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The Physics Of A Bump In A Rug

Scientists often have to make sacrifices for their work. Physicist Dominic Vella chopped his bathroom rug into strips, and L. Mahadevan's coauthor ran off with his bookshelf. With these sacrifices, these two teams were able ...

dateOct 20, 2009 in General Physics
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Power boosting self-cleaning solar panels

High-power, self-cleaning solar panels might be coming soon to a roof near you. There are two obvious problems with photovoltaic cells, solar panels. First, they are very shiny and so a lot of the incident sunlight is simply ...

dateNov 22, 2013 in Energy & Green Tech
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Galileo revisited: How ribbons roll

Galileo Galilei’s experiments on the motions of falling and rolling objects, described in his 1638 book, “Two New Sciences,” are considered by many to be the beginning of modern science. Now researchers at MIT have ...

dateSep 08, 2010 in General Physics
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