New method for better laser-material interaction

Using ultrashort laser pulses lasting a few picoseconds (trillionths of a second), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have discovered an efficient mechanism for laser ablation (material removal) that ...

Aiming at a target: the science of particle production

For some, a target is part of a game of darts. For others, it's a retail chain. In particle physics, it's the site of an intense, complex environment that plays a crucial role in generating the universe's smallest components ...

New approach to measuring stickiness could aid micro-device design

Brown University engineers have devised a new method of measuring the stickiness of micro-scale surfaces. The technique, described in Proceedings of the Royal Society A, could be useful in designing and building micro-electro-mechanical ...

Researcher studies how animals puncture things

If shooting arrows from a crossbow into cubes of ballistics gelatin doesn't sound like biological science to you, you've got a lot to learn from University of Illinois animal biology professor Philip Anderson, who did just ...

Cell membranes: Synthetics save time and cut costs

Screening for critical drug targets known as G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) is now possible without the need to extract these proteins from their native cells. Extraction requires the use of stabilizing lipids, which ...

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