The physics of coffee rings
For centuries, intellectuals have met at the ring-stained surfaces of coffee shops to pore over the most pressing problems of the day -- but has anyone ever pondered the coffee rings they left behind? What causes the formation ...
Field Museum to study composition of stardust
Song lyrics aside, even when you catch a bit of stardust, it may take years to sort out what you've got.
Futuristic computing designs inside beetle scales
(PhysOrg.com) -- Though it began as a science fair project involving a shiny Brazilian beetle, Lauren Richey’s research may advance the pursuit of ultra-fast computers that manipulate light rather than electricity.
Engineer shrinks 'U' logo
In an example of how a technology wonk displays school spirit, an engineer has created a golden University of Utah logo that is smaller than the width of an average human hair.
Most powerful microscope in the UK unveiled
The most powerful atom resolving microscope in the UK was today revealed at the University of Cambridge. The new electron microscope, which will enable scientists to view individual atoms in any material, ...
How low can you go? Researchers make magnetic sheets just nanometers thick
(PhysOrg.com) -- Using cutting-edge spectroscopy at atomic resolutions, researchers have discovered how to grow ultra-thin manganite films while retaining their magnetic properties.
Common musk turtle breathes through its tongue
Creating a Captivating Cage for Carbon
(PhysOrg.com) -- A tough, hard-working particle known as ZIF-8 that can selectively remove carbon dioxide from a complex mixture of gases was designed by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. ...
Nanostructure of 5,000-year-old mummy skin reveals insight into mummification process
Here's looking at dew: spiders snare water from the air
Fog-catching nets which provide precious water in rain-starved parts of the world may be poised for a high-tech upgrade thanks to the spider.
An easy way to see the world's thinnest material
It's been used to dye the Chicago River green on St. Patrick's Day. It's been used to find latent blood stains at crime scenes. And now researchers at Northwestern University have used it to examine the thinnest material ...
Study sheds light on microscopic flower petal ridges
(PhysOrg.com) -- Microscopic ridges contouring the surface of flower petals might play a role in flashing that come-hither look pollinating insects can't resist. Michigan State University scientists and colleagues ...
New Study of Meteorite Provides More Evidence for Ancient Life on Mars
Simultaneous Nanoscale Imaging of Surface and Bulk Atoms
(PhysOrg.com) -- Brookhaven Lab scientists have developed a new scanning electron microscope capable of selectively imaging single atoms on a surface while simultaneously probing atoms throughout the sample?s ...