The complex fluid dynamics of paint dripping techniques employed by Jackson Pollock
Jackson Pollock, one of the greatest American artists of the 20th century, revolutionized abstract expressionist painting in the mid-20th century with his unique "drip" technique—masterpieces of densely ...
Climate control in termite mounds
When they make their way into homes, some species of termites can be destructive pests. Their fungus-harvesting relatives in Africa and Asia, however, are known for their construction prowess, collectively ...
How lapping canine tongues create columns of liquid, allowing them to gulp down water
If you've ever watched a dog drink water, you know that it can be a sloshy, spilly, splashy affair—in other words, adorable.
Vibrations reveal how material 'takes a breath'
A combination of supercomputer calculations and a bombardment of high-energy particles has revealed how a new kind of material opens its pores and 'breathes'.
Oxford team shed light on ancient Egyptian obelisk
History was made this month as the robotic Philae lander completed the first controlled touchdown on a comet. The European Space Agency-led project was set up to obtain images of a comet's surface and help ...
Nanodot team aims to charge phones in less than a minute
Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors
Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.
Bee populations decline as they lose favorite pollinating plants
Bee populations have declined in recent decades mainly due to a loss of biodiversity causing the disappearance of their favorite pollinating plants, according to a study published Monday.
Scientists could save thousands with student's DIY microscope
Expensive tests for measuring everything from sperm motility to cancer diagnosis have just been made hundreds of thousands of dollars cheaper by a PhD student from Brunel University London who hacked his ...
Boy moms more social in chimpanzees
Nearly four decades of observations of Tanzanian chimpanzees has revealed that the mothers of sons are about 25 percent more social than the mothers of daughters. Boy moms were found to spend about two hours ...
Biology trumps chemistry in open ocean
Single-cell phytoplankton in the ocean are responsible for roughly half of global oxygen production, despite vast tracts of the open ocean that are devoid of life-sustaining nutrients. While phytoplankton's ...
Rosetta Comet Landing in 'Thud' and 3D
(Phys.org) —A 3D image shows what it would look like to fly over the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was generated from data collected by the Rosetta Lander Imaging System (ROLIS) ...
Game theory analysis shows how evolution favors cooperation's collapse
Last year, University of Pennsylvania researchers Alexander J. Stewart and Joshua B. Plotkin published a mathematical explanation for why cooperation and generosity have evolved in nature. Using the classical game theory ...
Toxin targets discovered
Research that provides a new understanding of how bacterial toxins target human cells is set to have major implications for the development of novel drugs and treatment strategies.