Fractal nanostructures – lightweight and incredibly strong

Using fractal nanostructures to build e.g. car can make transport far more efficient than with regular techniques.

When transporting goods or people, the largest part of the energy is used to move the weight of the vessel itself. The average car weighs 1200kg. Most of the times only one passenger is moved – so to transport 80kg of human we need fuel to transport 1280kg.

Fractal nanostructures could shift that imbalance drastically.

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Fractal Haze made early earth habitable

The early sun wasn’t bright enough to keep the earth warm enough to sustain life. A new model offers a solution for this old puzzle known as the “faint young sun paradox”:
A thick fractal haze of organic material helped the earth to absorb the suns warmth while at the same time blocking harmful ultraviolet light. If you looked up that ancient sky it wouldn’t be blue as today but apear only dim and rust coloured.

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Recent observations show that Plutos atmosphere shows a very similar fractal haze.

The haze of Pluto may have strong similarities with the one of Titan
The many layers of titans atmosphere

Fractal patterns discovered in the worlds greatest literature

Scientists have found intriguing evidence of fractal structures in classic books. This discovery is more prove that fractals are embedded deeply in not only nature but also our language and the way we tell story.

“All of the examined works showed self-similarity in terms of organisation of the lengths of sentences. Some were more expressive – here The Ambassadors by Henry James stood out …  correlations were evident, and therefore these texts were the construction of a fractal,”

– Dr Paweł Oświęcimka from the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences”

Sequences of sentence lengths (as measured by number of words) in four literary works representative of various degrees of cascading character. (Source: IFJ PAN)