The golden silk orb weaver (Nephila pilipes) creates dragline silk that prevents it from spinning while hanging from its web. Credit: Kai Peng of Huazhong University of Science and Technology The last time you watched a spider drop from the ceiling on a line of silk, it likely descended gracefully on its dragline instead of

XICC_LHCb discovery (00006) Credit: Copyright CERN Today at the EPS Conference on High Energy Physics in Venice, the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has reported the observation of Ξcc++ (Xicc++) a new particle containing two charm quarks and one up quark. The existence of this particle from the baryon family was expected by

This is one of the two silicon resonators. Credit: PTB No one had ever come so close to the ideal laser before: theoretically, laser light has only one single color (also frequency or wavelength). In reality, however, there is always a certain linewidth. With a linewidth of only 10 mHz, the laser that the researchers

A huge range of materials are classified as granular – including sand, gravel, snow, nuts, coal, rice, barley, coffee and cereals. Globally, they are the second-most processed type of material in industry, after water. Credit: © forton / Fotolia At the moment they come together, the individual grains in materials like sand and snow appear

This is a wave-interference and resonant energy transfer from one source to another distant source or object, pertaining to the fundamental concept of resonances. Credit: EPFL – Bionanophotonic Systems Laboratory At EPFL, researchers challenge a fundamental law and discover that more electromagnetic energy can be stored in wave-guiding systems than previously thought. The discovery has

This is a schematic of the functionalization of the nanoparticles along with photographic images of the water droplets on spray-coated microscope slides. An environmentally friendly superhydrophobic coating to superhydrophilic coating for antifogging and antifouling according to scientists at Swansea University. Credit: Shirin Alexander Swansea University ‘Green’ project led by Swansea scientists could replace more expensive

UT Austin researchers used a magnet and nanoparticles to separate oil from water in seconds. Credit: Cockrell School of Engineering When oil mixes with or enters into water, conventional methods of cleaning the water and removing the oil can be challenging, expensive and environmentally risky. But researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The

Polymeric pigments were produced by guided oxidation of peptide assemblies. Credit: Matej Vakula, NYC Scientists have long known that melanin — the pigments that give color to skin, hair and eyes — has numerous useful qualities, including providing protection from cancer-causing UV radiation and free radicals, but also electronic conductance, adhesiveness and the capacity to

This is a figure illustrating that polymer crystallization speed can be used to control the spatial distribution of nanoparticles. Impurities (here, the nanoparticles) will become engulfed by the crystal if it grows too rapidly. However, when the rate slows, the crystal will expel the defects. Credit: Sanat Kumar/Columbia Engineering Researchers at Columbia Engineering have demonstrated

As a mouse moves, or translates, forward optical flow radiates around him from a single point in front. When the mouse rotates, optical flow is horizontal all the way around, appearing forward in one eye but backward in the other. Credit: Berson et. al./Brown University Think of the way that a long flat highway seems

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