Beautiful 'flowers' self-assemble in a beaker
By simply manipulating chemical gradients in a beaker of fluid, materials scientists at Harvard have found that they can control the growth behavior of crystals to create precisely tailored structures—such ...
Materials scientist creates world's toughest fiber by adding slip knot
Remnants of supernova explosion found in ancient magnetotactic bacteria
Study on choice blindness finds voters more malleable than thought (w/ video)
The new normal? Record-breaking 2011 Lake Erie algae bloom may be sign of things to come
The largest harmful algae bloom in Lake Erie's recorded history was likely caused by the confluence of changing farming practices and weather conditions that are expected to become more common in the future ...
Even graphene has weak spots: Theorists find junctions in polycrystalline graphene sap its strength
(Phys.org) —Graphene, the single-atom-thick form of carbon, has become famous for its extraordinary strength. But less-than-perfect sheets of the material show unexpected weakness, according to researchers ...
Shrinking blob speeds traveling salesman on his way
Researchers synthesize negative-charge carrying molecular structures that can be a boost to future electronics devices
(Phys.org) —University of Oregon chemists have synthesized organic molecular structures that move both positive and negative electrical charges—a highly desired but often difficult combination to achieve ...
Researchers develop algorithm to maximize friendship acceptance by strangers on social networks
Microsoft Research project visualizes viral content (w/ video)
Architect unveils concept of 4D printing at TED conference (w/ video)
Researchers build self-repairing "systemic" computer
Thinnest graphene sheets react strongly with hydrogen atoms; thicker sheets are relatively unaffected
(Phys.org)—Single sheets of graphene, a curious material only 1 atom thick, are 100 times more chemically reactive than double or triple sheets, Stanford scientists say in a new paper published online Jan. ...
Color-tunable photonic fibers mimic the fruit of the 'bastard hogberry' plant
(Phys.org)—A team of materials scientists at Harvard University and the University of Exeter, UK, have invented a new fiber that changes color when stretched. Inspired by nature, the researchers identified ...