Journal Club

Highlighting recently published papers selected by Academy members

Monthly Archives: May 2013

Antifreeze found trapped inside ice crystals

A common antifreeze compound is methanol, the simplest kind of alcohol molecule. Now scientists find that even methanol can get trapped within ice-like cages, findings detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that could influence what researchers … Continue reading

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Getting meaning out of the noise

As we go through the day, listening, reading, instant messaging with co-workers, we are constantly decoding sentences and constructing meaning from them. As we build meaning based on syntax and semantics, we are also, it seems, calculating how likely what … Continue reading

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Controlling drag with tunable bubble mattresses

Bubbles can reduce the drag that slows ships and submarines in the water. As such, researchers want to exploit cushions of air to help create faster torpedoes and attack vessels as well as drastically cut the enormous volumes of fuel … Continue reading

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Ideas germinate for seed collector

[slideshow_deploy id=’857′]   Artist Svjetlana Tepavcevic is a portraitist of seeds. When she finds a seed she doesn’t recognize she appreciates it for a while on its own, visual terms, before attaching it’s scientific name and history. Often this information … Continue reading

Categories: Plant Biology | Science and Culture | Visual Science | Leave a comment