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Can robots teach us about animal flight?

Insights into animal flight control are of great interest not only for biologists but also for designers of bio-inspired flying robots. The common approach in animal flight research is to record the animals while maneuvering with high-speed cameras. The footage is processed to reconstruct the... click to read more

  • Matěj Karásek | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
Views 237
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 10, 2019
Leidenfrost reinvents the wheel

We often test the temperature of our frying pans by throwing a few droplets of water: if they skate over the hot surface, it is time to cook our pancakes! Water mobility indeed arises above a well-defined temperature, as described in 1756 by Johan Leidenfrost... click to read more

  • Ambre Bouillant | PhD student at PMMH, ESPCI-Paris, PSL Research University, Paris, France
  • David Quéré | Research Director at PMMH, ESPCI-Paris, PSL Research University, Paris, France
Views 227
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 27, 2019
Silencing a quantum drum

To a classical physicist, there is no fundamental limit to how well you can measure something. A classical object, for example, always exists in a well-defined position; if you want to know that position with better accuracy, you simply build a better microscope. The story... click to read more

  • David Mason | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Massimiliano Rossi | PhD student at Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Albert Schliesser | Professor at Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Views 458
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 27, 2019
DNA G-Quadruplexes: ‘knot’ that simple!

Known as the "molecule of life", DNA is found in every cell in our body, providing a set of instructions for the function and organization throughout our bodies. These instructions are encoded by only four structural variations, abbreviated to A, C, G and T. While... click to read more

  • Mateus Webba da Silva | Professor at School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, Ulster University, Coleraine, UK
  • Scarlett Dvorkin | PhD Student at School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences Research Institute, Ulster University, Coleraine, UK
Views 505
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 20, 2019
What can citrus teach us about fluid dispersal?

The avid citrus consumer knows it is impossible to peel an orange and keep your fingers dry, even if the precious fruit inside remains unmolested. Others will have noticed the ephemeral and fragrant mist that is emitted when peels are broken and tiny fluid jets... click to read more

  • Andrew Dickerson | Assistant Professor at Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, USA
Views 436
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 6, 2019