… Boiling of Water! Here’s a neat video about the work. Here’s a quote from an MIT News story on the research: “The whole concept relies on the fact that whether a surface is hydrophobic or hydrophilic will affect the … Continue reading
This paper from Axel van de Walle’s group sounds interesting: Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point [see also this WaPo story]: The experimental record-holder is a substance made from the elements hafnium, tantalum, and carbon (Hf-Ta-C). But these new … Continue reading
The backstory behind this stunning, prize-winning image is as interesting as the image itslef, which is from a half-millimeter sized splatter of water on a silicon chip, almost at its edge.
Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Richard Light talks about an interesting seminar/discussion course in his NYTimes column. The short course (more like a module running into several sessions) is built around a set of exercises which make the students not … Continue reading
Suppose a typical modern family car does about 40 miles to the gallon or, in metric terms, 100 km for every 7 litres of fuel. That means if you have a teaspoon of petrol (about 0.004 litres), it contains enough … Continue reading
A great article in Wired — Earth’s Most Stunning Natural Fractal Patterns by Jess McNally — is on patterns at human scales (leaves, cephalopods, peacock feathres, broccoli), as well as at hugely supra-human scales (mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and lightning). It … Continue reading