Thomas Andrew Gustafson

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How To Build An Indestructible Gingerbread House

Monday, December 23, 2013

Here's the thing about gingerbread houses. You labor over them for hours. You painstakingly decorate them with gumdrops and candy canes.

And then, someone shakes the table it's sitting on, and boom! It all comes crumbling down, leaving a huge, house-shaped hole in your heart.

Never again, we said.

This ...


Robots Could Help Farmers Rein In Fertilizer Pollution

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lately, robots have been taking over all kinds of jobs that humans used to do on the farm — from thinning lettuce to harvesting spinach.

Three brothers in Minnesota are betting that robots could compete with machines on the farm, too: the huge, and often inefficient, fertilizer ...


I'm Not Just Gaming, Ma! I'm Helping The World's Farmers

Monday, December 02, 2013

There's no easy way to track all of the world's crops. What's missing, among other things, is an accurate map showing where they are.

But the people behind Geo-Wiki are hoping to fix that, with a game called Cropland Capture. They're turning people like you and me into ...


A New Look At An Old Epilepsy Drug Yields Treatment Clue

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

About one-third of people with epilepsy aren't helped by existing drugs.

But a commonly prescribed medicine used for almost 50 years to treat the disorder has revealed new information about how the disorder works that could lead to improvements in treatments.

That drug, valproic acid, is used to treat ...


How Much Water Actually Goes Into Making A Bottle Of Water?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Environmental activists have long claimed that bottled water is wasteful. Usually, they point to the roughly 50 billion (mostly plastic) bottles we throw away every year.

The International Bottled Water Association, ever sensitive to criticism that it's wasting precious resources, has commissioned its first ever study to figure out how ...