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The secret of dragonflies' flight

Dragonflies can easily right themselves and maneuver tight turns while flying. Each of their four wings is controlled by separate muscles, giving them exquisite control over their flight.

Nov 25, 2014
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Measuring NIF's enormous shocks

NIF experiments generate enormous pressures—many millions of atmospheres—in a short time: just a few billionths of a second. When a pressure source of this type is applied to any material, the pressure ...

Nov 24, 2014
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Taming the Boltzmann equation

Physicists at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, have developed a new algorithm that is capable of solving the Boltzmann equation for systems of self-propelled particles. The new method also ...

Nov 20, 2014
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Paramecia need Newton for navigation

While single-celled paramecia have the ability to respond to certain external stimuli, they appear not to use that sensory system for simple navigation, new research finds. The work suggests that the ability ...

Nov 18, 2014
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Atomic timekeeping, on the go

What time is it? The answer, no matter what your initial reference may be—a wristwatch, a smartphone, or an alarm clock—will always trace back to the atomic clock.

Nov 12, 2014
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