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Princess and the Pea? Invisibility cloak prevents an object from being felt

Princess and the Pea? Invisibility cloak prevents an object from being felt | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it

In the past years, invisibility cloaks were developed for various senses. Objects can be hidden from light, heat or sound. However, hiding of an object from being touched still remained to be accomplished. KIT scientists have now succeeded in creating a volume in which an object can be hidden from touching similar to a pea under the mattress of a princess. The results are now presented in the renowned Nature Communications journal. (DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5130)

 

Magicians and illusionists make things disappear by means of a skilled use of mental delusions and diversionary tactics. KIT researchers, by contrast, use invisibility cloaks based on the laws of physics. In the past years, various physical invisibility cloaks were developed. Optical invisibility cloaks, for instance, make objects appear invisible, while others appear to let heat or sound pass uninfluenced. A completely new type of invisibility cloak is the mechanical one developed by KIT scientists. It prevents an object from being touched.


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Even setting evolution aside, basic geology disproves creationism

Even setting evolution aside, basic geology disproves creationism | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
In the ongoing conflict between science and creationism, evolution is usually a main point of contention. The idea that all life on Earth evolved from a common ancestor is a major problem for creationists. As a geologist, though, I think that the rocks beneath our feet offer even better arguments against ...
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New exoplanet too big for its stars

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The Australian discovery of a strange exoplanet orbiting a small cool star 500 light years away is challenging ideas about how planets form.
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Mammals Harbor At Least 320,000 Undiscovered Viruses | Viruses101 | Learn Science at Scitable

Mammals Harbor At Least 320,000 Undiscovered Viruses | Viruses101 | Learn Science at Scitable | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
A new study finds that mammals harbor only 320,000 undiscovered viruses. How does this estimate influence prevention efforts against outbreaks?

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"....Think about it, -people mainly take action against a virus once it has become a threat."   Very interesting article on viral-mammalian interactions that we are just now starting to identify

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Mammoth genomes provide recipe for creating Arctic elephants

Mammoth genomes provide recipe for creating Arctic elephants | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Catalogue of genetic differences between woolly mammoths and elephants reveals how ice-age giants braved the cold.

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Revealed: The anti-virus vendor cheating in independent tests

Revealed: The anti-virus vendor cheating in independent tests | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
As one anti-virus vendor is named for cheating in independent detection tests, another is said to be in the spotlight for deliberately manipulating performance tests - and potentially introducing a security risk.
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Functioning synthetic blood vessels become the real thing

Functioning synthetic blood vessels become the real thing | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
When a vein or artery gets seriously blocked, a common course of action involves replacing it with part of another blood vessel harvested from elsewhere in the patient's body. Scientists have now ...
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No more science fiction: 3D holographic images

No more science fiction: 3D holographic images | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Three-dimensional images you can see without special glasses have been created with a clever user of lasers and graphene.

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American Airlines planes grounded by iPad app error - BBC News

American Airlines planes grounded by iPad app error - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
American Airlines delays dozens of flights after an iPad app used by its pilots stops working.
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This Hacker has Implanted a Chip in his Body to Exploit your Android Phone

This Hacker has Implanted a Chip in his Body to Exploit your Android Phone | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Would you implant a chip in your hand to show how easy it is to exploit an Android phone?
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Breast cancer drug may help men with prostate cancer

Breast cancer drug may help men with prostate cancer | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Drug halts tumor growth in a third of men with deadly form of disease
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Melanoma Tumor 'Dissolves' After 1 Dose of New Drug Combo

Melanoma Tumor 'Dissolves' After 1 Dose of New Drug Combo | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
A large melanoma tumor on a woman's chest disappeared so quickly that it left a gaping hole in its place after she received a new treatment containing two melanoma drugs, a new case report finds.

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How to secure your baby monitor

How to secure your baby monitor | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Two more families say they've had baby monitors turned into nursery-room eavesdropping bugs. Here's how to button up your baby's security, camera, Wi-Fi, router and all.
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Scientists discover key driver of human aging | KurzweilAI

Scientists discover key driver of human aging | KurzweilAI | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Salk Institute researchers discovered that a protein mutated in Werner syndrome,  premature aging disorder, plays a key role in stabilizing heterochromatin, a
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Occam's razor redux: A simple mathematical approach to designing mechanical invisibility cloaks

Occam's razor redux: A simple mathematical approach to designing mechanical invisibility cloaks | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Metamaterials – engineered materials with properties not found in nature – have led to an astounding range of optical, acoustic, thermodynamic, two-dimensional solid mechanics, and other types of invisibility cloaks that render the cloaked object indistinguishable from the environment around them ...
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Weather could be controlled using lasers

Weather could be controlled using lasers | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Scientists are attempting to control the weather by using lasers to create clouds, induce rain and even trigger lightning.

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Woman arrested after hijacking PCs, showing hardcore porn to victims

Woman arrested after hijacking PCs, showing hardcore porn to victims | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Some of the victims were kids. She allegedly posted videos showing her startled victims as she talked to them over their speakers.
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Tesla unveils battery storage system for home, business and utility use

Tesla unveils battery storage system for home, business and utility use | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Dubbed the Powerwall, Tesla has unveiled a home stationary battery that offers 10 kWh of storage capacity for the relatively modest price of US$3,500. A smaller unit is also available at 7 kWh for...
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Cloud of quantum particles can have several temperatures at once

Cloud of quantum particles can have several temperatures at once | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Temperature is a very useful physical quantity. It allows us to make a simple statistical statement about the energy of particles swirling around on complicated paths without having to know the specific details of the system. Scientists from the Vienna University of Technology together with colleagues ...

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DARPA's made a SELF-STEERING 50-cal bullet – with video proof

DARPA's made a SELF-STEERING 50-cal bullet – with video proof | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Spray and pray: Magic round turns unskilled bods into precision marksmen
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Barclays, Halifax and Tesco still being gnawed by POODLE

Barclays, Halifax and Tesco still being gnawed by POODLE | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Australia's NAB in strife, too, says researcher
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Audi Has Made Diesel From Water And Carbon Dioxide

Audi Has Made Diesel From Water And Carbon Dioxide | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
It’s the holy grail in energy production: produce a fuel that is both carbon neutral and can be poured directly into our current cars without the need to retrofit. There are scores of companies out there trying to do just that using vegetable oil, algae, and even the microbes found in panda poop to turn bamboo into fuel.

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Cameras reveal the secret lives of Chernobyl's wildlife - BBC News

Cameras reveal the secret lives of Chernobyl's wildlife - BBC News | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Scientists' camera traps offer a snapshot into the secret lives of wildlife inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
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Sophisticated tools may have spelled doom for Neandertals

Sophisticated tools may have spelled doom for Neandertals | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
Ancient teeth reveal the identity of European toolmakers
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World Security Alert: Dutch Students Sneak Potentially Deadly 3D Printed Knives Into Courtroom

World Security Alert:  Dutch Students Sneak Potentially Deadly 3D Printed Knives Into Courtroom | Jeff Morris | Scoop.it
When most people think about the dangers that 3D printing may pose for society in the long run, the first topic that is brought to our attention is the pote

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World Security Alert: Students Sneak Potentially Deadly 3D Printed Knives Into Court - http://3dprint.com/60530/3d-printed-knives-security/