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Secrets of spider web design

By Damir Beciri
One Comment11 February 2012

spider-webWhile many research groups investigate toughness of spider silk by investigating the material itself, researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Politecnico di Torino in Italy combined experimental observations of spider webs with complex computer simulations to discover that web durability relies on the overall web design which compensates for potential stress of… »


Yale engineers developed a magnetic fluid pump with no moving parts

By Damir Beciri
One Comment17 September 2011

yale-ferrofluid-pumpA group of researchers from Yale University and colleagues from the University of Georgia and Massachusetts Institute of Technology demonstrated a novel approach that allows ferrofluids to be pumped by magnetic fields alone. The approach could allow this material to be used in new generation of highly compact, integrated, quiet, and efficient liquid cooling schemes… »