Most spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope

One of the most impressive books of 2008 in the science field is Hubble: Imaging Space and Time. This book shows the reader more than 200 of the most spectacular images in full color format from the Hubble Space Telescope taken during its lifetime. A breathtaking journey to the solar system’s workings: the expansion of the universe, the birth and death of stars, the formation of planetary nebulae, the dynamics of galaxies, and the mysterious force known as "dark energy."

A look to stunning Carina Nebula, being an eyewitness to star birth in many photos, a jet from a black hole in one galaxy striking a neighboring galaxy; a jewel-like collection of galaxies from the early years of the universe taken from the farthermost; and a giant galaxy cruelly swallowing a smaller galaxy.

One of the best space photo books of Amazon in 2008.

Hubble: Imaging Space and Time

Strange Fact Video - Worm Charming

I noticed this interesting experiment video while stumbling upon youtube and was shocked to see such a clever method. First of all, what are exactly these mysterious words? Worm Charming: Worm charming, worm grunting, and worm fiddling are methods of attracting earthworms from the ground. In 2008 researchers from Vanderbilt university proved that the worms surface because the noise is similar to a hungry mole.

This video shows how worm charming works replicating the mole sound. I learned that there is also a "World Worm Charming Championship" started in 1980 and is now an annual event in a sport form. The current world record, as listed by Guinness World Records, was established at that first event with teenager Tom Shufflebotham collecting 511 worms in 30 minutes.

Life is really strange.

Amazing! How to synchronize 5 metronomes?

Synchronisation of 5 coupled metronomes done in Lancaster University, Physics Dep, Nonlinear dynamics and medical physics group. Watch the video carefully and try to understand the science behind it.

And the explanation. Here you go: metronomes (or "pendula") when on table, oscillate with random phases, since that is how they started and they are "uncoupled" (no energy/information flows from one to other so they do not "know" each other.) When they are all together on the cans, notice that the cans themselves oscillate little, providing coupling/information crossover. which forces "synchronization" in periodic systems (discovered by Huygens in 17th century).

You can watch other cool science videos here.

Nano-Technology For Gadget Protection

Latest developments in nano-technology introduces us with new amazing products. One of the most popular of such products for this year is ZAGG's invisibleSHIELD. It is an ultra-tough, transparent patented film which is designed to precisely match the contours of every device, providing unbeatable scratch protection.

Actually, its story extends to military purposes. The military grade invisibleSHIELD film was originally developed for the U.S. Military to protect helicopter blades from dust, dirt and debris.

This is exceptionally clear and virtually indestructible product, you can show off your gadget and use it without fear of scratching.

Obviously, the best part is that the ultra-thin film is only 0.2 mm thick and will not add bulk to your device.

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12 Principle Brain Rules for the Optimum Benefits

This is among the most engaging books on the topic of brain science and learning.

In Brain Rules, molecular biologist Dr. John Medina shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work. In each chapter, he describes a brain rule--what scientists know for sure about how our brains work--and then offers transformation ideas for our daily lives.

Medina's fascinating stories and sense of humor breathe life into brain science. You'll learn why Michael Jordan was no good at baseball. You'll peer over a surgeon's shoulder as he finds, to his surprise, that we have a Jennifer Aniston neuron. You'll meet a boy who has an amazing memory for music but can't tie his own shoes.

The Coldest Place in the Universe !

The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) is entering the final stages of being lowered to a temperature of 1.9 Kelvin (-271C; -456F) - colder than deep space.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a particle accelerator complex intended to collide opposing beams of 7 TeV protons built by CERN. Its main purpose is to explore the validity and limitations of the standard model, the current theoretical picture for particle physics. This model is known to break down at a certain high energy level.

The LHC has thousands of magnets which will be maintained in this frigid condition using liquid helium. The magnets are arranged in a ring that runs for 27km through the giant tunnel.

Once the LHC is operational, two particle beams - usually consisting of protons accelerated to high energies - will be fired down pipes running through the magnets.

These beams will then travel in opposite directions around the main ring at close to the speed of light.

