My picks, 2016-7

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. Fluorescence Is Awesome (Here Is How It Works)
  2. Water generates electricity (with a pinch of salt!)
  3. Improving Computer Memory Using Spintronics
  4. Breaking Glass with Sound in Slow Motion
  5. Wireless Electricity

Fluorescence Is Awesome (Here Is How It Works)

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How To Grow Fluorescent Flowers (Chemistry Life Hacks)

Have you ever wondered about what makes a fluorescent color stand out so brightly from the rest? Today we’re digging into what makes them pop, and we’re going highlight some of the brilliant applications of fluorescence coming out of nanotechnology.


Water generates electricity (with a pinch of salt!)

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

EPFL researchers have developed a system that generates electricity from osmosis with unparalleled efficiency. Their work, featured in “Nature”, uses seawater, fresh water, and a new type of membrane just three atoms thick.


Improving Computer Memory Using Spintronics

College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Research Professor Vincent Sokalski explains his work on two-dimensional magnetic bubbles called skyrmions and their role in the search for new materials to improve the energy efficiency, speed, and reliability of computer memory and processors.


Breaking Glass with Sound in Slow Motion

Brit Lab

Dara O Briain and his crack team take a weird and wonderful look at the science behind music. Test your hearing as Mark Miodownik increases the Hertz, then be amazed by the old opera singer’s trick of breaking a wine glass with sound!


Wireless Electricity

Brit Lab, Part 1
Part 2

Jem explores the possibility of electricity without wires; experiencing the magic of wireless lighting via a Tesla coil. But what about something more practical? Jem explains how new inventions like wireless mobile charging works.

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