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‘In de toekomst zet de dokter eerst je moleculen op de foto’

Fysicus Ron Heeren sleutelt aan bijzondere apparatuur voor in het ziekenhuis van de toekomst. Met zijn moleculaire fototoestel kan hij onze …

Algae's enzyme might hold the secret to mass producing biofuel

It's a very common alga species found in most ponds and lakes.<p>A common microscopic pond and lake alga named <i>Botryococcus braunii</i> makes big amounts of liquid hydrocarbons that can be used to make biofuel. Problem is, we can't use the organism itself as a source, because it grows very slowly. A group …

Texas A&M

What Happens When You Shoot a Golf Ball at a Balloon Filled with Non-Newtonian Fluid?

Non-Newtonian fluids are liquids that are also sort of solid but also sort of neither but also sort of both? They’re very thick liquids or very …

Hydrophobic Coating

Lotus Effect (part2) - instructions for educators

Nanoscience Experiments: How to make a Superhydrophobic Surface (Artificial Lotus Effect)

Lotus effect - superhydrophobic surfaces

Material Coating Tech Mimics Lotus Effect

Biofuel tech straight from the farm: Team harnesses promising fungi found in manure

Companies want to turn biomass like wood, algae and grasses into fuel or chemicals. The problem: The matrix of complex molecules found in plant cell …

Group 6 diatomic bonding is all relative

Relativistic effects may help to explain break from periodicity

Australia scientists develop 'bionic spine' which could help paralysed patients walk

Device can be inserted in the brain – without brain surgery – and could allow paralysed patients to operate robotic limbs “using thought alone”<p>Scientists in Australia have developed a “bionic spine” which could enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again by controlling a tiny paper …

The Brain

Periodic table crayons put the elements at your fingertips

Most kids love to color and spend a lot of time doing it. Why not combine the art lesson with science class?<p>Etsy shop Que Interesante has created a …

Chemistry

This Tiny Implant Lets Paralyzed People Control Exoskeletons With Their Thoughts

The implant, called a <i>stentrode</i> (stent-based electrode), doesn’t even need to be placed into your brain to do its work. It sits in a vein next to the …

The Periodic Table of Elements Scaled to Show The Elements’ Actual Abundance on Earth

When you learned about The Periodic Table of Elements in high school, it probably didn't look like this. Above, we have a different way of …

The Chemistry of Contact Lenses

For objects that essentially look like thin plastic films, there’s a surprising amount of chemistry behind contact lenses. This chemistry is designed …

The lightest metal ever has been developed by Boeing - it's lighter than Styrofoam

Microlattice is the lightest metal ever to be invented - the structure is 99.99% air<p>Aerospace Boeing has invented the lightest metal ever, called microlattice. The product is 99.99 per cent air and will be used as a primary component in aerospace engineering - it'll be used to make space rockets.<p>By …

From Garbage to Gas

Landfills and other sources of organic waste could become a massive pipeline for cleaner fuel.<p><b>Anne Kim | Republic 3.0</b><p>Anne Kim<p>What was once the I-95 …

See Plans For The 62-Mile Wall That Would Capture Trash In The Pacific

It's not too late to make our oceans bluer. One organization has an ambitious plan to make that happen.<p>Nature isn't doomed if we work fast enough.<p>That's the essential premise fueling The Ocean Cleanup, an organization that hopes to pull an unbelievable amount of plastic waste from the Pacific Ocean …

Researchers pluck carbon from the sky, turn it into diamonds

Carbon's the perfect material to build strong yet lightweight materials, but it's also the reason we're running head-first into an ecological apocalypse. Wouldn't it be great if we could snatch the excess CO2 from the air and use it to cheaply build aircraft fuselages, modern cars and <i>artificial</i> …

George Washington

Nanotube-soaked spiders spin super-strong silk

Orb spider silk, already among the toughest and strongest materials found in nature, could soon get a super-strong nanoscale upgrade. A research team from the University of Trento, Italy recently sprayed 15 Orb-weaving spiders, members of the <i>Pholcidae</i> family, with carbon nanotube or graphene …

Nanotech

Fibrous Pneumaticity

cambridge MASSACHUSETTSHarvard GSD<br>critic: Achim MENGES.suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.Erin CUEVAS, Mike JOHNSON, & Jana MASSET: The use of carbon …

This Robotic Hand Is Inspired By A Chameleon’s Tongue

For creatures without opposable thumbs, chameleons are exceptionally good at reaching out and grabbing things. That’s thanks to their very special tongues. At one and a half times a chameleon’s body length, these tongues can dart out and snatch prey on impact with sticky, gripping flaps of skin. In …

Aluminum-Ion Batteries Are Flexible, Fast-Charging, And Won't Catch On Fire

But don't expect to find them in Costco just yet<p>Almost all of the electronic devices that we carry around with us all day now rely on one key, but increasingly antiquated, technology: the lithium-ion battery. A mainstay of rechargeable power for the last couple decades, this battery technology has …

Nature's Strongest Material Found In A Sea Snail's 'Bite'

The winner in the strong man competition of the natural materials world might surprise you. The teeth of the aquatic snail-like limpet may have snatched the title for strongest known natural material.<p>“Until now we thought that spider silk was the strongest biological material because of its …

New Type Of Chemical Bond Confirmed

Chemistry students around the globe are pretty familiar with ionic, covalent, hydrogen, and van der Waals bonds, but a study has demonstrated the …

Method Discovered To Produce Breathable Air on Mars

The humans are using the Earth’s resources as if they have another planet to go to. The environmentalists have already buzzed their siren in response …

Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

A research team from Virginia Tech led by Y.H. Percival Zhang just developed a battery that runs on natural sugar that could replace conventional …