At allotted points along the tunnel, the beams will cross paths, smashing into one another with cataclysmic force. Scientists hope to see new particles in the debris of these collisions, revealing fundamental new insights into the nature of the cosmos and how it came into being.

The most powerful physics experiment ever built, the LHC will re-create the conditions just after the Big Bang.

Concerns have been raised regarding the safety of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on the grounds that high-energy particle collisions performed in the LHC might produce dangerous phenomena, including micro black holes, strangelets, vacuum bubbles and magnetic monopoles.

In response to these concerns, the LHC Safety Study Group, a group of independent scientists, performed a safety analysis of the LHC and concluded in a report published in 2003 that there is "no basis for any conceivable threat".

In 2008, drawing from new experimental data and theoretical understanding, the LHC Safety Assessment Group (LSAG) published a report updating the 2003 safety review, in which they reaffirmed and extended its conclusions that LHC particle collisions present no danger.

Going crazy about DNA

Genetic instructions that makes us unique or from another approach, cruelly just a clone from similar patterns. I have compiled the most interesting news and articles about DNA for this year. Let's start to discover!

5 Things You Didn't Know about DNA :

1- The human genome was almost commercialized
2- DNA testing is used to authenticate foods like caviar
3- Full genome DNA testing can be had for as little as $1,000
4- The first-ever DNA evidence cleared a murder suspect almost 20 years ago
5- DNA says Genghis Khan was a prolific lover

First DNA Molecule Made Almost Entirely Of Artificial Parts

A team in Japan has created the world's first DNA strand made from artificial bases. The discovery could be used in the fields of gene therapy and other futuristic high-tech advances, such as nano-sized computers

Genetic structure of the cacao tree
The chocolate company Mars has announced that it is to decode the genetic structure of the cacao tree.

Oldest human DNA recovered: Dating to 14,300 years ago
DNA from dried human excrement recovered from Oregon's Paisley Caves is the oldest found yet in the New World -- dating to 14,300 years ago, some 1,200 years before Clovis culture -- and provides apparent genetic ties to Siberia or Asia, according to an international team of 13 scientists.

DNA leads police to salami-loving thief
German authorities were able to pin a burglary committed in April on a suspected serial thief after he left a half-eaten slice of salami carrying a sliver of his DNA at a crime scene

Experts Fear New DNA Tests May Become Fuel for Racists

Nonscientists are already beginning to stitch together highly speculative conclusions about the historically charged subject of race and intelligence from the new biological data.

I hope you enjoyed my quick the most interesting DNA news compilation.

And a perfect documentary DVD about the secrets of DNA as a bonus to the topic.

Ghost in Your Genes

Identical twins share the same genes and are often startlingly alike. Why, then, should they often meet such different fates one twin developing a serious disease like cancer while the other remains unscathed? In a compelling scientific detective story, The Ghost in Your Genes explores the provocative idea that there may be more to inheritance than genes alone. New clues reveal that a second epigenetic chemical code sits on top of our regular DNA and controls how our genes are expressed, turning them on or off with dramatic consequences for our health.

This revolutionary finding has vital implications not only for treating disease but for how we take care of ourselves. While we inherit the epigenome much as we do DNA, it appears to respond far more to our environment and lifestyles. So our stress levels and what we eat, drink, and breathe may leave an enduring imprint, not just on our own bodies but on the generations to come. In a tour-de-force of scientific sleuthing, NOVA reveals the discoveries that have overturned the old story of inheritance and have profound relevance for how we choose to lead our lives.

Excellent Albert Einstein Videos

The father of theory of relativity and specifically mass-energy equivalence, E = mc2. Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect." Here, you will find very interesting and educative Albert Einstein videos.

The voice of Albert Einstein. He explains the equivalence of energy and matter in this video.

The life of Albert Einstein - part 1

The life of Albert Einstein - part 2

The life of Albert Einstein - part 3

The life of Albert Einstein - part 4

The life of Albert Einstein - part 5

Mind Opening Carl Sagan Science Videos

"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. " - Carl Sagan

Although his Cosmos series is nearly 20 years old, it remains as relevant today as it did in the early 1980s. Here are some excellent video excerpts from the series.

