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Image 1 - Manufacturing Goes Viral
2011-11-05 04:22:19

Researchers coax viruses to assemble into synthetics with microstructures and properties akin to those of corneas, teeth and skin Using a simple, single-step process, engineers and scientists at the University of California at Berkeley recently developed a technique to direct benign, filamentous viruses called M13 phages to serve as structural building blocks for materials with a wide range of properties. By controlling the physical environment alone, the researchers caused the viruses...

2011-10-25 19:00:00

Caroline DeLong, an assistant professor of psychology at Rochester Institute of Technology, is researching object discrimination in goldfish and echolocation in dolphins to bring scientists closer to unlocking the mysteries of animal perception and cognition. (PRWEB) October 25, 2011 The fictitious storybook character Dr. Doolittle was known for talking with animals. Caroline DeLong, an assistant professor of psychology at Rochester Institute of Technology, is a real-life Doolittle whose...

Robot Helps Researchers Understand Evolution Of Wings
2011-10-18 12:19:29

[ Watch the Video ] Scientists from University of California - Berkeley have built a six-legged robot to help gain a better understanding of the evolution of early birds and insects. The new study showed that the origin of wings may lie in animals that dwelled in trees rather than on the ground. The researchers said the flapping wings increased the speed of the running robot by 90 percent and also enabled it to climb steeper gradients, which would be important in the development of a...

2011-10-05 18:47:03

The exceptional strength of certain biological materials is due principally to their complex structure. Long bones, for instance, consist of a compact, solid outer casing filled with spongy tissue, which makes them particularly strong and resilient. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institutes for Mechanics of Materials IWM and for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT are collaborating on a project entitled "Bionic Manufacturing", which aims to develop products that are...

2011-09-23 11:59:42

Lianas whose stabilization rings of woody cells heal spontaneously after suffering damage serve as a natural example to bionic experts of self-repairing membranes. Such membranes could find use, for example, in rubber dinghies. Empa researchers have borrowed this trick from nature and developed a polymer foam surface coating with a closed cell construction which not only reduces the pressure loss after the membrane is damaged but also makes the inflatable structure more resistant and giving...


Word of the Day
baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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