New Low-Cost Material Can Pull Buckets of Drinking Water from the Air

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin developed a low-cost gel film that can pull multiple liters of drinking water from the air—even in arid conditions—and release it easily. The material is made up of two common and inexpensive ingredients: konjac gum and cellulose. The gum’s porous structure attracts water from the air, while the cellulose, when responding to gentle heat, turns hydroponic and …

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Photographing the Milky Way, using lava as a building material, studying alien signals and more from around the web

New Study Sheds Light on 45-Year-Old Alien Signal Mystery On 15 August 1977 at 10:16PM EST, Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope scanned the Sagittarius constellation and detected a signal that was 20 times stronger than average, background emissions. When astronomer Jerry Ehman reviewed the findings the next morning, he wrote “Wow!” next to it, unknowingly naming the signal and its subsequent mystery. Since …

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Artsy’s Guide to New York Art Week From 5 to 12 May, over 20 international galleries, museums and art organizations will come together to present contemporary art programming across the city for the inaugural New York Art Week. With over 350 global galleries showing new and exciting works, planning an itinerary to cover everything the week has to offer can be overwhelming. That’s why Artsy …