News tagged with shape

UFO cross-section gives snakes a lift

Snakes aren't usually renowned for their ability to fly, but Chrysopelea snakes from southeast Asia regularly launch themselves from trees into the air gliding for 10s of meters before touch down. In a bid to understand how ...

dateJan 29, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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Explainer: What is 4-D printing?

Additive manufacturing – or 3D printing – is 30 years old this year. Today, it's found not just in industry but in households, as the price of 3D printers has fallen below US$1,000. Knowing you can p ...

dateDec 19, 2014 in Engineering
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Hotter homes produce smarter babies

(PhysOrg.com) -- A hotter home appears to produce babies with better cognitive abilities - but before you turn up the home heater to make your baby brainier, the research was conducted on the Australian lizard ...

dateJan 12, 2012 in Plants & Animals
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Shape-shifting alloys hold promise

Imagine untwisting a finger-size spring, then holding the flame from a lighter underneath the unraveled section. Like magic, it twirls itself into a spring again because the metal alloy remembered its original ...

dateAug 27, 2013 in Condensed Matter
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