'Rivers in the sky' shape African climate

East Africa is much drier than other tropical land regions, including the Amazon and Congo rainforests. The geography of East Africa was always thought to make the region dry and susceptible to drought, but the precise mechanism ...

Scientists present new application for nanophotonic sensor

A joint research team from Skoltech, HSE, MPGU and MISIS has developed a compact sensor for biochemical analysis, opening up a new frontier in the development of the "lab-on-a-chip." Using bovine serum albumin film as an ...

How eyeless centipedes are able to detect sunlight

A team of forestry experts at Northeast Forestry University, working with two colleagues from Zhejiang University School of Medicine, has uncovered the means by which the Chinese red-headed centipede is able to detect sunlight ...

Distortion-free structured light

An exciting prospect in modern optics is to exploit patterns of light—how the light looks in its many degrees of freedom—often referred to as "structured light." Each distinct pattern could form an encoding alphabet for ...

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