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Biology meets geometry: Describing geometry of common cellular structure
Architecture imitates life, at least when it comes to those spiral ramps in multistory parking garages. Stacked and connecting parallel levels, the ramps are replications of helical structures found in a ubiquitous membrane structure in the cells of the body.
Phys.org: General Physics News, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

High-intensity sound waves may aid regenerative medicine
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a way to use sound to create cellular scaffolding for tissue engineering, a unique approach that could help overcome one of regenerative medicine's significant obstacles. The researchers will present their technique at the 168th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), held October 27-31, 2014, at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Hotel.
Phys.org: General Physics News, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

World's first photonic pressure sensor outshines traditional mercury standard
For almost 400 years, mercury gauges have prevailed as the most accurate way to measure pressure. Now, within weeks of seeing "first light," a novel pressure-sensing device has surpassed the performance of the best mercury-based techniques in resolution, speed, and range at a fraction of the size. The new instrument, called a fixed-length optical cavity (FLOC), works by detecting subtle changes in the wavelength of light passing through a cavity filled with nitrogen gas.
Phys.org: General Physics News, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

Formula could shed light on global climate change
Wright State University researchers have discovered a formula that accurately predicts the rate at which soil develops from the surface to the underlying rock, a breakthrough that could answer questions about greenhouse gases and has potential applications in agriculture.
Phys.org: General Physics News, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?
Electrons are elementary particles -- indivisible, unbreakable. But new research suggests the electron's quantum state -- the electron wave function -- can be separated into many parts. That has some strange implications for the theory of quantum mechanics.
Physics News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

Postcards from the plasma edge: How lithium conditions the volatile edge of fusion plasmas
For magnetic fusion energy to fuel future power plants, scientists must find ways to control the interactions that take place between the volatile edge of the plasma and the walls that surround it in fusion facilities. Such interactions can profoundly affect conditions at the superhot core of the plasma in ways that include kicking up impurities that cool down the core and halt fusion reactions.
Physics News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

Laser experiments mimic cosmic explosions and planetary cores
Researchers are finding ways to understand some of the mysteries of space without leaving earth. Using high-intensity lasers focused on targets smaller than a pencil's eraser, they conducted experiments to create colliding jets of plasma knotted by plasma filaments and self-generated magnetic fields, reaching pressures a billion times higher than seen on earth.
Physics News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

Plasmons convert light into a voltage
Discovery of "plasmoelectric effect" could lead to new solar cells
physicsworld.com: news, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

Superconductor finally goes with the FFLO
Unusual response to strong magnetic fields seen at long last
physicsworld.com: news, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

Graphene boosts thermal conductivity of popular plastic
Laminate material could find use in electronic and lighting devices
physicsworld.com: news, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

Plasmons convert light into a voltage
Discovery of "plasmoelectric effect" could lead to new solar cells
Physics News, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

Google's next search tool is a pill that spreads through your blood and diagnoses cancer
We usually associate taking medicine with recovering from an illness, but in the future swallowing a pill could be the first step to diagnosing diseases from cancer to heart problems.
Physics News, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:53:40 GMT

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