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Pitcher plant biomimicry leads to SLIPS – efficient liquid repelling coating

By Damir Beciri
One Comment22 September 2011

pitcher-plant-nepenthes-monkey-cupInspired by pitcher plant, a group of applied scientists at Harvard University managed to create a material that repels just about any type of liquid, including blood and oil, and does so even while it is exposed to high pressure or freezing temperatures. Since it is carnivorous by nature, the ability to have a virtually… »


Researchers found extraordinary adhesion properties of graphene

By Damir Beciri
23 August 2011

graphene-model-array-1A group of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) discovered that the extreme flexibility of graphene allows it to conform to the shape of the smoothest surfaces. Its powerful adhesion qualities are expected to help guide the development of graphene manufacturing and of graphene-based mechanical devices such as resonators and gas separation membranes…. »


3D plasmon ruler enables the 3D measure of macromolecules

By Damir Beciri
16 June 2011

3d-plasmon-ruler-graphic-1The world’s first three-dimensional plasmon rulers, capable of measuring nanometer-scale spatial changes in macromolecular systems, have been developed by researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with researchers at the University of Stuttgart. The 3D plasmon rulers could br uses to provide scientists with new details on dynamic events in biology… »