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The temperature in Antarctica can nosedive to -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit, and yet penguins there manage not to ice over due to a combination of attributes that make them “superhydrophobic,” according to new research. Researcher Pirouz Kavehpour, a professor in...

source: Discovery News

Among the enduring mysteries of science are the nature of the universe, the origin of life and how to get the attention of students. Victor Miller and his colleagues in the engineering school at Stanford University have not made headway on the first two. To be fair, they...

source: The New York Times

Mike Randall knows what it takes to spark children's interest in science. The former rocket scientist with a Santa Claus bearing recently donned a suit of chain mail and stepped between musical Tesla coils. Lightning-like plasma arcs danced on his fingertips as the coils...

source: Savannah Morning News

There are multiple examples of fractal patterns in nature, from peacock feathers, snowflakes, and leaves, to cloud formations and coastlines. A group of graduate students have spotted similar fractal geometries in the ponds that form at low tide on a tidal flat in Maine....

source: Gizmodo

Disorder, or entropy, in a microscopic quantum system has been measured by an international group of physicists. The team hopes that the feat will shed light on the "arrow of time": the observation that time always marches towards the future. The experiment involved continually...

source: Physics World

Dissipation and decoherence are typically considered harmful to solar cell efficiency, but in a new paper scientists have shown that these effects paradoxically make the exciton lifetime in semiconducting carbon nanotubes 50 times longer...

source: Phys.Org


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