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How the kettle got its whistle

(Phys.org) —Researchers have finally worked out where the noise that makes kettles whistle actually comes from – a problem which has puzzled scientists for more than 100 years.

Oct 25, 2013 4.7 / 5 (38) 11 | with audio podcast

Self-steering particles go with the flow

MIT chemical engineers have designed tiny particles that can "steer" themselves along preprogrammed trajectories and align themselves to flow through the center of a microchannel, making it possible to control ...

Nov 11, 2013 4.3 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

Researchers develop printable lasers

(Phys.org)—A way of printing lasers using everyday inkjet technology has been created by scientists. The development has a wide range of possible applications, ranging from biomedical testing to laser arrays ...

Sep 19, 2012 4.9 / 5 (9) 1 | with audio podcast

Chasing the black holes of the ocean

According to researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Miami, some of the largest ocean eddies on Earth are mathematically equivalent to the mysterious black holes of space. These eddies are so tightly ...

Sep 23, 2013 4.5 / 5 (22) 2 | with audio podcast

Salt Water System Could Generate Hydrogen

(PhysOrg.com) -- The idea of generating hydrogen from salt water has often been claimed to work effectively. However, the systems proposed so far generally require a much greater energy input than the energy ...

Mar 18, 2009 3.8 / 5 (33) 18 weblog