Through the looking glass

800px-Chirality_with_handsHave you ever stopped to think about parallel universes? Let’s suspend reality for a bit. You look into your mirror. “Who’s the fairest of them all?” (Oh wait, wrong fairy tale!) As you lift your right hand, your reflection lifts its left. But right-handed you goes about your life, whereas left-handed you only exists through the looking glass. It turns out that nature is the same – and scientists are starting to come up with ways to access the world through the looking glass. Continue reading

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Time to get a second skin?

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Photo: Melanie Gonick/MIT

So we’ve all heard about “having a thick skin” in the context of criticism, but what about a second skin? Scientists at MIT have recently engineered a silicon-based second skin with the aim of restoring biomechanical integrity in aging skin. In plain English – less wrinkles. Sorry beauty infomercials; this one really does work in just a couple of hours! It also offers some other exciting possibilities. Continue reading

Plastic-eating bacteria

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By Vberger (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

So my first actual science post – pressure, pressure! Well, actually, I’m not all that big into Physics, so maybe we’ll skip the pressure topic for now, and talk about the environment instead… Global warming and all that. And more interestingly for me – bacteria that eat plastic! Continue reading