One Thousand Years of Darkness : Sagan discusses the destruction of the Library of Alexandria and why the momentous discoveries of the ancient world were unable to prevent the dark ages from virtually banishing scientific thought for a millennium. A sobering statement on what ignorance, apathy and fanaticism can do if left unchallenged.

4th Dimension Explanation : from world famous astronomer and astrophysicist legendary Carl Sagan

Drake Equation :

Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence :

A New Vision : Two-Timing Universe

For nearly a century, physicists have tried to reconcile Einstein’s vision of the universe (including three dimensions of space and one of time) with the bizarre realm of quantum physics, rife with such oddities as instant communication at a distance and being in two places at once. The effort to unify the views has resulted in a stream of elaborate hypotheses positing worlds with multiple dimensions of space, most notably string theory and its successor, M-theory.

Itzhak Bars, a theoretical physicist at the University of Southern California, thinks these hypotheses are missing a crucial ingredient: an extra dimension of time. By adding a second dimension of time and a fourth dimension of space to Einstein’s standard space-time, Bars has come up with a new model providing “additional information that remained hidden in previous formulations” of physics, including current versions of M-theory. Such a model could better explain “how nature works,” he says.

Physicists had never added a second dimension of time to their models because it opens the possibility of traveling back in time and introduces negative probabilities and other scenarios that seem nonsensical. In his equations Bars has solved these problems with a new symmetry that treats an object’s position and its momentum as interchangeable at any given instant.

Does this mean we could actually experience a second dimension of time? “Yes,” Bars says, “but only indirectly,” by thinking of the world around us as many shadows that look different depending on the perspective of the light source. “The predicted relations among the different shadows contain most of the information about the extra dimensions,” he explains. Next, Bars and his team are developing tests for two-time physics and investigating how to apply the theory to all the natural forces, including gravity. Adding two-time physics to M-theory, he says, should help us close in on “the fundamental theory that so far has eluded all of us.”

Source : Discovery Magazine

Absolute Hot versus Absolute Cold

As you know, physics is consists of constants which amazes us. Surely, you have heard about the Absolute Zero where you can't go more colder than -273,15C or -459F or 0 Kelvin. Scientists achieved to reach the coldest temperature in lab environment which is -273,149999999. So it seems that there is no way under. But what about the Absolute Hot, maximum possible temperature? The answer is both yes, no or maybe? Standard theory accepts the Planck Temperature (100 million million million million million degrees, or 1032 Kelvin) which occurred 10-43 seconds after the Big Bang got under way. At that instant, known as one Planck time, the entire universe is thought to have been the Planck length, or 10-35 meters. You can read more about this very important subject here. There is also a very interesting animation which scales the known temperature ranges. Check it here too.

Imagine: Playing with Dimensions Video

Width, Length and Height. Do you think that it is what all we have in a 3D world. How about further dimensions? How to visualize them up to tenth dimension!? An interesting science video which can hint you another undiscovered area of thinking. Here is the video

World's Largest Squid (to be cut for scientific research)

Almost one year ago, fishermen off the coast of Antarctica accidentally caught the squid in a net while catching a Patagonian toothfish, The squid was busy at eating a hooked toothfish when it was hauled from the deep.

Here is the photo of this 1,089-pound giant colossal squid, known as the world's largest. It is currently in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa and you can watch the dissection of this long Colossal Squid live between 28 – 30 April.

It will be released also the footage of thaw process by Discovery Channel in late 2008.

Mother's eating habits can influence the sex of her baby

In England, a group of scientists from Oxford and Exeter universities made a survey on 740 women, who had become pregnant for the first time, learning their eating habits in the year before they conceived. The results are really impressive and evident. The style of diet, namely high-calorie or restricted directly affects the gender of baby. They found that 56% of women in the high calorie group gave birth to boys, compared with 45% in the lower calorie group. None of the women was obese or aware of the gender of her baby throughout her pregnancy.

Fiona Mathews, the specialist in mammalian biology at Exeter University who manages the research said : "We were able to confirm the old legend that eating bananas and so having a high potassium intake was associated with having a boy, as was a high sodium intake. But the old tale about drinking a lot of milk to have a girl doesn't seem to be true. In fact, more calcium meant they were again more likely to have a boy.

