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Bumpy liquid films could simplify fabrication of microlenses

Have you ever noticed that when heated a film of oil in a pan doesn?t remain completely flat? Instead, it forms a wavy pattern that resembles the exterior of an orange. These sorts of deformations inspired a group of researchers to explore whether they could be used to improve and streamline microfabrication processes.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2016

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Making molecules that twinkle

Single step process transforms carbon dioxide into star-shaped molecules that are promising building blocks for useful polymeric materials.

Posted: Feb 11th, 2016

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Twisting magnets

Members of a research collaboration have succeeded in experimentally verifying the properties of crystals of chiral magnetic materials, which may lead to the development of new types of magnetic memories with unprecedented storage capacities.

Posted: Feb 10th, 2016

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Spin waves out of waste heat

Principles of the conversion from heat currents to magnonic spin currents discovered / Study of complex magnetic materials.

Posted: Feb 10th, 2016

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Tiny diatoms boast enormous strength

Scientists have recently found that the hard shells of diatoms have the highest specific strength - the strength at which a structure breaks with respect to its density - of any known biological material, including bone, antlers, and teeth.

Posted: Feb 9th, 2016

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Structure of 'smart' nanogels at air/water interface revealed

Scientists used NIPAM-based nanogels synthesised with different percentages of MBA (N,N?-methylenebisacrylamide) as a cross-linker in the range 10?30%, and characterised them at human physiological temperature. Detailed structural studies of these systems on a molecular length scale have not been attempted before now.

Posted: Feb 9th, 2016

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