News tagged with deformations

Rare earths 'replaced' by silicon chip

Rare earths are an expensive and necessary component of strong permanent magnets. However, their use for this purpose can be optimised and thereby reduced. This has been demonstrated in computer simulations ...

Feb 28, 2011 4.8 / 5 (5) 5 | with audio podcast

A New Glance on Microscopic Images

A doctoral student at the research center Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (Germany) suggests interpreting the images generated by Kelvin probe force microscopy in a new way. She recently published her ...

Sep 16, 2009 4.5 / 5 (2) 0

Deformable mirror corrects errors

Very high power is needed to cut or weld using a laser beam. But this creates its own problem: the beam's energy deforms the mirrors that are focusing it to a point. When this happens, the beam expands and ...

May 14, 2014 5 / 5 (7) 1

Amoeboid swimming - crawling in a fluid

Researchers from CNRS, Inserm, and Université Joseph Fourier - Grenoble have developed a particularly simple model that reproduces the swimming mechanism of amoebas. They show that, by changing shape, these ...

Dec 04, 2013 not rated yet 0

Spheres can form squares

Everybody who has tried to stack oranges in a box knows that a regular packing of spheres in a flat layer naturally leads to a hexagonal pattern, where each sphere is surrounded by six neighbours in a honeycomb-like ...

May 24, 2013 4.7 / 5 (3) 0