Archive for February, 2011

Shoes sprout flowers when planted

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: February 25, 2011   View Article

Your old sneakers may smell like something found only in fetid corners of nature, but chances are there’s plenty that’s not natural about them. A pair of Dutch entrepreneurs wants to change that. They’ve created a fully biodegradable shoe that will sprout flowers when planted at the end of their life.

Kleopatra gave birth to twins … moons

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: February 23, 2011   View Article

Kleopatra, a dog-bone shaped asteroid named after the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, is a pile of rubble that spawned twin moons about 100 million years ago, astronomers announced in a new study.

The discovery stems from detailed observations of 135-mile-long Kleopatra with the Keck II telescope in Hawaii made in 2008 that confirmed the asteroid’s dog-bone shape and the presence of two moons, each about 5 miles wide.

Leave the driving to your brain

Publication: msnbc.com   Date: February 23, 2011   View Article

The day that drivers no longer have to put their hands on the wheel and fiddle with the gas pedal, clutch, and brake is within our reach, thanks to German researchers who have developed a car that drives using brain waves.

© 2008-2010 Collected Writings By John Roach