This life-size glass skeleton is illuminated by krypton

Krypton, being what chemists call a noble gas, glows when it's housed inside of a gas-discharge lamp. Craft the lamp's glass into specific letters and you get luminescent signage — like a red, neon "Open" sign. Hand-shape your own glass, however, and you can create something way more interesting than a boring old… » 4/04/12 2:29pm 4/04/12 2:29pm

Why some people fill their tires with nitrogen

One of the many special products offered to car owners to allow them to get more bang for their buck is nitrogen gas to fill their tires. But tires are tires. As long as they're not filled with gravel or anything that can explode, what difference could the gas inside them make? Supposedly, a lot. Let's examine the… » 2/22/11 7:00am 2/22/11 7:00am

Stellar nursery is a giant, gaseous mountain range

This is nebula NGC 2174, located about 6400 light-years away. This amazing photograph makes the nebula look like the peak of a giant dust mountain, with strange pink stars dominating its summit. In fact, the stars are locked in cosmic battle with the gas mountain, and it's only a matter of time before the stars emerge… » 2/09/11 11:36am 2/09/11 11:36am

Fuel-Hungry Pirates Steal Used Cooking Oil to Run Their Cars

Restaurants across the United States are reporting that thieves are stealing their used cooking oil, turning it into black-market biodiesel made in garage distilleries. In many cities where biodiesel fuel is popular, restaurants can earn up to $1.25 per gallon of the used stuff. Oil pirates, however, are rarely… » 5/23/08 7:00am 5/23/08 7:00am