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Quenching World's Water And Energy Crises One Droplet At A Time
2014-07-28 03:56:55

In the Namib Desert of Africa, the fog-filled morning wind carries the drinking water for a beetle called the Stenocara.

Pitch Drops That Got The World Talking
2014-05-01 03:11:19

In light of recent results from the "world's longest experiment", spanning more than 90 years, at the University of Queensland, a group of researchers from Trinity College Dublin explain the background behind their own pitch-drop experiment in this month's Physics World and offer an explanation as to why their research hit the headlines in 2013.

Dancing Droplets Captured With High-speed Camera For Scientific 'Photo Album'
2013-08-06 13:50:58

The splash from rain hitting a windowpane or printer ink hitting paper all comes down to tiny droplets hitting a surface, and what each of those droplets does.

Seven Decade-Long Experiment Catches Tar Dripping For First Time
2013-07-19 13:03:08

Set up by Ireland's Trinity College in 1944 and Australia's University of Queensland in 1927 -- a very specific event had never been witnessed before. Even an attempt to catch it with a webcam in 2000 failed because of an equipment malfunction. It represents the world's longest running experiment.

New Ways To Study How Ordered Materials Arrange Themselves
2013-05-21 14:04:23

A fried breakfast food popular in Spain provided the inspiration for the development of doughnut-shaped droplets that may provide scientists with a new approach for studying fundamental issues in physics, mathematics and materials.

Dew Drops Help Keep Cicada Wings Fresh And Clean
2013-04-30 09:42:33

A spritz of dew drops is all the cicadas on the East Coast need to keep their wings fresh and clean as they emerge from their 17-year slumber.

Cloud Droplet Formation Rate Not Affected By Pollution
2013-02-19 05:21:23

A little bit of oily and viscous organic material doesn't seem to matter much when it comes to forming the droplets that make up clouds. This is good news for reducing the uncertainty of climate model predictions.

2012-10-24 12:05:33

For the first time, scientists have observed how droplets within solids deform and burst under high electric voltages.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.