News tagged with external stimuli

New material gets itself into shape

Inspired by plant components that respond to external stimuli, material scientists from ETH Zurich have devised a new method for producing composite materials from a variety of materials that adopt a pre-programmed shape ...

dateApr 16, 2013 in Materials Science
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Putting the clock in 'cock-a-doodle-doo'

Of course, roosters crow with the dawn. But are they simply reacting to the environment, or do they really know what time of day it is? Researchers reporting on March 18 in Current Biology have evidence that puts the clock ...

dateMar 18, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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A single molecule in sight: Intelligent molecules

Intelligence is not only a matter of humans and animals. Scientists speak also of intelligent molecules. The latter directly react to external stimuli and change reversibly their shape. NIM physicists demonstrate the process ...

dateJan 17, 2013 in Nanophysics
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