Last month’s exciting STEM news – June, 2014

This month has been an exciting one for STEM subjects across the board. Here’s a recap of
some of our favorite stories that made headlines in June.

The Animal Kingdom IconAnimal Kingdom/Under the Sea

Did you know that over 1,200 species have evolved with the ability to walk on water? It’s physics,
not a feat of magic or miracle, that makes this possible. This list compiled by National
Geographic ranges from tiny insects to lizards, and everything in between. All of these animals
rely on surface tension, the force created when water molecules cling to each other, to rest on
the water’s surface. Read article.

Extreme Weather IconExtreme Weather

New research has revealed that tsunami earthquakes may be caused by extinct undersea
volcanoes that create “sticking points” between separate tectonic plates. The undersea
volcanoes hinder the smooth sliding of the plates, which causes a large amount of pressure and
energy to build up. When the energy is released, the plates “unstick” and cause large
movements of the sea floor, which results in the formation of massive tsunami waves. The study
may lead to improved detection measures for tsunami earthquakes and their resulting tsunamis. Read article.

Medical Innovations IconMedical Innovations/Robotics

For those of us who suffer from vision loss, this month in medical innovation brings a story that
can provide some hope or comfort for the future of ophthalmology. A bionic eye system called
the Argus II has given a man diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, an eye disease that damages
the retina of the eye, his vision back. Read article.

Robotics IconSpace

NASA has discovered a new ocean underneath a layer of ice on Saturn’s sixth moon. At least the
size of Lake Superior, the discovery of this new body of water means that this particular moon
has the potential to be hospitable to life. Read article.

Video Games IconTechnology

It’s now possible to shoot high quality videos using technology like Google Glass, smart phones
or GoPros, but there are often superfluous sections of the videos that must be endured in
between the good parts. Luckily, Carnegie Mellon computer scientists have invented a new video
highlighting technique that can filter out the best parts of videos.  Read article.

Wind Energy IconWind Energy

Texas is known for it’s affinity for barbecue and cowboy boots, but the Lone Star State is making
waves this month for breaking the record for wind power production. Texas is the country’s
biggest producer of wind power, leading the nation with more than double of the next state,
California, in wind capacity. Read article.

So there, various STEM subject lovers. We’ve got you covered!