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Nanostructures behind a tarantula's blue hue could improve displays

Scientists recently discovered that tiny, multilayer nanostructures inside a tarantula's hair are responsible for its vibrant color. The science behind how these hair-raising spiders developed their blue hue may lead to new ways to improve computer or TV screens using biomimicry.

Posted: Nov 30th, 2015

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Liquid foam: Plastic, elastic and fluid

Physicists have gained new insights into predicting how complex fluids react under stretching conditions due to the interplay between elasticity, plasticity and flow.

Posted: Nov 30th, 2015

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Researchers find new phase of carbon, make diamond at room temperature

Researchers have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air.

Posted: Nov 30th, 2015

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The switch molecule

A new kind of switch which operates at the nanometre scale has been presented by an international research team. The switch's state can be altered in a targeted manner using a single electron.

Posted: Nov 30th, 2015

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Researchers create electronic plants

Researchers have shown that, using semi-conductive polymers, both analog and digital electronic circuits can be created inside living flowers, bushes and trees.

Posted: Nov 28th, 2015

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