The most accurate way to take an infant’s temperature—a rectal thermometer—is also one of the most unpleasant. But infants the world over will wail a sigh of relief now that Withings new Thermo, which requires just a forehead sweep to detect a fever, is finally available.
Need to take a temperature in a hard-to-reach spot? Researchers have created the world’s smallest thermometer from DNA, and it could be used to measure temperature even within living cells.
It’s just one-degree, right? So, how big a difference can it really make? There’s a place in the world where we can already look at for an answer.
If you work in an office, chances are you or the person sitting next to you has grumbled about it being too hot or cold. No one likes rugging up on a summer’s day to contend with the air-conditioning. Or having to shed one too many layers in winter to compensate for stifling heat indoors.
This eerie picture shows an Antarctic research station which is used to store, of all things, snow samples. But with temperatures regularly dropping below –70°C, there’s no need for refrigeration.
Movies can show so much just from tweaking how a scene looks. Steely, icy, blue, colder looking scenes can mean something much different than bright, warm, golden scenes. Pixels & Frequencies put the two type of visual temperatures right next to each other from various movies in this video below.
Few things will earn you a nastier, contemptuous snarl from a Very Serious Scientist than using that lowly, scum-based Fahrenheit scale for measuring air temperature. "Celsius is the proper form of measurement," they haughtily trumpet, "because everyone else uses it." Everyone else is wrong.
Last week, NASA and NOAA announced that 2014 was the hottest year in Earth's recorded history. This animation by Bloomberg brings that finding into sharp focus.
What if your dining room table could show you when your coffee or cocoa is too hot to drink? That could be a reality today: hacker Ken Kawamoto shows us how with a technique called thermal projection mapping.
A comprehensive review of the state of the Arctic reveals some troubling information about rising temperature rates, which are more than double those of anywhere else on Earth, as well as some strange new habitat changes for polar bears.
We often hear temperature changes explained on a global scale, but just how are those changes playing out in your local temperatures? This calculator answers that question for every American state.
The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins back to fire plugs. Water mains that transported fresh water in a city or town used to be made of hollowed out logs buried beneath the streets. Whenever there was a fire and firefighters needed water, they dug up the cobblestone street and drilled a hole into the…
The sound of summer is ice cracking as you pour yourself a cold drink. Hearing that snap and pop cools everybody down. But why does ice crack? Periodic Videos explains the reason why ice straight from freezer suffers that sudden crack versus how ice left on a tray will just melt instead of crack.
A team of researchers has made the world's most sensitive thermometer at room temperature, which is three times more precise than any to go before it—and it's made of light.
And they're putting it aboard the International Space Station, where it will be generated inside an "atomic refrigerator."
With Minute Physics videos we pretty much expect to have the universe explained to us in . . . a minute. Or maybe a few minutes. But this rundown of temperature and how to achieve "negative temperature" only takes 10 seconds. Impressive.
Just like "close door" elevator buttons and press-to-walk street signs, hotel thermostats are a notorious public placebo. You see the rig on the wall and get to feel like you have some modicum of control, but in reality, that thermostat will only let you go to 72, maybe 70 if you're lucky. But after that, it's…
A team of scientists has created a material that's enough to confuse fellow researchers and the Predator alike: a substance which looks cold when viewed using infrared light even when it's getting hotter.
News alert! The world is going to get hotter. NASA combined dozens of climate models from around the world to estimate temperature and precipitation patterns for the next 87 years. That'll get us right to the year 2100.