Category Archives: Popular Science

Electric Charge, Surfactants, Bubble Nucleation, and …

… 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

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Microstructures are everywhere!

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.

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Chemical energy!

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

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Large scale pattern formation

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

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Materials in Apple Watch

Here’s a fine piece — How Apple Makes the Watch — on the materials (specidfically, gold, stainless steel and aluminum) and processes which go into making several key (but non-electronic) components of Apple watch. It uses publicity videos from Apple … 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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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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