Does Febreze Really Work? (video)
By American Chemical Society Monday, August 17, 2015
Almost all of us have used some type of odor eliminator like Febreze to un-stink a room. These sprays can work wonders, but how do they actually work?
It takes more than just SEO techniques to run a successful business
By Guest Column Monday, August 17, 2015
The web is crawling with articles and blog posts urging business owners to adopt SEO principles on their websites to improve their search rating and gain more customers. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and encompasses techniques used by site owners and developers to convince search engines, such as Google and Bing, to give them better rankings on specific keyword searches. But Search Engine Optimization is only a means to an end, and there is much more to running a successful business than just tweaking your website.
Flexible, biodegradable device can generate power from touch (video)
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Long-standing concerns about portable electronics include the devices’ short battery life and their contribution to e-waste. One group of scientists is now working on a way to address both of these seeming unrelated issues at the same time. They report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces the development of a biodegradable nanogenerator made with DNA that can harvest the energy from everyday motion and turn it into electrical power.
JPL and Its Spacecraft Exploratory Missions
By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh Wednesday, August 5, 2015
On a recent trip to California, I was constantly reminded of what is wrong with California, a state whose economy was so booming decades ago that, had it been a stand-alone state, it would have been the world’s sixth largest economy. Looking at this state now, ravaged by years and years of Marxist policies, open borders, unchecked illegal immigration, anchor babies, multiculturalism, insane diversity rules, sanctuary cities, multi-lingual school system, illegal voting, tax everything and tax again, and environmentalist-driven water use plans including but not limited to dumping billions of fresh water into the ocean in order to save the Delta smelt while orchards and fields are starved for water and trees and crops have long dried out.
How the Fantastic Four Got Their Powers(video)
By American Chemical Society Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The Thing, Human Torch, Invisible Woman and Mister Fantastic are back this summer! In the new reboot, the team gets its powers while in an alternate dimension. Here at Reactions, though, we stick to comic book canon.
Are Strawberries Going Away?
By American Chemical Society Monday, August 3, 2015
Strawberries are sweet, juicy and delightful. Unfortunately, an expiring federal pesticide exemption could mean 2016 will be the end of strawberries in the U.S. How can we protect our strawberries from pests and comply with federal fumigant standards?
Sennheiser headphones cut the umbilical cord
By Jim Bray Thursday, July 30, 2015
Sennheiser’s RS 175 wireless headphones are a nice way to keep your tunes - or whatever you’re listening to - private while freeing you from being tethered to your audio system. And they do a nice job of it. They sound good, too, as well as offering bass boost and fake surround sound settings.
New battery technologies take on lithium-ion
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Lithium-ion batteries remain the technology-of-choice for today’s crop of electric cars, but challengers are revving up to try to upset the current order. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, takes a look at two of the top contenders vying to erode lithium-ion’s dominance.
Boosting gas mileage by turning engine heat into electricity
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Automakers are looking for ways to improve their fleets’ average fuel efficiency, and scientists may have a new way to help them. In a report in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, one team reports the development of a material that could convert engine heat that’s otherwise wasted into electrical energy to help keep a car running — and reduce the need for fuels. It could also have applications in aerospace, manufacturing and other sectors.
Survey shows what consumers think about self-driving vehicles
By Jim Bray Thursday, July 16, 2015
There’s lots of buzz about self-driving vehicles and how they can either be the best or worst thing about traffic problems and road deaths - but what do real people, as opposed to the vested interests - think about the concept?
The secret to the sea sapphire’s colors — and invisibility (video)
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Sapphirina, or sea sapphire, has been called “the most beautiful animal you’ve never seen,” and it could be one of the most magical. Some of the tiny, little-known copepods appear to flash in and out of brilliantly colored blue, violet or red existence. Now scientists are figuring out the trick to their hues and their invisibility. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Chemical Society and could inspire the next generation of optical technologies.
Jukebox King revisits the joy of pay-to-play music of days gone by
By Jim Bray Friday, July 10, 2015
A big item from my misspent youth - and that of other boomers - is soldiering on, a formerly analogue addiction now trying to survive in digital and streaming world.
Why This Town Has Been On Fire For 50 Years (video)
By American Chemical Society Tuesday, July 7, 2015
In 1962, an underground fire started in the coal-mining town of Centralia, Pennsylvania. Fifty-three years later, that fire still burns. In this week’s episode of Reactions, we explain the history and science behind the Centralia mine fire. Does anyone still live there? How could the fire keep burning for so long, and why hasn’t it been extinguished?
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge a high tech but frustrating phone for cyber curmudgeons
By Jim Bray Friday, July 3, 2015
It’s cool and it’s high tech, but to this middle aged user Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge is as annoying as it is innovative and interesting. Of course, maybe that’s just me, because nearly everyone I showed the phone to thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.
‘Waze’ for the sleep-deprived
By Guest Column Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Are you a sleep struggler? If so, you’re in good company. It’s estimated that about 45 percent of the world’s population suffers from sleep deprivation, and that has a devastating trickle-down effect.