A flower petal, a heart and a caterpillar are all feats of self-engineering, morphing and deforming their soft tissues into a specific shape without the help of any scaffold or control framework. Their cells swell and stretch during the growth process, and the rest of the structure changes shape accordingly.
A new type of sensor can identify substances as small as a molecule by examining the light they reflect, potentially leading to sensors for a wide range of substances, from explosives to cancer.
The DARPA-funded sensor uses a chip full of metal pillars to boost the light signals bouncing off an object. It’s a billion times more sensitive than was previously possible, according to researchers at Princeton University.
Groggy fruit flies could lead to the perfect sleeping pill for time-zone hoppers
By Gregory MonePosted 10.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Geneticist Amita Sehgal of the University of Pennsylvania was recently studying fruit flies in her lab when she noticed something peculiar. The insects slept normally when bathed in light for 24 hours a day but tossed and turned when shifted from one day/night cycle, or â€time zone,â€ to another. It turns out they were suffering from something akin to serious jet lag.