All the science, history, astronomy, technology, and family news that was trending this week.
Keep the interesting conversations rolling this weekend. From 3-D printing to a solar-powered plane, these are the news stories that had us talking this week:
3-D Printing to the Rescue
Buttercup, the duck, was born with a backwards left foot. Because the foot would be prone to infection, Mike Garey, owner of the Feathered Angels Waterfowl Sanctuary in Arlington, Tenn., decided to amputate and find a new foot for the duck. Using 3-D software, Garey designed a replacement and sent it to NovaCopy, a 3-D printing company. With a new high-tech foot, Buttercup is now able to waddle with the other ducks. Learn more about the technology that saved a duck’s life here.
The Day the Sun Turned Green
Last month, on the side of the sun not visible from Earth, a storm of charged particles, called a coronal mass ejection (CME), exploded off the surface of the sun. See the Green Lantern photo captured by one of NASA's STEREO (Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory) spacecrafts.
Nature’s Newest Species
Found in Brazil, the Typhochlaena costae is nature's newest species of tarantula. The purple-tinted spider will either make your jaw drop or your skin crawl, but for the sake of curiosity, it is worth a look. Meet the Typhochlaena costae.
Ice and Fire
With more than 200 snow-covered volcanoes on Earth, researchers are asking the question, “What happens when molten lava is poured over ice?” To find an answer, scientists at the Syracuse University Lava Project conducted experiments that included melting 300 kg of lava and pouring it over ice. See what they discovered.
Solar Energy Flies a Plane
According to Time, 117 years after the first solar cell was discovered and 111 years after the first powered flight, the Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California is now combining the technologies. The Solar Impulse HB-S1A will be the first solar-powered plane to fly across the United States in stages. While the research center has not yet designed a plane to carry passengers, The Solar Impulse might prove to be a step in that direction. Learn more about the solar-powered plane and its flight here.
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