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nanoparticles assemble in the dark

Self-assembling nanoparticles take their cues from their surroundings

Scanning electron microscope image of a sea urchin spine undergoing repair after breakage.


Scientists look to biology to learn how living organisms create the amazing variety of forms and substances...

Smart Ceramics

Under certain conditions, a "smart" ceramic material behaves more like rubber

Brittlestars Use Crystal Lenses To Spot Approaching Predator
Brittlestars of the species Ophiocoma wendtii form crystal lenses in their skeletons that allow them to spot...