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  1. Science

    Scotch Tape Turns Semiconductors Into Superconductors

    Move over, duct tape; you're not the only brand of store bought tape with near-magical powers anymore. Scotch tape, that humblest denizen of the office supply store, has surprised researchers at the University of Toronto with the ability to transform semiconductors into high-energy superconductors. The discovery could have repercussions for the computing industry -- especially the young field of quantum computing -- and could even improve energy efficiency in electronics in general.

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  2. Weird

    Gecko-Inspired Adhesive Can Support the Weight of a Full-Grown Man

    As you may be aware, geckos are really, really good at sticking to stuff. What's more, they do it naturally without any sort of traditionally sticky substance involved.  You know, the kind of annoying sticky substances involved with most man-made things that are made (by men) to stick things to other things. Of course, there's a lot to be gained from harnessing the power of the gecko: Robots that can climb walls, removable wall and ceiling fixtures, and of course, non-sticky tape that can support the weight of a full grown man. With that last one in mind, a group of scientists from the University of Kiel, led by Stanislav Gorb, appear to be living the dream.

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  3. Science

    Graphene Researchers Win 2010 Nobel Physics Prize

    Russian-born physicists Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim, both faculty members at the University of Manchester, have won the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work with graphene, which is an arrangement of carbon consisting of a flat, atom-thick layer in a honeycomb-like lattice. In 2004, Novoselov and Geim discovered a low-tech but highly effective way to produce graphene flakes: With Scotch tape. By putting tape on a piece of graphite and repeatedly peeling away, you can create a layer of graphene. Now known as the so-called "Scotch tape technique," according to Dr. Geim, this discovery has had theoretical as well as practical implications: New Scientist reports that it wasn't previously known that such two-dimensional sheets would be stable.

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  4. Science

    Giant Spider Web Made from 117,000 Feet of Tape

    Earlier this summer, Viennese and Croatian designers spun this jaw-dropping installation at a German design fair: Enormous spider-webs made entirely from packing tape. And lots of it: By Fast Company's count, 117,000 feet and 100 pounds of tape went into making these "huge, self-supporting cocoons that visitors could climb inside and explore."

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