Russian researchers find more evidence to support notion that lightning is caused by cosmic rays
Cicadas get a jump on cleaning (w/ Video)
As cicadas on the East Coast begin emerging from their 17-year slumber, a spritz of dew drops is all they need to keep their wings fresh and clean. Researchers at Duke University and James Cook University ...
New high-speed camera system reveals what snow looks like in midair
University of Utah researchers developed a high-speed camera system that spent the past two winters photographing snowflakes in 3-D as they fell – and they don't look much like those perfect-but-rare snowflakes ...
3-D printer builds synthetic tissues
A custom-built programmable 3D printer can create materials with several of the properties of living tissues, Oxford University scientists have demonstrated.
Jumping droplets help heat transfer
Many industrial plants depend on water vapor condensing on metal plates: In power plants, the resulting water is then returned to a boiler to be vaporized again; in desalination plants, it yields a supply of clean water. ...
Self-filling water bottle takes cues from desert beetle
Takeoffs and landings cause more precipitation around major airports
Researchers have found that areas near commercial airports sometimes experience a small but measurable increase in rain and snow when aircraft take off and land under certain atmospheric conditions.
Discovery of mini 'water hammer' effect could lead to materials that water really hates
Researchers from Northwestern University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have studied individual water droplets and discovered a miniature version of the "water hammer," an effect that produces the familiar ...
Nanostructured materials repel water droplets before they have a chance to freeze (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- Engineers from Harvard University have designed and demonstrated ice-free nanostructured materials that literally repel water droplets before they even have the chance to freeze.
A Multi-Layered Display with Water Drops (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- AquaLux 3D, a new projection technology developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, can target light onto and between individual water droplets, enabling text, video and ...
Lasers could be used to make rain (w/ Video)
Experimental explanation of supercooling: Why water does not freeze in the clouds (w/ Video)
Supercooling, a state where liquids do not solidify even below their normal freezing point, still puzzles scientists today. A good example of this phenomenon is found everyday in meteorology: clouds in high ...
Freezing point of supercooled water varies with electric charge
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.