Professor Stuart West, of Edinburgh University, said women should be extremely cautious about using diet to influence the sex of their offspring because it can result in several health implications.

Via : Guardian

Book Gifts for Science and Technology Fans

If you are looking for a science and technology related nice gift for your friends, loved ones, I suggest the following books. Actually they are the most gifted sci-tech books of Amazon

Garmin nüvi 660 : Best Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator

It is no wonder that Garmin nüvi 660 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator is the best seller electronics item in Amazon website. The NUVI 660 has it all! The price that Amazon offers is incredible for such a full featured GPS unit. Turn by Turn, says street names to make navigating easier, different voices and customizable vehicle icons make it fun too. I love the MP3 player and the ability to play it on my radio system. I use the bluetooth phone everyday, works great. The only issue I can find is the mounting kit is only OK. We can't mount it on windows in CA and the adhesive wasn't strong enough to hold it. Other than that, great system, well worth the extra money for the MP3 and Bluetooth if you are wondering. .. You simply can't go wrong with this product. Outstanding system at excellent price in Amazon.

Teach Science to Your Children with Fun

I will introduce you a great Science Experiments Book for kids which will give both children and parents busy but also very funny moments. In this book, it is illustrated how to use regular household items to do entertaining science experiments.

Some questions answered are :

Is it possible to blow up a balloon without actually blowing into it?
What is inside coins?
Can a magnet ever be "turned off"?
Do toilets always flush in the same direction?
Can a swimming pool be cleaned with just the breath of one person?

Well, I admit that being a 34 years old science fan, even I don't know the most answers.

The World's Most Poisonous Deadly Animals

The above image shows the most venomous and poisonous animals in the world. Some of them can look innocent but has the power of instant death for people and other animals. I have compiled some information for each deadly monster.

Box Jellyfish

It lives in the oceans of Asia and Australia. Swimmers must definitely avoid the Box jellyfish. The stingers and tentacles on this animal are extremely powerful. Along with causing excruciating pain for weeks, the animal's venom is capable of stopping the heart or paralyzing the lungs. To top it off, the venom will slowly eat away at the skin.

Marbled Cone Snail

The venom of this tiny snail leads to paralysis almost immediately. Humans that have experienced a bite are succumbed by weakness, numbness, nausea and death, when the lungs ultimately stop working.

Blue Ringed Octopus

The painless bite from a Blue Ringed Octopus may seem innocuous, however the deadly neurotoxins in the animals saliva immediately begin working. Within a few minutes, a human will experience muscular weakness, numbness, followed by a cessation and breathing and ultimately death

Death Stalker Scorpion

The venom of the scorpion causes an intense and unbearable pain, then fever, followed by coma, convulsions, paralysis and death. Living area is North Africa and Middle East.


Highly camouflaged fish living in the waters of the Pacific throughout the Australia coast.
If contact comes with humans, the venom will cause intense pain, swelling of tissue, shock followed by death.

Sydney Funnel Web Spider
One of the most venomous creatures in the Australia outback, the Sydney Funnel Web Spider packs a powerful punch. This spider is large and very aggressive, consistently creating the most powerful venom of any spider. Protecting its burrow, the spider places a web across its entrance that passers by should not enter. From its fangs, the spider delivers a powerful neurotoxin that cause extreme pain and are capable of killing a person within 15 minutes. It's venom does not affect most mammals but has a very powerful effect on humans.

Poison Dart Frog

While running through the rain forests of Central or South America, do not pick up the Poison dart frog. The frog's skin contains a toxic chemical that sickens or kills any animal that touches or eats it. Two micrograms of this deadly toxin (enough to fit on the head of a pin) will easily kill a human being or other large mammal.

I hoped you liked this venomous animals compilation.

If you stop smoking Right Now?

In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal.
  • In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.
  • In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
  • In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.
  • In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks.
  • In three to nine months coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.
  • In 1 year your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.
  • In 5 years your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.
  • In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
  • In 15 years your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.

    Give your body the attention and health it deserves now!

