Itís not quite the T-1000 pulling itself together after being blown apart, but itís pretty much the same idea. For the first time in history, scientists have observed the self-assembly of nanoparticles in real-time.
Each of the particles seen in the video above measures a scant 12 nanometers across. To put that in perspective, youíd have to divide the thin side of a dime by a thousand, and then take one of those slivers and divide it by a thousand again. Thatís roughly one nanometer.
Thatís mighty, mighty tiny ó so tiny in fact that the researchers at the U.S. Department of Energyís (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory had to use a transmission electron microscope located at the Center for Nanoscale Materials to capture the quick movement of the nanoparticles.
To get the tiny bits to re-assemble, the researchers put the gold nanoparticles into a small liquid pouch and covered it with a positively charged coating. When it was exposed to an intense beam of electrons, an effect was created where ďhydratedĒ electrons attracted the positively charged nanoparticles ó but it was an effect that was gradually reduced over time. Once freed from these forces, the nanoparticles were able to jump around and stick together in long chains.
Feminist blogger uses her vaginal yeast to make sourdough bread 2015-12-01 22:52
It's a tale that might ensure you never look the same way at a humble loaf again.
When a feminist blogger found herself suffering from a vaginal yeast infection, she made the unusual decision to use the unwanted bodily fluid as an ingredient for making bread.
Zoe Stavri, who writes under the title Another Angry Woman, has documented the details of her ...
Apple could be working on virtual reality projector, patents show 2015-12-01 22:40 The company has been granted a patent for an ‚Äėadaptive projector‚Äô, which can project images onto surfaces
Apple could be working on a new augmented reality projector, which would allow it to make computers without even adding a screen.
The company has been granted a patent for an ‚Äúadaptive‚ÄĚ projector, reports Patently Apple. The patents seem to refer to a tool ...
83-year-old Romanian Jewess crowned "Miss Holocaust Survivor" in Israel 2015-12-01 22:23 83-year-old Romanian born Rita Berkowitz wins the one-of-a-kind charity beauty pageant
Romania-born woman who immigrated to Israel won the third annual Miss Holocaust Survivors Beauty Pageant in Haifa.
Rita Berkowitz, 83, was chosen among the 16 European natives who participated in the contest on Tuesday. She came to Israel in 1951.
Hairdressers and makeup artists primped and pampered the contestants before they took ...
North Vancouver schools get first gender-neutral washroom 2015-12-01 21:52
In a first for North Vancouver schools, Seycove secondary has opened a gender-neutral washroom.
The move is a step in the right direction and recognition that not every student feels welcome in the binary male- or female-designated washrooms, according to Brian Wilson, president of Seycove‚Äôs Queer Straight Alliance Club, which lobbied the school administration for the washroom.
High school is already a ...
Newly-Completed Fukushima 'Containment' Wall Already 'Slightly Leaning' 2015-12-01 21:15
Just weeks after re-starting the building of a giant ice-wall to contain groundwater leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant, TEPCO has been forced to admit that a 780-meter protective wall built alongside the crippled power station (completed only last month and designed to prevent contaminated groundwater from seeping into the sea) is already "slightly leaning." While this sounds a lot ...