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Researchers fabricate a metamaterial using a lotus leaf as a template

Unique surface structures play a vital role in metamaterials, and scientists have begun looking to nature itself for patterned surfaces from which to draw inspiration. Using a lotus leaf as a template, the new substance is capable of almost total absorption of light across the entire visible spectrum.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2015

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Trampolining water droplets (w/video)

Researchers have shown that it is, in principle, possible to develop materials that are literally allergic to ice and water. To do so, they first taught tiny water droplets how to trampoline.

Posted: Nov 4th, 2015

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Bottle-brush design enhances cellular imaging

With the gadget's unique design as inspiration, researchers now report the development of bottle-brush nanotags that can contain thousands of fluorophores, greatly enhancing the detection and analysis of cells.

Posted: Nov 4th, 2015

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The complexity of modeling

In recent years, advances in materials synthesis techniques have enabled scientists to produce increasingly complex functional materials with enhanced or novel macroscopic properties.

Posted: Nov 3rd, 2015

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