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The World's Tiniest Light-Powered Engines Could Revolutionise Medicine

Nanomachines could revolutionise technology and modern medicine, if only we had viable power sources to make them move where we wanted them to go. Now scientists at the University of Cambridge have built the world’s tiniest engines, powered by light, as described in a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Report: A Weasel Shut Down The Large Hadron Collider

A tiny mammal has reportedly brought the world’s largest scientific experiment to a halt. The Large Hadron Collider suffered a power outage last night, after a luckless weasel decided to chew on a 66-kilovolt power cable.


Bacteria Evade White Blood Cells Like Antelope Evade Hungry Tigers

Mathematically speaking, the way a tiger charges a herd of antelope resembles a white blood cell attacking a colony of bacteria. That’s the conclusion of a new paper by an international team of physicists, just published in Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical.


The World's Smallest Thermometer Is Made Of DNA

Need to take a temperature in a hard-to-reach spot? Researchers have created the world’s smallest thermometer from DNA, and it could be used to measure temperature even within living cells.


The Physics Of Peacock Tail Feathers Is Even More Dazzling Than We Realised 

Male peacocks shake their brilliantly-hued, long tail feathers to attract females in a courtship display known as “train-rattling”. But scientists had never closely examined the biomechanics behind this behaviour — until now. A new paper in PLOS One concludes that the frequency at which those feathers vibrate can enhance this iridescent display — even as the eyespots remain almost perfectly still.


This Futuristic Ion Thruster Will Take A Mission To Mercury

The very name of the T6 ion thruster sounds like something from sci-fi. But it’s very real, and this little engine will be one of four that take the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo spacecraft to Mercury.


Wikipedia Is Basically A Corporate Bureaucracy, According To A New Study

Wikipedia is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the noble goal of decentralised knowledge creation. But as the community has evolved over time, it has wandered further and further from its early egalitarian ideals, according to a new paper published in the journal Future Internet. In fact, such systems usually end up looking a lot like 20th century bureaucracies.


CERN Just Dropped 300 Terabytes of Raw Collider Data To The Internet

Last week, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) dropped a staggering amount of raw data from the Large Hadron Collider on the internet for anyone to use: 300 terabytes worth.


Pluto Isn't The Only Thing New Horizons Is Studying

New Horizons has been sending back some incredible information about Pluto, but the Dwarf planet isn’t the only thing it’s been studying. NASA recently noted that the spacecraft’s vantage point is ideal for studying solar wind and it’s been doing just that.


Nanotubes Self-Assemble Into Wires With A Blast From A Tesla Coil

From chaos, some order and energy — at least if you’re a bunch of carbon nanotubes being blasted by a Tesla coil.


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