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Improving Biomedical Technologies Using Squid Skin Protein
2014-07-18 03:48:01

UC Irvine Conductivity could charge up futuristic disease treatments The common pencil squid (Loliginidae) may hold the key to a new generation of medical technologies that could communicate more directly with the human body. UC Irvine materials science researchers have discovered that reflectin, a protein in the tentacled creature’s skin, can conduct positive electrical charges, or protons, making it a promising material for building biologically inspired devices. Currently,...

Researchers Use Squid Protein To Create High-Tech Camouflage
2013-09-11 11:35:27

[ Watch the Video: Camouflage Coating Modeled After Squids ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In another instance of technology inspired by nature, researchers from the University of California Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering say they’ve created a camouflage coating modeled after the Pencil Squid. This development, say the researchers, could one day be particularly useful to the US Military. Using a protein modeled after that found in a...

Color Change Mechanism Squid And Octopi
2013-07-26 09:47:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have discovered the mechanisms responsible for the dramatic color changes in underwater creatures such as the squid and the octopus. According to UCSB scientists, color in living organisms can be formed in one of two ways - pigmentation or anatomical structure. Structural colors are the result of the physical interaction between light and biological...

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2011-04-20 09:13:50

Optical cloaking approach described in Optics Express shows potential for myriad futuristic applications Invisibility cloaks are seemingly futuristic devices capable of concealing very small objects by bending and channeling light around them. Until now, however, cloaking techniques have come with a significant limitation"”they need to be orders of magnitude larger than the object being cloaked. This places serious constraints on practical applications, particularly for the...

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2011-01-06 11:17:25

Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor, University of Illinois In one University of Illinois lab, invisibility is a matter of now you hear it, now you don't. Led by mechanical science and engineering professor Nicholas Fang, Illinois researchers have demonstrated an acoustic cloak, a technology that renders underwater objects invisible to sonar and other ultrasound waves. "We are not talking about science fiction. We are talking about controlling sound waves by bending and twisting them in a...

2009-11-13 13:10:18

Scientists and curiosity seekers who want to know what a partially or completely cloaked object would look like in real life can now get their wish -- virtually. A team of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany has created a new visualization tool that can render a room containing such an object, showing the visual effects of such a cloaking mechanism and its imperfections. To illustrate their new tool, the researchers have published an article in the latest issue of...

2009-07-07 14:12:11

Physicists at UAB describe how to make objects invisible at very low frequency light with magnetic field shielding dc metamaterialsA group of researchers from the Department of Physics at UAB have designed a device, called a dc metamaterial, which makes objects invisible under certain light "“ very low frequency electromagnetic waves - by making the inside of the magnetic field zero but not altering the exterior field. The device, which up to date has only been studied in theoretical...

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2008-08-11 09:05:00

Two recently designed 3-D materials are opening new possibilities for scientists looking to develop an invisibility cloak. The so-called metamaterials are artificially engineered structures that have properties not seen in nature. The materials were developed by two separate teams under the direction of Xiang Zhang of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center at the University of California, Berkeley with U.S. government funding. These metamaterials work to bend light in the wrong direction....

2007-04-02 17:15:00

Researchers using nanotechnology have taken a step toward creating an "optical cloaking" device that could render objects invisible by guiding light around anything placed inside this "cloak." The Purdue University engineers, following mathematical guidelines devised in 2006 by physicists in the United Kingdom, have created a theoretical design that uses an array of tiny needles radiating outward from a central spoke. The design, which resembles a round hairbrush, would bend light around the...

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2006-10-19 09:30:00

WASHINGTON - A team of American and British researchers has made a Cloak of Invisibility. Well, OK, it's not perfect. Yet. But it's a start, and it did a pretty good job of hiding a copper cylinder. In this experiment the scientists used microwaves to try and detect the cylinder. Like light and radar waves, microwaves bounce off objects making them visible and creating a shadow, though it has to be detected with instruments. If you can hide something from microwaves, you can hide it from...


Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.