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Seashell strength inspires stress tests

By modeling the average mollusk's mobile habitat, researchers are learning how shells stand up to extraordinary pressures at the bottom of the sea. The goal is to learn what drove these tough exoskeletons to evolve as they did and to see how their mechanical principles may be adapted for use in human-scale structures like vehicles and even buildings.

Posted: May 19th, 2015

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Tunable liquid metal antennas

Using electrochemistry, researchers have created a reconfigurable, voltage-controlled liquid metal antenna that may play a huge role in future mobile devices and the coming Internet of Things.

Posted: May 19th, 2015

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Computing at the speed of light

Engineers have taken a step forward in creating the next generation of computers and mobile devices capable of speeds millions of times faster than current machines. They have developed an ultracompact beamsplitter - the smallest on record - for dividing light waves into two separate channels of information.

Posted: May 19th, 2015

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Laser technique for low-cost self-assembly of nanostructures

Researchers have developed a low-cost technique that holds promise for a range of scientific and technological applications. They have combined laser printing and capillary force to build complex, self-assembling microstructures using a technique called laser printing capillary-assisted self-assembly (LPCS).

Posted: May 19th, 2015

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Liquid-crystal-based compound lenses that work like insect eyes

Engineers have shown how liquid crystals can be employed to create compound lenses similar to those found in nature. Taking advantage of the geometry in which these liquid crystals like to arrange themselves, the researchers are able to grow compound lenses with controllable sizes.

Posted: May 18th, 2015

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Studying dynamics of ion channels

Scientists have developed a method using infrared spectroscopy and atomistic modeling that would allow to better understand the mechanism behind the extreme ion selectivity and transport properties in ion channels.

Posted: May 18th, 2015

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