Saturday, January 16, 2010

Self-Assembling Magnetic "Snakes"

For some odd reason, when I saw this video, I broke up into a hysterical laughter! :) It is probably because there's something that looks like a shaggy-looking man swimming next to a bunch of tadpoles! :)

This is the description given to accompany the video:

Nickel particles float peacefully in a liquid medium until a giant snake seems to swim by and snatch several particles up, adding to its own mass. The self-assembled "snakes" act like biological systems, but they are not alive and are driven by a magnetic field. The research may someday offer some insight into the organization of life itself.


Anyway, see for yourself!

A review of this research work done at Argonne can be found at the Wired website.


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