Latch, load and release: Elastic motion makes click beetles click, study finds

IMAGE: Illinois researchers Aimy Wissa, Marianne Alleyne and Ophelia Bolmin studied the motion of a click beetle’s jump and present the first analytical framework to uncover the physics behind ultrafast motion… view more  Credit: Photo by L. Brian Stauffer CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Click beetles can propel themselves more than 20 body lengths into the air, and […]

Elastic motion makes click beetles click, study finds

Illinois researchers Aimy Wissa, Marianne Alleyne and Ophelia Bolmin studied the motion of a click beetle’s jump and present the first analytical framework to uncover the physics behind ultrafast motion by small animals. Credit: L. Brian Stauffer Click beetles can propel themselves more than 20 body lengths into the air, and they do so without […]

Microfabricated elastic diamonds improve material’s electronic properties

Overcoming a key obstacle in achieving diamond-based electronic and optoelectronic devices, researchers have presented a new way to fabricate micrometer-sized diamonds that can elastically stretch. Elastic diamonds could pave the way for advanced electronics, including semiconductors and quantum information technologies. In addition to being the hardest materials in nature, diamonds have exceptional electronic and photonic […]