News tagged with elasticity

The science behind Kyrgios' serve

A big serve proved its value as part of Australian wild card Nick Kyrgios' game yesterday, with 37 aces in his fourth round Wimbledon victory over world number one Rafael Nadal. ...

Jul 02, 2014
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It looks like rubber but isn't

The experimental and numerical study of the behaviour of polymers in concentrated solutions is a line of research that is still highly active. In the past, it enabled us to understand why materials like rubber ...

Mar 21, 2014
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Flexible, stretchable fire-ant rafts

What do Jell-O, toothpaste, and floating fire-ant rafts have in common? All are so-called "viscoelastic" materials, meaning that they can both resist flow under stress, like honey, and they can bounce back ...

Nov 26, 2013
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Two become one with the 3-D NanoChemiscope

The 3D NanoChemiscope is a miracle of state-of-the-art analysis technology. As a further development of well-known microscopic and mass spectroscopic methods, it maps the physical and chemical surfaces of ...

Aug 22, 2013
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An all-glass lab-on-a-chip

Lab-on-a-chip devices are microfluidic cells that incorporate pipes, reaction vessels, valves and a host of other implements typically found in laboratories. These components are typically carved into a flat ...

Jul 04, 2013
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