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James Clerk Maxwell, 1831 - 1879

Maxwell’s Equations Touch Quantum Mechanics

MIT physicists are cheering a breakthrough that celebrates the applicability of Maxwell’s theory to the nano scale. James Clerk Maxwell, a devout Christian who revolutionized physics with his theory of electromagnetism in 1865, has been vindicated again and again. One scale of phenomena, however, has been difficult to reconcile with the famous Maxwell’s Equations: the […]

Super Designs in Amazing Animals, Part 2

Organisms of all kinds, sizes and shapes have mastered physical principles in astonishing ways. Here are more examples.

How the Brain Serves the Mind

More sophisticated than any computer, the brain runs many background tasks to aid and assist our conscious choices.

The Crawling Eye: Cells as Lenses

Certain bacteria can respond to light be turning their whole bodies into eyeballs.

Save Your Eyes: Take a Hike

An epidemic of myopia is swamping Asian health care institutions. The cause could depend on what side of the front door you tend to be.

Backward Wiring of Eye Retina Confirmed as Optimal

You can't get any better performance out of an eyeball than the way it's designed, backward wiring and all.

Inventions Inspired by Mother Nature's Designs

Biological solutions to physical challenges are inspiring new technologies.
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