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What wildfire devastation looks like from above

What wildfire devastation looks like from above

In the Western United States, “fire season” isn’t seasonal anymore — it’s year-round. Because more and more, wildfires are a thoroughly man-made disaster and are technically a misnomer. Here, we take a car and drone tour through some of the most fire-prone parts of California, and see firsthand the causes and effects of “fire season”…

Why graphene hasn’t taken over the world…yet

Why graphene hasn’t taken over the world…yet

Graphene is a form of carbon that could bring us bulletproof armor and space elevators, improve medicine, and make the internet run faster — some day. For the past 15 years, consumers have been hearing about this wonder material and all the ways it could change everything. Is it really almost here, or is it…

Digging precious metals out of your old phone

Digging precious metals out of your old phone

E-waste is more than phones and laptops. There’s gold, silver, copper, and lots of other precious metals powering your electronics, and that makes for some valuable “e-waste”. And a recent study proposed that it’s now more cost-effective to dig minerals out of old electronics than out of the Earth. We crack open some old tech…

How this 50-year-old NASA invention could kill cancer

How this 50-year-old NASA invention could kill cancer

Ferrofluid is a bizarre, NASA-engineered material that was created for spaceships but never used. In this “lab practical” video, we’ll put ferrofluid through its paces, and explore some of the even stranger places it may yet be useful. Wanna know how we shot this video? Here’s the behind the scenes in 4K: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdq-koNZlXk Subscribe: http://bit.ly/2FqJZMl…

Decoding cheese with DNA sequencing

Decoding cheese with DNA sequencing

Cheese is delicious, beloved by many, and a teeming mess of microbes. Which microbes, exactly, has long been a mystery, but modern DNA sequencing tech is allowing researchers to take a peek behind the microscopic curtain. We visit a professional cheese cave, test (and taste) some cheddar, and wait a year for microbial magic to…