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Surprising hidden order unites prime numbers and crystal-like materials

September 7, 2018

The researchers found a surprising similarity between the sequence of primes over long stretches of the number line…
Researchers Demonstrate How to Control Liquid Crystal Patterns

November 3, 2017

When Lisa Tran set out to investigate patterns in liquid crystals, she didn’t know what to expect. When she first…
“Field patterns” as a new mathematical object

February 20, 2017

University of Utah mathematicians propose a theoretical framework to understand how waves and other disturbances move through materials…
Researchers build, morph chemical patterns on stretchable surfaces

August 24, 2015

With just a slight stretch of the imagination — and some elastic material — UNL researchers have shown…
Amplifying small motions in large motions

June 17, 2015

For several years now, the research groups of MIT professors of computer science and engineering William Freeman and…
Tough biogel structures produced by 3-D printing

June 2, 2015

Researchers have developed a new way of making tough — but soft and wet — biocompatible materials, called…
New Nano Materials Inspired by Bird Feathers Play with Light to Create Color

May 14, 2015

Inspired by the way iridescent bird feathers play with light, scientists have created thin films of material in…
Boiling down viscous flow

April 23, 2015

Drizzling honey on toast can produce mesmerizing, meandering patterns, as the syrupy fluid ripples and coils in a…
The secret of wrinkling, folding, and creasing

March 10, 2015

The process of wrinkle formation is familiar to anyone who has ever sat in a bathtub a little…
Untangling how cables coil

October 3, 2014

The world’s fiber-optic network spans more than 550,000 miles of undersea cable that transmits e-mail, websites, and other…
Studying communications networks to find the patterns that characterize successful organizations and spot emerging trends

July 14, 2014

“I’ve been working on social networking since before the Web was invented,” says Peter Gloor, a research scientist…
Custom camouflage: New algorithms produce patterns that could hide eyesores in public places

May 21, 2014

If a bulky electrical box has to be placed at the edge of a public park, what’s the…
Atoms and light get together to form cool, complex patterns

March 26, 2014

The physics behind some of nature’s spectacular sights have been observed at very low temperatures – less than…
Molecules form 2-D patterns never before observed: Experiments produce elusive 5-vertex tilings

August 9, 2013

Tessellation patterns that have fascinated mathematicians since Johannes Kepler worked out their systematics 400 years ago – and…
New research discovers snail shell coiling programmed by protein patterning

June 11, 2013

Snail shells coil in response to a lopsided protein gradient across their shell mantles, suggests research in BioMed…
The riddle of eye-like patterns: The mechanisms of spot marking formation on caterpillars

June 5, 2013

Spot markings are often observed on caterpillars of butterflies and moths and used for aposematic coloration, but little…
Breaks in Jupiter’s Clouds are Swirling Hot Spots

March 15, 2013

In the swirling canopy of Jupiter’s atmosphere, cloudless patches are so exceptional that the big ones get the…
Plants and patterning: how shapes are made

March 12, 2013

Plants come in a fabulous array of shapes and sizes – from the tiny moss to the huge…
Research finds new way to identify which El Niño events will have biggest impact on U.S. winter weather

February 8, 2013

Weather forecasters have long known that El Niño events can throw seasonal climate patterns off kilter, particularly during winter months.…
Study Maps Mental Health Medication Use in the U.S.

January 23, 2013

Professor Marissa King mapped the geographic patterns of the use of antidepressants, antipsychotics, and stimulants across the United…
Mine your language: Software decodes company reports

November 3, 2012

The modern world of finances changes rapidly. In most cases the amount of information related to financial situations…
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