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Category Archives: Applied Physical Sciences

Flatly opposed: Squeezing through a channel turns objects sideways

One might naturally assume that whatever is within a fluid lines up with that fluid as it pours through a channel. However, scientists now find disks, tubes, and many other particles don’t always go with the flow at all, sometimes … Continue reading

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Slow burn: chip-sized power generators could provide alternative to batteries

Battery-powered mobile gadgets allow us do almost anything anywhere: call, shoot video, check stocks, read PNAS First Look until, of course, the power runs out. A new microchip-scale form of power generation could replace common batteries and dramatically prolonging the time … Continue reading

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The mechanical properties of folded maps

The origami trick now often used to fold large maps into small rectangles was developed by Japanese aerospace scientist Koryo Miura at the University of Tokyo, who originally invented it to help deploy solar panels on spacecraft. Now researchers find … Continue reading

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