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the web of science

A few strands of spider silk glisten like gold as they catch the light. Otherwise they are invisible. And 800 times stronger than steel.

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Reality and the big, fuzzy blah

The personal ambition to create, Summers says, is probably the same for an engineer as it is for a painter or a poet.

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Creativity can make art of science

Working at the intersection of art and science, Hung “tweaks the methodologies of science,” she says.

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Jumping the ditch

So creativity, Paul says, does not necessarily yield a work that everyone instantly recognizes as good. In many cases, it reconfig­ures our idea of what good is.

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Ribbon of light

John Ballato’s lab in COMSET created this ribbon of polypropylene film with light-emitting nanoparticles carefully dispersed within to maintain clarity and supply a brilliant green.

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quantum heretic

In the warm winter sunshine, a distinguished man stands on the curb outside a local bank, wearing a casual jacket, his dark, curly hair stranded with silver.

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a gear head goes bio

His was not the usual path to a job fighting cancer. Stephen Foulger was a California dude, a surfer and gear head who built motorcycles.

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No, we don’t make eyeglasses.

This is what Eric Johnson has to explain, outside of work. But what he does make, with his team of savvy students, takes vision.

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aiming plasmas at cancer

Sung-O Kim came to COMSET to work on displays and wound up taking aim at cancer. Not that cancer is the lab’s only target. Kim and his students use plasmas to make all sorts of things.

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how to stop an atom

Sooner or later, technology’s pursuit of ever-smaller devices leads it down the rabbit hole and into the realm of quantum mechanics, where the hot dance of atoms makes assembling tiny structures iffy.

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