Just So Science

Weekend Nanotech – Viruses, Light and Microfluidics

Elf Eldridge Jul 17, 2011

Yes, another virus post so soon – but totally worth it! This paper [1] published in Nature Nanotech is an epic example of coupling between several cutting edge technologies to produce something truly incredible that pushes back the boundaries of what we believe is possible. As awesome as that is, it does mean that the details of the experiment are … Read More

“Just So Science” – Nature Nanotech Knows

Elf Eldridge Jun 30, 2011

There’s been quite a bit of talk recently about the biological implications of quantum effects. For those not familiar with quantum phenomena, they describe a set of bizarre properties molecules and light exhibit at very small length scales or at very low temperatures. Things like quantum tunelling, coherence and entanglement which typically are seldom observed in our normal, human world – which … Read More

“Just So Science” – Chiron’s Secrets

Elf Eldridge Jun 29, 2011

One of the lesser known, yet most spectacular constellations in our southern sky is currently doing the rounds about the south celestial pole for almost the entire evening; the celestial centaur, Chiron a.k.a. Centaurus.  His front two hooves are marked by the two “pointers”, the two bright stars that point to the Southern … Read More

Weekend Nanotech – The Inconvenient Ash

Elf Eldridge Jun 25, 2011

Estimated Ash distribution map from: http://passingparade-2009.blogspot.com/ Most people will be aware by now there is a rather large ash cloud spreading across the Southern Hemisphere from the eruption in Chile. Here in NZ it has been playing havoc with flights across the board- but many people aren’t sure why we’re so worried about ash! So I though I’d take … Read More