Don Monroe is a freelance science writer in Murray Hill, New Jersey.
Combining experiment and theory, two research teams uncover new connections between the shape and the rigidity of ellipsoidal shells.
Invisible sheetlike structures, which might pervade space and contribute to dark matter or dark energy, could be revealed as they pass by Earth-based detectors.
Dynamical systems that maximize their future possibilities behave in surprisingly “intelligent” ways.
Adding extra material on top of a sheet of silicon could, surprisingly, reduce its ability to transport heat, according to simulations, and this property could benefit future refrigeration or energy-generating devices.
Grain in a silo is supported to some extent by static friction with the walls, which couldn’t happen in a water-filled silo. But a similar granular material can behave more like water.