Monthly Archives: February 2009

PhD Comics’ tribute to Darwin: The Origin of the Theses

The original is at the PHD Comics site. Advertisements

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Nature wants you to blog

The journal Nature, that is — in an editorial available here: More researchers should engage with the blogosphere, including authors of papers in press. Is blogging a part of science, journalism or public discourse? In fact it may be all … Continue reading

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Spintronics – I : The discovery of Giant MagnetoResistance (GMR) and the birth of spintronics

Let me start with this quote, “The theory of metallic resistance abounds in mysteries,” rightly said by Meaden (1971). One of these mysteries is about how and why electrical resistance changes when a magnetic field acts on ferromagnetic materials. And … Continue reading

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Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke is one name that didn’t draw as much attention as Newton’s did, though both were contemporaries; but his work has been no less significant and diverse. The famous Hooke’s Law in elasticity came from him in 1678 in … Continue reading

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Why materials scientists should celebrate the insights of Darwin

An article in Nature Materials tells why (which piece, for some of you, unfortunately, might be behind pay wall); to give a flavour of the piece: Trees avoid sharp-cornered notches by growing wood in a shape that reduces concentrations of … Continue reading

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Funny quotes

Here’s a list of some funny quotes, very apt for materials engineers. Enjoy!!

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Materials Quotes: 011

My crown is in my heart, not in my head, Nor decked with diamonds and Indian stones, Nor to be seen; my crown is called contentment; A crown it is, that seldom kings enjoy. – William Shakespeare [Henry VI Part … Continue reading

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