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November 16, 2016

Supersonic passenger flights – it may be here sooner than you think

When the Concorde supersonic airliner was retired in 2003, the dream of supersonic passenger flights faded away for most of us. Twenty years after the Concorde made its last flight, supersonic passenger flights may become reality again. That is at least what a company in Colorado, USA is trying to do.

Rendering of the Boom supersonic passenger airliner. Courtesy of Boom Technology.

Boom Technology is collaborating with Virgin Galactic – the cutting edge space company lead by Sir Richard Branson – to develop a supersonic passenger airlines. Yesterday, their demonstrator XB-1 was unveiled at an event packed with big names in the [...]

 
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September 29, 2016

The life of a Formula 1 bolt (from Red Bull Racing)

Being the fastest in the world is all about science and engineering!

This amazing 3 minute video shows the enormous effort going into one single bolt in a Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car!

If the video above doesn’t work, click this link instead: http://www.redbull.com/en/motorsports/f1/stories/1331819418898/life-of-a-bolt

Photo courtesy of Red Bull Racing.

 

 
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August 5, 2016

5 Science Things You Didn’t Know About Disney World

Disney World in Florida is mostly known for thrilling rides and spectacular firework displays, but there is actually quite a bit of science education as well. Most of the science-inspired attractions are found in the EPCOT theme park.

Here are 5 science things that you probably didn’t know, and that may help make your next trip more educational:

1. The “Sum of all Thrills” is the world’s first amusement park ride where you can design your own ride. You can ride in a capsule on the end of a giant industrial robot-arm – the same kind of robots used to assemble cars – with a virtual reality in front of your eyes. The pictures are simulated, but the motions are [...]

 
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August 1, 2016

Dihydrogen monoxide: Facts you must know about this common food-additive (or, how to be a critical thinker)

Dihydrogen monoxide is one of the most common food additives. You have most likely added it to your food without thinking about it. We are debunking the myths about this extremely common chemical, and calling for a factual debate about the safety of our food.

An extremely common chemical

Dihydrogen monoxide is one of the most common chemicals on our planet. All serial killers have admitted to use it. You ingest it every day. As a matter of fact, you cannot live without it. And, if you paid attention in chemistry class, you probably already know that Dihydrogen Monoxide is the chemical name for water, for which the chemical formula is H2O, consisting of one oxygen and [...]

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