From Mentalfloss: “Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee are trying to revolutionize the way Americans dry their clothes. They’re working on an ultrasonic dryer that vibrates moisture out, instead of evaporating it with heat, making the dryer more efficient and safer to operate.”
Vibrating clothes? It’s like a dance party for your laundry. Isn’t science great? [more]
On March 6, 1869, Dmitri Mendeleev presented the first periodic table of elements to the Russian Chemical Society. Had he not done so, high school students everyone would be unaware that Thallium has an atomic mass of 204.38. But in case you need a reminder, pick up these nifty periodic table socks from Urban Outfitters.
On March 3, 1847, Alexander Graham Bell was born. Twenty-nine years and four days later, he patented1 the telephone.
Bell’s famous invention came from years of working with the deaf and hearing-impaired. But despite its success, he refused to have one in his study, as he found it an intrusion on his scientific studies.
Though the telephone has evolved and given use plenty of new innovations, it has also led to these hideous things.
1. patent #174.465 ↩
Galileo Galilei, the father of astronomy, was born 451 years ago today.
“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered;
the point is to discover them.”
-Galileo on his search for missing socks
To celebrate, pick up a pair of these constellation socks from Sock It To Me:
Socks have a starring roll in the “Static Electricity” episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Socks + sensors = the future is here! Sensoria Fitness offers runners a bionic sock to improve their stride. Unfortunately, this won’t help them from going AWOL in the wash.