Archive: 06/12/2007

Theory of Physics Explains Human Patterns

Why does a railway network look like a river? Why do the streets of old Rome look like a leaf? Because whether their shape is determined by the interactions of molecules or the choices made by individual humans, all of these ...

Jun 12, 2007 4.5 / 5 (60) 0

Tether Origami

NASA is joining a Japanese team in a space experiment that uses reverse origami to show the way to help keep satellites in their proper orbits, or to return spent rocket stages quickly to Earth.

Jun 12, 2007 4.4 / 5 (9) 0

Mathematical model improves reactor efficiency

During his PhD project at Eindhoven University of Technology, Dutch researcher Vinit Chilekar developed a mathematical model for the design of a so-called slurry bubble column. That is a reactor for large-scale chemical processes, ...

Jun 12, 2007 4.3 / 5 (4) 0

Fruit Bats are not 'Blind as a Bat'

The retinas of most mammals contain two types of photoreceptor cells, the cones for daylight vision and colour vision, and the more sensitive rods for night vision. Nocturnal bats were traditionally believed ...

Jun 12, 2007 4.2 / 5 (5) 0