

Screwing Up and Self-Compassion

Everyone makes mistakes, but judging ourselves too harshly can have damaging effects. Instead of beating ourselves up for our shortcomings, it is much more rewarding and productive to show a little self-compassion.

Vanishing Skies: The Health Effects of Light Pollution

Light Pollution

Much of the night sky is vanishing due to light pollution. In fact, about one third of all humans on the earth can not even see the Milky Way because of artificial light radiating from the world’s cities. Research is even suggesting that light pollution may be affecting our mental and physical health.