Living liquid crystals: Bacteria-filled liquid crystals could improve biosensing
Plop living, swimming bacteria into a novel water-based, nontoxic liquid crystal and a new physics takes over. The dynamic interaction of the bacteria with the liquid crystal creates a novel form of soft ...
Chemical reactions in artificial cell-scale systems show surprising diversity
In the future, an entire chemistry lab could be accommodated in a tiny little droplet. While simple reactions already work in these simplest models of an artificial cell now a group of scientists of the Cluster ...
Australian police get hand-held 3D crime scene laser scanner
Hubble directly observes the disc around a black hole
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to observe a quasar accretion disc -- a glowing disc of matter that is slowly being sucked into its galaxy's central black hole. Their ...
Google unleashes Coder for Raspberry Pi as kid-friendly tool
Tall water waves behave unexpectedly
Tiny heat engine may be world's smallest
'Jellyfish aircraft' takes flight (w/ Videos)
Inspired by nature and by the aviation pioneers of the early 20th century, scientists in the United States said Wednesday they had built the world's first jellyfish aircraft.
Data-gathering Tumbleweed robot seeks to understand desertification
Space station SPHERES run circles around ordinary satellites
(Phys.org) —These are, in fact, the droids that NASA and its research partners are looking for. Inspired by a floating droid battling Luke Skywalker in the film Star Wars, the free-flying satellites known ...
Physicists investigate fate of five-dimensional black strings
Scientists move objects across meter-scale distances using only light (w/ Video)
'Accelerator on a chip' demonstrated
In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured ...
Surprisingly simple scheme for self-assembling robots
In 2011, when an MIT senior named John Romanishin proposed a new design for modular robots to his robotics professor, Daniela Rus, she said, "That can't be done."