Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Japan's 1,000-year-old cherry tree, Shel Silverstein's houseboat, NASA's remote teams and more from around the web

Japan’s 1,000-Year-Old Cherry Tree Blossoms Again In Japan’s Miharu (a town in the Fukushima Prefecture), a 1,000-year-old cherry tree continues to blossom. While there are no tourists flocking to see it this year, the tree—known as the Takizakura—is as glorious and mesmerizing as ever for those who live nearby. One such individual is Sidafumi Hirata, who has visited the tree since his childhood and is …

Scientist-Invented Carbon Nanostructure That’s Stronger Than Diamonds

Scientists from several institutions (including the University of California, Irvine) have conceptualized and fabricated a new class of plate-nanolattices (nanometer-sized carbon structures) that happens to be stronger than diamonds. They’ve done so through a complex 3D laser printing process referred to as “two-photon polymerization direct laser writing.” Scientists begin by focusing a laser on a drop of ultraviolet-light-sensitive liquid resin. It’s in the final material’s …

Aerobiotix Aero One Air Purifier

A four-stage filtration process clean and disinfects air, fighting allergens, microbes and more

A cursory glance into purchasing an air purifier online reveals a world fraught with misinformation and tangled webs of false advertising and opinions. It’s almost impossible to figure out what works best and why, and it’s widely understood that there is no great resource to research the topic. Being a lifelong allergy sufferer, I had always relied on word of mouth, which in this case …