The trillion-frame-per-second camera
When a crystal lattice is excited by a laser pulse, waves of jostling atoms can travel through the material at close to one sixth the speed of light, or approximately 28,000 miles/second. Scientists now have ...
Protein harnesses power of 'silly walks'
The 'stiff-legged' walk of a motor protein along a tightrope-like filament has been captured for the first time.
Researchers apply computer vision technique to see tiny vibrations in large structures
To the naked eye, buildings and bridges appear fixed in place, unmoved by forces like wind and rain. But in fact, these large structures do experience imperceptibly small vibrations that, depending on their ...
Study explains why soil and sand get stronger when they are struck harder
When a missile or meteor strikes the earth, the havoc above ground is obvious, but the details of what happens below ground are harder to see.
Tiny magnets used to upset flight of fruit flies to study their abilities (w/ Video)
Study shows one reason why pigeons so rarely crash
Study shows long tail on luna moth helps to thwart bat attacks (w/ Video)
High-speed imaging captures raindrops releasing clouds of aerosols on impact
Ever notice an earthy smell in the air after a light rain? Now scientists at MIT believe they may have identified the mechanism that releases this aroma, as well as other aerosols, into the environment.
An air cushion for falling droplets
Falling droplets bounce as many as fifteen times before they come to rest on a flat surface. In the past, it was believed that this phenomenon is limited to water drops on superhydrophobic surfaces.
Researchers discover daddy longlegs spiders capture prey using glue
Two-legged robot able to run without ZMP control (w/ Video)
Quenching one's thirst for knowledge by studying beer foam
For his master's thesis, Pierre-François Conzelmann, mechanical engineering student, wanted to understand the reason behind the formation of a "foam volcano" after tapping the neck of a bottle of beer. He ...
Japanese universities develop new world's fastest camera
Algorithm recovers speech from vibrations of potato-chip bag filmed through soundproof glass
Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were ...