Who says print is dead? The response to my global warming column in the April 30 issue (and blog post) has been heartening not only for the number of responses via e-mail (30 and counting), but for depth of thinking. Of course, most of you disgreed with me that global warming is a top threat to mankind. Another common complaint is that I overlooked the fact climate changes have been naturally occurring regularly for centuries….scratch that, for millions of years. And several chided me for ignoring my educational background. Hey, I'm a journalist. I have no education-:) Some of you even agreed with me. Check out what your colleagues are saying.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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