'Wet' computing systems to boost processing power
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new kind of information processing technology inspired by chemical processes in living systems is being developed by researchers at the University of Southampton, UK.
Can a drop of water cause sunburn or fire?
To the gardening world it may have always been considered a fact, but science has never proved the widely held belief that watering your garden in the midday sun can lead to burnt plants. Now a study into sunlit water droplets, ...
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 ...
Governments turn to cloud seeding to fight drought
(AP) -- On a mountaintop clearing in the Sierra Nevada stands a tall metal platform holding a crude furnace and a box of silver iodide solution that some scientists believe could help offer relief from searing ...
The lotus's clever way of staying dry (w/ Video)
An ancient Confucian philosopher once said, "I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained."
Opposites attract -- but they may not stay together
(PhysOrg.com) -- Opposites may always attract. But they may not remain together long-term. In a counter-intuitive discovery published in the current edition of the journal Nature, researchers from Harvard, the Un ...
Cosmic meddling with the clouds by seven-day magic
Billions of tonnes of water droplets vanish from the atmosphere, as if by magic, in events that reveal in detail how the Sun and the stars control our everyday clouds. Researchers of the National Space Institute in the Technical ...
Scientists Create Smallest Ever Droplet of Acid, Solve Ozone Puzzle
Back to basics: Scientists discover a fundamental mechanism for cell organization (w/Video)
Scientists have discovered that cells use a very simple phase transition -- similar to water vapor condensing into dew -- to assemble and localize subcellular structures that are involved in formation of the embryo.
Research gives clues for self-cleaning materials, water-striding robots
Self-cleaning walls, counter tops, fabrics, even micro-robots that can walk on water -- all those things and more could be closer to reality because of research recently completed by scientists at the University ...
Two lasers better when attacking cancer
Two lasers may be better than one when attacking cancer cells, according to a paper by Rice University scientists.
Report: Images from Mars lander show liquid water
(AP) -- Did NASA's Phoenix Mars lander find evidence of liquid water before it froze to death?