    Related Article : Shocking Smoking Experiment

Sunrise : Nature's Alarm Clock

Discovery Channel store continues to bring us the beauty of our planet which we have never seen before.

Their latest series called as Sunrise Earth HD DVD Set is now for $35 off at $24.95 plus FREE shipping !

12 complete episodes totalling at 11 hours and 55 minutes on 4 discs.

That's a great way to start a day with relaxation and admiration to the beautiful earth. Bravo Discovery Channel!

Say Welcome to 'No Tears' Onions

Scientists in New Zealand and Japan have created a "No more tears" onion using biotechnology to cut the gene from action behind the enzyme that makes us cry. The discovery could signal an end to one of cooking's eternal puzzles: why does cutting up a simple onion sting the eyes and trigger teardrops? Soon, it is possible that we will see the first no tears onion prototypes in markets.

Read More Here

Best Science Books and DVDs at Amazon

Here are my selected all time favorite science books and dvds. I hope you will like too. Enjoy !

Planet Earth : The Greatest Nature Wildlife Series

This incredible 11-part Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series features the most astonishing sights and sounds you'll ever experience from the comforts of your home. All episodes are 50 minutes and you will want to finish all without any break. This is undoubtedly one of the best documentary films about the nature and wildlife habitat (mountains, caves, deserts, shallow seas, seasonal forests, etc.) until the entire planet has been magnificently represented. A favorite item for both children and the parents.

You can buy at Amazon at the lowest prices. The series are sold in 3 formats, 5 DVD Discs Set, Blu-ray and HD DVD for the maximum pleasure.

Discovery Channel Store also sells the legendary Planet Earth BBC Series with discount.
Planet Earth DVD Set Price Drop

The Strange Dotted Dunes of Mars

What causes the black dots on dunes on Mars? Here is the explanation of this great Mars photo. As spring dawned on the Northern Hemisphere of Mars in 2004, dunes of sand near the poles begin to defrost. Thinner regions of ice thaw first revealing sand whose darkness soaks in sunlight and accelerates the thaw. The thaw process may involve sandy jets exploding through the thinning ice. By summer, the spots expanded to encompass the entire dunes that were then completely thawed and dark. The carbon dioxide and water ice actually sublime in the thin atmosphere directly to gas. Taken in July, the above image shows a field of spotted polar dunes spanning about 3 kilometers near the Martian North Pole.

Interesting Phenomenon: Sine-Wave Speech

This is a interesting perceptual phenomenon which will mess with your head a little bit.

Sine wave speech is artificially degraded speech that sounds like just beeps and whistles until you have been primed to hear it as speech.

Try it here, you will be amazed!

Twining motion of vines

This movie shows the extreme nutational movements of morning glory vines. Climbing vines need to find a suitable support on which to grow. Shortly after germinating, the young plant begins what appears to be a hunting motion in which the shoot tip rotates in a nutational movement. This swinging around of the tip is thought to help the plant bump into a support. If the shoot rubs against a support with the right shape, the rubbing induces a thigmotropic response (tropism induced by touch) and the shoot begins to curl around the support. This movie shows three morning glory plants at the stage where they have just begun "looking" for a support to climb. Vines typically show the most extreme nutational movements. The images were captured at 10 min intervals.

Deadly infections increasingly able to win against antibiotics

These organisms are very small, but they are still smarter than we are.

Since commercial production of penicillin began in the 1940s, antibiotics have been the miracle drugs of modern medicine, suppressing infectious diseases that have afflicted human beings for thousands of years. But today, as a generation of Baby Boomers begins to enter a phase of life marked by the ailments of aging, we are running out of miracles against bacteria.

"Within just a few years, we could be seeing that most of our microorganisms are resistant to most of our antibiotics," said Dr. Jack Edwards, chief of infectious diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Terry Hazen, senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and director of its ecology program, is not at all surprised by the tenacity of our bacterial foes. "We are talking about 3.5 billion years of evolution," he said. "They are the dominant life on Earth."

Bacteria have invaded virtually every ecological niche on the planet. Human explorers of extreme environments such as deep wells and mines are still finding new bacterial species. "As you go deeper into the subsurface, thousands and thousands of feet, you find bacteria that have been isolated for millions of years - and you find multiple antibiotic resistance," Hazen said.

