Journal of the Royal Society Interface

Study shows how giant clams harness the sun

Evolution in extreme environments has produced life forms with amazing abilities and traits. Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in ...

Oct 02, 2014
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How spiders fix their webs

Spider silk is light and delicate, while incredibly resilient and tear-resistant. Understanding the structure and way of construction of these threads is a challenge taken up by a research team of Kiel University. ...

Aug 14, 2014
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The economy of bitcoins

The massive spread of the cryptocurrency or digital currency, Bitcoin, opens up new pathways for researchers to study social action on markets. This reveals interesting feedback between the exchange rates ...

Aug 07, 2014
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Tiny UAVs and hummingbirds are put to test

Hummingbirds in nature exhibit expert engineering skills, the only birds capable of sustained hovering. A team from the US, British Columbia, and the Netherlands have completed tests to learn more about the ...

Jul 30, 2014 weblog
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How cormorants emerge dry after deep dives

Feathers have long been recognized as a classic example of efficient water-shedding—as in the well-known expression "like water off a duck's back." A combination of modeling and laboratory tests has now ...

Jun 16, 2014
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