- Secrets of a mollusk's unique bioceramic armor
- Heat‐conducting polymer cools hot electronic devices at 200 degrees C
- First sightings of solar flare phenomena confirm 3D models of space weather
- Big data keeps complex production running smoothly
Posted: 30 Mar 2014 12:15 PM PDT
The secrets behind a marine creature's defensive armor -- one that is exceptionally tough, yet optically clear -- have been revealed by scientists. The shells' unique properties emerge from a specialized nanostructure that allows optical clarity, as well as efficient energy dissipation and the ability to localize deformation, the researchers found.
Posted: 30 Mar 2014 12:12 PM PDT
By harnessing an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers, researchers have developed a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer. The material can operate at up to 200 degrees Celsius.
Posted: 27 Mar 2014 07:13 AM PDT
Scientists have for the first time witnessed the mechanism behind explosive energy releases in the Sun's atmosphere, confirming new theories about how solar flares are created. New footage put together by an international team of researchers shows how entangled magnetic field lines looping from the Sun's surface slip around each other and lead to an eruption 35 times the size of the Earth and an explosive release of magnetic energy into space.
Posted: 27 Mar 2014 07:06 AM PDT
Industrial plants must function effectively. Remedying production downtimes and breakdowns is an expensive and time consuming business. That is why companies collect data to evaluate how their facilities are doing. Investigators show how operators can analyze these huge amounts of data and use it as an early warning system when problems threaten.
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