True Strange Library

The curious collection of a slightly mad scientist

German Scientists Freeze Light for a Minute

It turns out that the fastest known thing in the universe, light, can in fact be stopped. A German team of scientists have successfully stopped light from traveling for a … Continue reading

October 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Researchers demonstrate “accelerator on a chip”

In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, researchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Scientists create never-before-seen form of matter

Harvard and MIT scientists are challenging the conventional wisdom about light, and they didn’t need to go to a galaxy far, far away to do it. Working with colleagues at … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Vitamin E and Other Antioxidants Dispel Static Electricity

It might be called a shock finding. Coating plastic or rubber materials with antioxidants such as vitamin E stops static charge from building up on the polymer’s surface, chemists report … Continue reading

September 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Maybe Space-Time is Just an Illusion

Via Alex Tabarrok,Quanta magazine reports on a decades-long effort that has recently produced a radically simplified way of calculating quantum interactions. Instead of adding up millions or billions of terms, … Continue reading

September 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Scientists shatter world record: Thinnest ever sheet of glass created at just ONE molecule thick … and all because of an accidental discovery

An accidental discovery has led to the creation of the world’s thinnest sheet of glass – at just one molecule thick. The ‘pane’ of glass is so impossibly thin that … Continue reading

September 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why Does Popcorn Pop?

A popcorn kernel is a cereal grain seed. It is made up of four major physical structures: 1 The Pericarp seed coat or outer hull: a hard outer thin covering. … Continue reading

August 28, 2013 · Leave a comment