A new study done by Canadian researchers takes a look at nitrates in ground water in the Mississippi Basin and finds bad news. If we stop using nitrogen fertilizers today, there will still be a three-decade legacy of excess nitrogen in water—and there’s a lawsuit right now that will decide who will foot the bill.
We know the drill. Cities are gray pollution farms and forests are verdant planetary saviors. We also know it’s more complicated than that. Here’s an interesting way a seemingly “green” forest can be a source of pollution.
For the first time ever, scientists have detected molecular nitrogen on a comet. The discovery is sheds light on the nature of the pre-Solar System environment in which Comet 67P/C-G formed.
RatedRR bought six iPhone 6 to torture them in every way imaginable. Their first test was to submerge one in liquid nitrogen and then use a hammer to smash it. Like the T-1000 in Terminator 2, the phone shatters in a billion pieces. Their drop test also shows their new glass shatters just like any glass.
This guy builds rockets with bottles and water, adding liquid nitrogen, turning them upside down and boom, instant propulsion: The nitrogen expands very fast on top of the warmer water, turning violently into gas, and pushing the bottle up.
We've been using nitrogen fertilizers to bolster crop growth since the neolithic era. But producing enough food for nearly seven billion mouths requires intensive farming practices that demand heavy applications of fertilizers. And their overuse is taking a heavy toll on the environment—an estimated $91 billion to…
Archaeological analysis of human remains can illuminate incredible truths about our ancient ancestors, revealing hidden truths about their daily lives that we wouldn't necessarily be able to find in written records. Other times, it can just be a damn tattletale.
The volatile mix of seawater and melting fuel rods is producing hydrogen and oxygen gas—the stuff that blew the lids off Fukushima twice last month. To avert another disastrous hydrogen explosion, workers are blowing inert nitorgen gas inside.
Nitrogen is one of the core components of all living things. But as of late, more nitrogen has been leaving the world's oceans than has been entering, leaving researchers perplexed as to where it's ending up.
File this under don't try at home, but there is a safe and painless way to dip your hand into liquid nitrogen. The secret? The Leidenfrost effect, which briefly shields your hand from -320° temps with a layer of bubbles.
Chances are, as a kiddywink, you looked up to your Mom or Dad and asked "why is the sky blue?" Just in case you've forgotten, or your parents told you a whopping fib, io9 has come to the rescue.
Scifi fans know that debate about gun control is besides the point. Guns won't save anyone from rampaging Terminators, aliens, or Jason Voorhees. Liquid nitrogen will. Here's how to make some on a super-low budget, for home protection!
Have you ever heard the adage that you can buy a better golf game? I really is true. Over the years my game has improved dramatically because of improvements in club design—but I never expected to be swinging anything like the Air Force One. On paper, PowerBilt's idea makes a lot of sense—by filling a clubhead with…
Did you know that your HDTV has a gas in it that could make you and your family sick and destroy the planet? It's true, a gas called Nitrogen Trifluoride, and it's bad stuff. Apparently thousands of times worse for the planet than CO2, it's a greenhouse compound that could significantly contribute to global warming.…
Paul Knight uses this weird machine to change the appearance of iPhones and iPods into spy plane black titanium nitride-coated machines, which are quite more beautiful than the originals. It uses "plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition" to modify the nature of the surfaces, a complex chemical process used to coat…