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  • Nanoparticles Used To Create Thermal ‘Barcodes’
    By on June 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes ‘Researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Massachusetts, have developed nanoparticles with distinct melting points, which they suggest be used as forensic “barcodes” to identify the origins and integrity of things such as explosives and currency [PDF]. To demonstrate the technique, the researchers used the explosive, TNT, as a test case. Commenting on the viability of the approach, researcher Dr Ming (more…)



  • Scientists Create World’s Tiniest “Ear”
    By on January 16, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    sciencehabit writes “If you’ve ever wondered what a virus sounds like, or what noise a bacterium makes when it moves between hosts, you may soon get your chance to find out. Scientists have created the world’s tiniest ear. The ‘nano-ear,’ a microscopic particle of gold trapped by a laser beam, can detect sound a million times fainter than the threshold for human hearing. Researchers suggest the work could open up a whole new field of ‘acoustic (more…)

  • Fallen Shoes Lose Your Illusion: Skate and Create
    By on September 20, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The fallen shoes video had some great clean flatland, an artistic style and was produced by Jamie Thomas. What more could you ask for?

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  • Nanoresonators Create Ultra-High-Res Displays
    By on August 27, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    TuurlijkNiet writes with this excerpt from Linux for Devices: “Eat your heart out, ‘Retina display.’ A new technology unveiled yesterday will allow creating pixels eight times smaller than the ones on Apple’s iPhone 4, eliminate the need for polarizer layers, and allow screens to make much more efficient use of available light, say University of Michigan researchers. … The pixels in the nanoresonator displays are about ten times smaller than those (more…)

  • Researchers Create Logic Circuits From DNA
    By on May 13, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    separsons writes “Researchers at Duke University recently used DNA to craft tiny chips used in computers and electronic circuits. By mixing DNA snippets with other molecules and exposing them to light, researchers created self-assembling, DNA-based logic circuits. Once perfected the tech could serve as an endlessly abundant, cheap alternative to silicon semiconductors. Chris Dwyer, lead researcher on the project, says that one grad student using DNA (more…)

  • Sonic Fans Create the Best Boycott of All Time
    By on March 3, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Thanks to the internet, the word “boycott” no longer conveys an element of gravitas. In fact, we’re pretty certain that this collection of 1080 (and counting) Sonic fans doesn’t actually understand the point of a boycott.

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  • UN To Create Independent Panel To Review IPCC
    By on February 27, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Hugh Pickens writes “The NY Times reports that an independent board of scientists will be appointed to review the workings of the world’s top climate science panel, which has faced recriminations over inaccuracies in a 2007 report that included a prediction that Himalayan glaciers would vanish by 2035, although there is no scientific consensus to that effect. That brief citation — drawn from a magazine interview with a glaciologist who says (more…)