Printing the Earth

3D printing is fast becoming one of the most exciting technical advances for geological science. The ability to incorporate this into research and industry could have a vast effect on the future of Earth science. For students, 3D prints of types of fossils or topographic models could support understanding without risking valuable resources. The X3D Project hopes to make The Smithsonian Institution’s irreplaceable collections available to anyone and everyone around the world.
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Forget Keyboard and Mouse, What about Drones?

Chances are that today you’ve scrolled through Facebook on your phone or typed on your laptop. How we interact with computers isn’t something we really consider. However, it seems that the researchers at The Human Media Lab in Canada think a little differently. By using a small fleet of tiny flying drones, the researchers have forged a new way to interact with computers.
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Magic Material

Imagine being able to roll up your touchpad like a paper and, put it in your pocket.

Imagine an aircraft that is lighter than its passengers and fuel, but at the same time, stronger than aircraft today.

Imagine a material that is almost invisible but 200 times stronger than the strongest steel, and unbelievably this material promises to give you wings.

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Introducing the Thinnest Material in the World…

We are currently pushing the boundaries in the world of electronics. Products don’t seem to be able to get much thinner without compromising strength and durability. What if we had a new family of materials which were just one atom thick, whilst retaining their strength? Is this possible?

The short answer is Yes. With the emergence of a new “super material” called graphene, the rule books may just have to be rewritten.  Graphene was first discovered in 2004 by physicists; Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at the University of Manchester, UK, for which the pair won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010. However only now that we understand it in more detail is it beginning to cause a stir.

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Relativistic Physics … and Manga?

How often have you wanted to learn whilst having fun? For some, fun comes in reading manga, a medium capable of tackling anything from bread making (Yakitate! Japan), the arts industry (Bakuman), even existential philosophy (Ghost in the Shell). But what if you could learn physics using manga? That is exactly what this book offers! It has all the charm of traditional manga, but is full of accessible demonstrations of relativity.

After hearing about a series of manga guides to physics, I rushed to the university library to find the ‘Manga Guide to Relativity’, and became hooked from the prologue. The book opens at the end of the school year, with the students going over their plans for the summer and a closing speech by the headteacher. Continue reading “Relativistic Physics … and Manga?”