Author Archives: Abi

About Abi

My name is T. A. Abinandanan, and I am a professor of Materials Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Strongest Natural Material?

David Schultz in ScienceShhot: Spider silk dethroned as nature’s 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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Volleyballene!

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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A short profile of Prof. Harry Bhadeshia

Over at Forbes India. He hits an interesting note (and I have heard him say this in a seminar at IISc many years ago, so this must be one of his favourites) when he says: … Bhadeshia explored the world … Continue reading

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The First Microscopists

Awesome video from Howard Hughes Medical Institute: * * * This video presents a somewhat more elaborate introduction to the early history of microscopy.

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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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