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Written By: grant on January 29, 2015 No Comment

Can’t beat NBC’s headline for this: Insects Wear Tiny Spacesuits, for Science:

Scanning electron microscopes (SEM) provide incredibly detailed images of biological specimens, but the instruments have not been able to image living organisms because of the powerful vacuum environment required.

But now, a team of researchers has developed a way to image mosquitoes and other […]

Written By: grant on September 12, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily explores the weird, microscopic world of
making ceramics that can bend and twist and smush and reform:

Caltech materials scientist Julia Greer and her colleagues…explain how they used the method to produce a ceramic (e.g., a piece of chalk or a brick) that contains about 99.9 percent air yet is incredibly strong, and […]

Written By: grant on April 22, 2014 No Comment

Nature is sharing a fun little recipe for whipping up the super-material graphene in a kitchen blender:

In Nature Materials, a team led by [Jonathan] Coleman [at Trinity College, Dublin,] (and funded by the UK-based firm Thomas Swan) describe how they took a high-power (400-watt) kitchen blender and added half a litre of water, […]

Written By: grant on February 11, 2014 No Comment

Or: “Weird substance gets weirder.” Nature has more on how the latest tests have thrown models of how carbon circuits are supposed to work into disarray:

In graphene, electrons can move faster than in any other material at room temperature. But techniques that cut sheets of graphene into the narrow ribbons needed to form […]

Written By: grant on November 26, 2013 No Comment

Remember the superhero fashion designer in The Incredibles? Nature unfolds the true story of a “super-material” that repels liquids so well, it resists molten metal:

Kripa Varanasi, a mechanical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, and his colleagues used a water-repellent material which they further engineered by adding tiny ridges 0.1 […]

Written By: grant on September 16, 2013 No Comment

We’re getting closer to having hologram projectors in our pockets, as befits people living in the future. PhysOrg reports on the latest step – a system that converts mobile-device displays into three-dimensional images:

Launched earlier this year, EyeFly3D, the first glasses-free 3D accessory for smartphones, has just picked up its first award from IES. […]

Written By: grant on September 11, 2013 No Comment

PhysOrg has the brilliant news about using itty bitty flecks of precious stones to boost the power of medication to treat exceptionally stubborn cases of leukemia:

Daunorubicin is currently one of the most common drugs used to treat leukemia. The drug works by slowing down or stopping cancer cells from growing, causing many of […]

Written By: grant on September 8, 2013 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Fulleride Cs3C60</i> by Dmitri Zaitsev and Joffe Ilya Naftolevich

This is a buckyball crystal, a form of carbon that no one had ever seen until the 1980s. Now, it’s starting to get used in all kinds of unexpected ways. Formally, this stuff is is known as Carbon-60 or buckminsterfullerene, because the molecule looks so much like a geodesic dome as envisioned by […]

Written By: grant on March 18, 2013 No Comment

Wired reveals the weird ways nanotechnologists are making sound behave like light… this time, by creating a Star Trek weapon in the lab:

Because laser is an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation,” these new contraptions – which exploit particles of sound called phonons – should properly be called phasers. Such […]

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