The Tragic Story Of The Radioactive Women Of WWI

The Radium Girls, as they came to be known, were women who joined the United States war effort in World War 1, working in factories where they painted glow-in-the-dark paint on airplane instruments. It was considered a good job, until their bodies fell apart from radium poisoning.

Radium is a radioactive element discovered by Marie Curie in 1898, which initiated a bit of a radium craze until it was better understood to be very dangerous. Radium was used in the luminescent paint that the women handled every day in the factories, even ingesting the paint when they used their lips to contour the brushes.

Sadly, by the 1930s, most of the Radium Girls had died from cancers and bone degeneration, and their employer, the United States Radium Corporation, refused to take responsibility for their demise. This led to a rash of lawsuits that changed the way we treat workers, creating watchdog groups that have made workplaces safer all around the world.

What Really Matters About Neuralink

Elon Musk made headlines last week when he announced the first product from his startup company, Neuralink. It’s a brain implant that will potentially allow quadriplegics to control phones, computers, and robotic arms. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

A Technology That Would Change The World (If It Exists)

Cold Fusion burst on the scene in 1989 with the announcement that researchers Fleischmann and Pons had created energy through a chemical process that induces fusion at room temperature.

When nobody else was able to replicate their findings, cold fusion went down as one of the biggest science fiascoes in decades. But some believe they were on the right track, and that their method could be the key to change the world.

Could Space-Based Solar Save The World?

Solar power is on the rise, and that’s a good thing. But solar power has one major drawback – it can’t make energy at night, which is literally half the time.

But there is a place where you have constant sun, 24 hours a day, with no cloud cover, and get twice as much energy – outer space.

Could giant solar panels in space be the key to unlimited energy?

The Weird Plan To Fight Climate Change With Mammoths

The current rate of species extinction is alarming, but it’s happening at a time when we may, for the first time in history, be able to bring back extinct species. We’re getting very close. And some think it may be a key to fighting climate change.

Movies like Jurassic Park have shown the wonders and dangers of bringing back extinct species. It’s not really science fiction anymore.

While we’re probably not going to be bringing back dinosaurs anytime soon – the DNA is just too damaged over that time – there is the potential for bringing back prehistoric mammals, and even animals that we’re losing in the current extinction event.

Some think that bringing back mammoths – or something like them – could help climate change by feeding on the bushes that absorb heat and thaw the permafrost.

Other species, like passenger pigeons, which once migrated in flocks so big they would darken the sky for days at a time, may have served to help keep forests healthy, and bringing them back could help with our forests.

And others, like the saber-tooth tiger, could be just for fun.