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November 26, 2013 | Amina Khan
Ants may seem tiny and weak when they're alone, but together they can form a sort of "super-organism" -- one with superpowers. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that a jumbled crowd of fire ants acts like both an elastic solid and a viscous liquid -- a rare and remarkable property that holds the secrets of self-healing materials. The discovery could one day help scientists design self-repairing bridges and self-assembling modular robots, said co-author David Hu, a mechanical engineer at Georgia Tech, at the American Physical Society's fluid dynamics conference in Pittsburgh.
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November 26, 2013 | Amina Khan
Ants may seem tiny and weak when they're alone, but together they can form a sort of "super-organism" -- one with superpowers. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that a jumbled crowd of fire ants acts like both an elastic solid and a viscous liquid -- a rare and remarkable property that holds the secrets of self-healing materials. The discovery could one day help scientists design self-repairing bridges and self-assembling modular robots, said co-author David Hu, a mechanical engineer at Georgia Tech, at the American Physical Society's fluid dynamics conference in Pittsburgh.
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SCIENCE
September 10, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Imagine a substance made of about 90% water that is resilient, compatible with living tissue and can stretch to more than 20 times its own length without breaking. A team of American and Korean researchers have managed to make just such a material by combining two unremarkable gels - creating a supergel with strengths derived from both. Though it's meant to be a proof of concept, gels that are similarly tough and stretchy could one day be used to make replacements for cartilage and other biological tissues, which must be flexible enough to work inside a living body while also strong enough to bear the forces exerted on it. The gels being studied consist of chains of linked polymers that float in water, their primary ingredient.
SCIENCE
September 10, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Imagine a substance made of about 90% water that is resilient, compatible with living tissue and can stretch to more than 20 times its own length without breaking. A team of American and Korean researchers have managed to make just such a material by combining two unremarkable gels - creating a supergel with strengths derived from both. Though it's meant to be a proof of concept, gels that are similarly tough and stretchy could one day be used to make replacements for cartilage and other biological tissues, which must be flexible enough to work inside a living body while also strong enough to bear the forces exerted on it. The gels being studied consist of chains of linked polymers that float in water, their primary ingredient.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1997 | REUBEN ABATI, Nigerian journalist Reuben Abati is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the College of Journalism, University of Maryland
There is great irony in the efforts of the Nigerian government to restore democracy in Sierra Leone, after the military coup May 25 that dislodged the 15-month-old administration of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. Anyone knowing the troubled course of the present government in Nigeria will not be unaware of this ambiguity. Gen. Sani Abacha came to power in 1994 by overthrowing a transitional government that had been hurriedly instituted by Gen.
NEWS
September 28, 1988 | CATHERINE M. SPEARNAK
Ann Rodgers rotates on a circular platform beneath 32 stereo speakers mounted on a geodesic dome. John-David dims the lights, steps in front of a microphone and pumps up the volume on four tape decks. They fill the room with natural sounds--Tibetan bells, whales, dolphins, the ocean. Strobe lights flash. The music pulses. The impish man clad in Bermuda shorts plays Wizard of Oz behind a plexiglass curtain. "Accept your power as a powerful woman, a live woman, a whole woman," John-David commands.
HEALTH
December 14, 1998 | ROCHELLE O'GORMAN
Mitchell May is not your average New Age guru. Not only does he make fun of himself, and other granola heads, but he speaks frankly and honestly about the experiences that led him to become a healer--not your usual career choice. As a young man, May was in a devastating car accident that broke or shattered bones in more than 40 places. He was not expected to live, let alone walk, again. A healer helped May to recover and then took him on as his apprentice.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., whose founder was sentenced last month to five months in prison, said it spent $6 million to buy two health publications, Body & Soul magazine and Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing newsletter. The New York-based company said it paid cash for the publications, which were owned by New Age Publishing Inc. and Thorne Communications Inc., respectively.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
LG's curved smartphone, the G Flex, has a lot of cool specs -- a 6-inch screen, a flexible plastic body that can be pushed flat without breaking and an ultra-thin, high-resolution display. But the feature we're most excited and curious about? LG's claim that its new phone is made with a "self-healing" coating that protects the device from surface damage and can actually erase signs of scratches after they occur. Although the notion of a self-healing phone seems implausible, YouTube personality and video producer Marques Brownlee posted a video online in which he runs the G Flex through a series of scratch tests and the phone appears to emerge relatively unscathed.
HEALTH
December 14, 1998 | ROCHELLE O'GORMAN
Mitchell May is not your average New Age guru. Not only does he make fun of himself, and other granola heads, but he speaks frankly and honestly about the experiences that led him to become a healer--not your usual career choice. As a young man, May was in a devastating car accident that broke or shattered bones in more than 40 places. He was not expected to live, let alone walk, again. A healer helped May to recover and then took him on as his apprentice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1997 | REUBEN ABATI, Nigerian journalist Reuben Abati is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the College of Journalism, University of Maryland
There is great irony in the efforts of the Nigerian government to restore democracy in Sierra Leone, after the military coup May 25 that dislodged the 15-month-old administration of President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah. Anyone knowing the troubled course of the present government in Nigeria will not be unaware of this ambiguity. Gen. Sani Abacha came to power in 1994 by overthrowing a transitional government that had been hurriedly instituted by Gen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1999 | Angelique Flores, (949) 574-4209
The Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center will present a program called "Learn the Differences Between Western and Eastern Medicine" at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Dr. Yuan Zhi Fu from China will discuss acupuncture, diet and a simple self-help healing technique to reduce pain called Gua Sho. Call (949) 470-3062 for reservations. The Norman P. Community and Senior Center is at 24932 Veterans Way.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 1993 | R. K.
We'll venture a guess that the inevitable home-videotape of the six-hour co-production by Turner Broadcasting and the Institute of Noetic Sciences, "The Heart of Healing: Remarkable Stories of How We Heal Ourselves" will be viewed much more carefully than the broadcast (tonight, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:05 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. on TBS).
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