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Everything is Connected

There are times in our lives when it’s easy to forget how connected everything is. Times when life gets a little too tough and stressful and we end up paying more attention to our own well being in a way that disregards the cost and the consequences to the world out there; the people, the environment and everything else that’s a part of it. We find ourselves being selfish – not because we want to be but because circumstances force us to be.

That’s how the world got into the state that it’s in now. Here’s a neat 20 minute video that explains it all.

On this website I’ll be exploring and adding videos and articles that help to expand and explain the rich and diverse complexity of the world we live in – complex but not complicated.

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A layer of ‘aerogel’ could make Mars habitable and even enable life to develop there – but here’s why we should wait

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It’s never too cold for quantum

The peculiar characteristics demonstrated by ‘quantum critical points’ at absolute zero remain one of the great unsolved mysteries of science. […] Read More

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Foldable like an accordion: Bending individual nanostructures

After bending, the tetrapods automatically retain its original shape, without suffering any damage. […] Read More

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Nanomanufacturing approach to rapidly optimize and fabricate quasi-random photonic nanostructures

Quasi-periodic and random patterns in nature can exhibit extraordinary functions, such as iridescent color in bird wings, strong adhesion in gecko feet, and water repellency from lotus leaves. However, nature-inspired 3D nanostructures can be prohibitively expensive to make using modern nanoscale manufacturing processes. In new work, researchers a design approach integrated with scalable nanomanufacturing that can rapidly optimize and fabricate quasi-random photonic nanostructures. […] Read More

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Nanogaps improve optical sensor

New optical device could help detect drugs, bomb-making chemicals and more. […] Read More

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Extracting hydrogen from water cheaply and efficiently

Researchers discovered a new class of cheap and efficient catalyst to facilitate the water splitting process. […] Read More

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Carbon nanotubes form first known tunable room-temperature quantum emitters at telecom wavelengths

Single-photon emitter has promise for quantum info-processing. […] Read More

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A semiconductor that can beat the heat

A newly discovered collective rattling effect in a type of crystalline semiconductor blocks most heat transfer while preserving high electrical conductivity. […] Read More

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New nanocluster MRI contrast agent tested on big animals

Experiments in dogs, rabbits and monkeys show the efficacy and biocompatibility of a new MRI/MRA contrast agent in detecting stroke. […] Read More

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Bubbles help new catalysts self-optimize

Scientists have predicted and created new two-dimensional electrocatalysts to extract hydrogen from water with high performance and low cost. […] Read More

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Energy storage solution combines polymers and nanosheets

A new, lightweight composite material for energy storage in flexible electronics, electric vehicles and aerospace applications has been experimentally shown to store energy at operating temperatures well above current commercial polymers. […] Read More

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Scientists watch artificial atoms assemble into perfect lattices with many uses

A serendipitous discovery lets researchers spy on this self-assembly process for the first time. What they learn will help them fine-tune precision materials for electronics, catalysis and more. […] Read More

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New research could make dew droplets so small, they’re invisible

By better understanding the behavior of water in its smallest form, researchers could be improving the efficiency of removing condensation in a major way. […] Read More

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One-nanometer trimetallic alloy particles created

A research group succeeded in developing precisely controlled alloy nanoparticles ‘multimetallic nanoclusters (MNCs)’ made of three metals: copper, platinum, and gold. They also discovered that MNCs show catalytic activity that is 24 times greater than commercially available carbon-supported platinum catalysts in the oxidization of hydrocarbons using oxygen in the air. […] Read More

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