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ants and robotsvideo

More Workers Working Might Not Get More Work Done, Ants (and...

For ants and robots operating in confined spaces like tunnels, having more workers does not necessarily mean getting more work done. Just as too...
blood clottingvideo

First Microscopic Video of Blood Clot Contraction Reveals How Platelets Naturally...

The first view of the physical mechanism of how a blood clot contracts at the level of individual platelets is giving researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania a new look at a natural...
liquid metalvideo

Voltage-driven Liquid Metal Fractals

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that gallium indium (EGaIn), a liquid metal with one of the highest surface tensions, can be...
Liquid Metalvideo

Look Ma, No Hands: Researchers Use Vacuum for Hands-Free Patterning of...

North Carolina State University engineers have utilized vacuum to create a more efficient, hands-free method for filling complex microchannels with liquid metal. Their work...
Fungal Spores

Fungal Spores Harness Physics to Launch Themselves

Researchers from Duke University have uncovered the detailed mechanics of the way fungal spores have evolved to harness the power of merging water droplets...
DNA machines

Switchable DNA Mini-machines Relay Information

Biomedical engineers have built simple machines out of DNA, consisting of arrays whose units switch reversibly between two different shapes. The arrays’ inventors say they...
atomic chaos

Finding Order and Structure in the Atomic Chaos Where Materials Meet

Materials science researchers have developed a model that can account for irregularities in how atoms arrange themselves at the so-called “grain boundaries” – the...
polymervideo

Materials Breakthrough

Modern electronic biomedical devices are enabling a wide range of sophisticated health interventions, from seizure detection and Parkinson’s disease therapy to functional artificial limbs,...
Gallium Nitride

Study Finds Surface Texture of Gallium Nitride Affects Cell Behavior

Researchers at North Carolina State University have determined that the surface texture of gallium nitride (GaN) materials can influence the health of nearby cells....