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Quantum dots make efficient decisions

Even the simplest forms of life face an endless barrage of decisions—where to search for sustenance, for example, or how to avoid predators. Various mathematical models can mimic these decision-making processes, ...

Nov 22, 2013 4.2 / 5 (6) 0 | with audio podcast

Self-healing hydrogels ease into production

Hydrogels are semi-solid materials formed by polymer chains that trap water molecules into three-dimensional gels. They are used in a variety of applications, including soft contact lenses, but the fragile ...

Nov 01, 2013 4.8 / 5 (12) 0 | with audio podcast

Natural deep-sea batteries

Exploring the deep oceans presents huge technical challenges, many of which could be overcome if there were some cheap and efficient way to deliver power to machines while at depth. To tackle this problem, ...

Oct 25, 2013 5 / 5 (2) 0