Monthly Archives: February 2015

Strongest Natural Material?

David Schultz in ScienceShhot: Spider silk dethroned as nature‚Äôs toughest fiber: Spider silk is famous for its amazing toughness, and until recently a tensile strength of 1.3 gigapascals (GPa) was enough to earn it the title of strongest natural material. … Continue reading

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One more theoretical prediction about a supermolecule with 20 selenium atoms and 60 carbon atoms whose architecture resembles that of a volleyball (arXiv link to the paper): The simulation gives a remarkably detailed picture of the properties of the new … Continue reading

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Nerdy cartoons

We talked a little about nerdy cartoons in my class this morning. The topic came up in the context of a couple of quotes: George Box: “Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful.” [This quote came up naturally … Continue reading

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