In his view, when bacteria develop resistance to modern antibiotics, they are merely rolling out old tricks they mastered eons ago in their struggle to live in harsh environments in competition with similarly resilient species.


Nanotubes for treating brain tumors

Dance of SuperNova Explosions

Newly released optical images of DEM L316 made with GMOS on Gemini South. These images were obtained as part of the Gemini Legacy Imaging Survey which is led by: P. Michaud, S. Fisher, and R. Carrasco from Gemini and T. Rector from the Univ. of Alaska at Anchorage

Stunning Views of Multiple Universes

For those who didn't see yet, I suggest visiting an incredible page which gives a stunning visual effect of universes one within the other beginning with the quarks to a view of Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. After viewing Milky Way at the end, maybe you will think that all this universe we have known is just an atom in another one. Why not?

Alert For Everest : Crowded, littered and dangerous

The call of Everest is an irresistible pull for hundreds of climbers every year despite the odds - one in 10 never comes back.

Named by the British after Sir George Everest, the former British surveyor general, the 29,029ft mountain is the highest on Earth, and a major tourist attraction in Nepal.

Climbers aged between 15 and 71 have scaled its summit in the years since Edmund Hillary's 1953 triumph.

But it is not quite the virgin territory it was then. Recent visitors have described the mountain as a polluted rubbish dump.

According to the Kathmandu Post: "The trail leading to the summit remains littered with more than 200 tonnes of garbage."

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Saturn's moon Epimetheus : Close Image by Cassini

The Cassini spacecraft's very close flyby of Epimetheus in December 2007 returned great images of the moon's south polar region.

The view shows what might be the remains of a large impact crater covering most of this face, and which could be responsible for the somewhat flattened shape of the southern part of Epimetheus (116 kilometers, or 72 miles across) seen previously at much lower resolution.

The image also shows two terrain types: darker, smoother areas, and brighter, slightly more yellowish, fractured terrain. One interpretation of this image is that the darker material evidently moves down slopes, and probably has a lower ice content than the brighter material, which appears more like "bedrock." Nonetheless, materials in both terrains are likely to be rich in water ice.

One More Step to The Final Solution of Cancer Spreads

British scientists have solved one of the secrets behind how cancer invades the body.

The breakthrough, carried out at Manchester University, could help pave the way for a generation of drugs that would halt up to 90 per cent of cancers in their tracks.

Such drugs could be particularly effective against breast and lung tumors - two of the biggest killers.

More than 150,000 Britons a year are killed by cancer, and breast and lung tumors account for almost a third of those deaths.

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NASA Mars Images Have a Strange "Doorway" Structure

There is a strange door-like structure at the base of the mountain formation from a NASA image of Mars that is causing a stir. The first person to notice it wasn’t a NASA scientist, however, but rather a Russian reader of the portal R&D.Cnews, Alexander Novgorodov. Taking a closer look at an image taken by the spacecraft Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, he noticed an unusual morphology, which looks strikingly like a manmade doorway.

Read and see more images here

Stunning Nanotechnology Images

The 2007 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting concluded in Boston on November 30. The images was taken from Science as Art competition that was held at MRS.

Nano-Explosions Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of an overflowed electrodeposited magnetic nanowire array (CoFeB), where the template has been subsequently completely etched. It’s a reminder that nanoscale research can have unpredicted consequences at a high level.

Dirty Dice Self-assembled 200 micron size nickel dice, imaged using scanning electron microscopy in the lower secondary electron (LEI) mode. The dice were colorized using Adobe Photoshop.

Bamboos for Vibration Control Ni-Mn-Ga melt-extracted fibers with an approximate diameter of 100 µm showing a bamboo-type structure

Beauty of Nature SEM image of CuInSe2 film with Cu2Se (plates) and InSe (needles) crystals on the surface.

Layered steps in Lanthanum Cobaltite The picture shows a colored image of the layered steps formed inside closed pores of La0.8Ca0.2CoO3, which were revealed due to fracture of the material.
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