Science stories for 
 wondering people.                                                       By P. Gomez-Romero
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Science Stories
Here you have an ordered  list of science stories classified by topics and with a brief description of their contents.
    Science, Technology and Society
    • The flight of Daedalus. The flight of Technology . Old as well as modern mythology warns us against the power derived from knowledge; but when it comes to story-telling we can always see the other side of the story.
    • Mad scientists never die. Or so it seems when we analyze characters like Frankenstein and Dr. Jeckyll. They aren't isolated examples born in gothic novels.
    • Darwinless . The trip of Charles Darwin around the world was the result of many lucky coincidences. Things could have been quite different from what they turned out to be. How would it be living in a Darwinless society?.
    • Serendipi..WHAT? . Serendipity is a rare word for a very common occurence in science. Find out amazing examples of what and  how things were discovered by accident.  [NEW]
    Nature
    • Hexagons Forever ! . Honeycomb shaped beehives were a sure bet. When I searched for examples of hexagonal close packing arrays in nature I was not expecting the many surprises now collected in this story. 
    • Snow Crystals in Snow Flakes . An invariable symmetry combined with an endless variation of shapes lead to the unique beauty of snow crystals. Find out the origin of this symmetry.
    Evolution
    • Evolution never sleeps . Evolution is not only a matter of the past, taking place over huge periods of time. There are interesting examples of its working here and now. 
    • Metaevolution. The very word of evolution sparks our memories of animal species hanging on a tree of life. But evolution has not always been working on living systems. This story tells you about the evolution of evolution. [NEW]  
    • qwerty: evolution at your fingertips. Did you know why in the world your keyboard (or typewriter) has the letters arranged as they are?. Neither did I, but I found out. This is a great story about social evolution. [NEW]
    • Darwinless . The trip of Charles Darwin around the world was the result of many lucky coincidences. Things could have been quite different from what they turned out to be. How would it be living in a Darwinless society?.
    Molecules & Materials
    • HOT Molecules: Fullerenes . A new form of carbon, prepared at high temperatures was discovered in 1985, a highly symmetrical cluster of 60 carbon atoms in the shape of a soccer ball. Since then the family has grown and applications are being found for these molecules born from basic research. Includes a view in 3-D.
    • COOL Materials: High-Tc Superconductors . These oxides started a revolution in physics and engineering thanks to their remarkable magnetic and electrical properties. They are made hot but their superconductivity is only maintained at still pretty cool temperatures.
    • Is this a molecule?. Frontiers between molecules and extended solids . Benzene is a molecule with 6 carbon atoms arranged as an hexagon and graphite has billions of those hexagons fused together. What is in between and what properties could be expected for nanosized materials?.
    Energy
    • Rechargeable Lithium Batteries. An alternative to toxic Lead and Cadmium. Lithium technology is the newest and most promising in the field of rechargeable batteries. It provides more charge and energy (longer duration) in a lighter battery. And contrary to present lead or nickel-cadmium batteries, lithium batteries do not contain toxic metals. This article includes an animation of the working mechanism  of these batteries.
 


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