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Nano-Structures are the Future of Water Repellency

Nano-Structures are the Future of Water Repellency

Conical Nano-Structure Water Hitting the Test Surface Even the most robust water repellent surfaces that are found in windshields, boat hulls and power generators have a tendency to give way under extreme conditions. Conditions such as increased pressure and high ...

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Harder than Diamond

Harder than Diamond

Researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas have calculated that compressed lonsdaleite (also called a hexagonal diamond) is 58% harder than a diamond. Traditionally, lonsdaleite has been rated between 7 and 8 on the ...

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NASA eClips

NASA eClips

The National Aeronautics and Space Agency is posting a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational videos freely available for use in the classroom or home environment. Called “NASA eClips,” the program provides short videos for different age ...

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Place Any Video inside Your Home Video

Researchers from Stanford University have developed new artificial intelligence software called ZunaVision, which can place a still image or video on almost any surface inside a video clip. For example, in a video displaying a painting of the sea hanging ...

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2008 in Science, Medicine and Space

From a possible cure for Aids to a new discovery of quasiparticles, 2008 brought with it important scientific and medical advances as well as great disappointments such as the unexpected malfunction of the Large Hadron Collider, which postponed the multi ...

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2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced three recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry award for 2008, jointly given to Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie and Roger Y. Tsien “For the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, ...

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One More Meaning of ‘Computer Science’

One More Meaning of ‘Computer Science’

Can software help scientists deal with the extremely large and fast-growing body of research in their own field? Can it locate relevant studies, tools, and knowledge from other fields? This column describes several ongoing efforts to achieve this goal. Putting ...

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The Mysterious Stranger – Part 1

The Mysterious Stranger – Part 1

In 1712, a mysterious stranger stepped into the quiet town of Gera, Germany. The man brought a peculiar machine: a thick wooden wheel, about three feet in diameter, covered in an oiled leather blanket. Through the wrapping emerged a massive ...

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The Other Meaning of ‘Computer Science’

The Other Meaning of ‘Computer Science’

If scientific research programs were movies, computers would always be cast as the sidekick: essential to the plot’s progress, but always serving the main character’s goals and motivations. Created by scientists and engineers, computers labor tirelessly to perform all the ...

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