Researchers explore mechanics of silk to design materials with high strength and low density
Spider silk has long been noted for its graceful structure, as well as its advanced material properties: Ounce for ounce, it is stronger than steel.
Quantum computer as detector shows space is not squeezed
Ever since Einstein proposed his special theory of relativity in 1905, physics and cosmology have been based on the assumption that space looks the same in all directions - that it's not squeezed in one direction ...
Computer model shows moon's core surrounded by liquid and it's caused by Earth's gravity
New study suggests more and longer atmospheric stagnation events due to global warming
Surprisingly strong magnetic fields challenge black holes' pull
A new study of supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies has found magnetic fields play an impressive role in the systems' dynamics. In fact, in dozens of black holes surveyed, the magnetic field ...
Physicists use magnetism simulation software to model US presidential elections
Computer maps 21 distinct emotional expressions—even 'happily disgusted'
Researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way for computers to recognize 21 distinct facial expressions—even expressions for complex or seemingly contradictory emotions such as "happily disgusted" ...
Computer model shows continents sometimes push others out of the way (w/ video)
New computer model may explain moon Europa's chaotic terrain
Polymer gel, heal thyself: Team proposes new composites that can regenerate when damaged
(Phys.org) —When a chair leg breaks or a cell phone shatters, either must be repaired or replaced. But what if these materials could be programmed to regenerate-themselves, replenishing the damaged or missing ...
Researchers claim satellite data proves global warming caused by humans
New phenomenon could lead to novel types of lasers and sensors
There are several ways to "trap" a beam of light—usually with mirrors, other reflective surfaces, or high-tech materials such as photonic crystals. But now researchers at MIT have discovered a new method ...
Research trio claim landslides key to mountain longevity
3-D printing artificial bone
Researchers working to design new materials that are durable, lightweight and environmentally sustainable are increasingly looking to natural composites, such as bone, for inspiration: Bone is strong and ...