Monthly Archives: November 2014

Moire Animals!

If you know something about Moiré fringes (in materials, we encounter them primarily in transmission electron microscopy; see also the Wikipedia entry on Moiré patterns), you will appreciate Andrea Minini’s Animals in Moiré, a collection of black and white illustrations.

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Giant, Gorgeous Crystals

Here’s a video trailer for a 50-minute long movie entitled The Mystery of the Giant Crystals which “has been made freely available by Madrid Scientific Films and Triana Sci & Tech with the support of the International Union of Crystallography … Continue reading

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A computational look into melting

Here’s a neat computational study published in last week’s Science: Microscopic mechanisms of equilibrium melting of a solid by Amit Samanta, Mark E. Tuckerman, Tang-Qing Yu, Weinan E [though you might first want to read the commentary — Melting mechanisms: … Continue reading

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A Peep into a Jet Engine

Jacob O’Neal’s animations of the inner workings of a jet engine are a visual treat! Some of the jet engine components (especially those in the turbine immediately behind the combustor) are also an excellent example of extreme materials as they … Continue reading

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Beautiful Science Demo Inside a Giant Vacuum Chamber

You’ve just got to watch this fantastic re-creation of Galileo’s famous experiment — only this time, with a bowling ball and feathers which are dropped inside a giant vacuum chamber at NASA. Awesome!

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An excellent (and short) primer on Stereographic Projection

The Guardian has an excellent article by Alex Bellos: Pumpkin geometry: stunning shadow sculptures that illuminate an ancient mathematical technique. “Henry Segerman and Saul Schleimer paint beautiful shadows based on the maths of stereographic projection, a method originally used by … Continue reading

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