News tagged with surface structures

Trapping butterfly wings' qualities

Butterflies have inspired humans since the time of ancient Egypt, but now they're also inspiring researchers to look toward nature to help create the next generation of waterproof materials for electronics and sensors.

dateJan 04, 2012 in Materials Science
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How to build doughnuts with Lego blocks

Scientists have uncovered how nature minimises energy costs in rings of liquids with an internal nanostructure made of two chemically discordant polymers joined with strong bonds, or di-blocks, deposited on a silicon surface, ...

dateDec 21, 2011 in Nanophysics
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On the edge of friction

( -- The problem exists on both a large and a small scale, and it even bothered the ancient Egyptians. However, although physicists have long had a good understanding of friction in things like stone blocks being ...

dateDec 20, 2011 in Condensed Matter
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Nanoparticle imaging: A resonant improvement

Raman spectroscopy is a powerful technique for analyzing atomic structure based on the inelastic scatter of light from molecules, with diverse applications including medical imaging and chemical sensing. Researchers have ...

dateOct 28, 2011 in Bio & Medicine
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