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Posts From Robyn Shaffer

Bulk Metallic Glasses: Constructing the Future

Bulk Metallic Glasses: Constructing the Future

Professor Jan Schroers is developing ways to manufacture complex objects out of new metallic alloys known as bulk metallic glasses, which combine the elasticity of glass with the flexibility of metal and can be shaped and joined precisely, potentially giving them a wide variety of uses.

Inception: Is it really just a dream?

Inception: Is it really just a dream?

Since its release in July 2010, Inception gave cinematic portrayal to a world which we could only dream of—a world in which our dreams can be invaded, manipulated, and even controlled. Leonardo DiCaprio plays an “extractor,” a professional thief who

Using Poisonous Spider Toxins as Pain Medication

Using Poisonous Spider Toxins as Pain Medication

With over forty different species and hundreds of toxins in their venom, funnel spiders can cause serious medical injury or death to victims who are not treated with the effective antivenom. Would you want these spiders’ toxins anywhere near your skin? Learn more about how Professor Nitabach and Dr. Gui have studied genetic sequences of such spider toxins and their possible applications as pain medication!

How can you cut a diamond?

How can you cut a diamond?

Before that development of polishing techniques in the Middle Ages, diamonds were used only in their natural octahedral state due to difficulty in cutting. So why are diamonds so hard to cut?