News tagged with thermodynamics

The astonishing efficiency of life

All life on earth performs computations – and all computations require energy. From single-celled amoeba to multicellular organisms like humans, one of the most basic biological computations common across life is translation: ...

dateNov 17, 2017 in Cell & Microbiology
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How do you build a metal nanoparticle?

Although scientists have for decades been able to synthesize nanoparticles in the lab, the process is mostly trial and error, and how the formation actually takes place is obscure. However, a study recently published in Nature ...

dateJul 10, 2017 in Nanomaterials
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Video: How do we measure temperature?

We have a lot of confidence that we measure temperature accurately. But how do thermometers in the kitchen or doctor's office work? Thanks to the laws of thermodynamics, thermometers respond to heat moving from hot to cold ...

dateMar 28, 2017 in Other
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