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Solving the Riddle of the Snow Globe

May 30, 2017

If you’ve shaken a snow globe, you’ve enjoyed watching its tiny particles slowly sink to the bottom. But…
Understanding What’s Happening Inside Liquid Droplets

March 8, 2017

For most people, the drip, drip, drip of a leaking faucet would be an annoyance. But for Georgia…
Accurate temperature readings from microwave-proof thermometer

November 23, 2016

Two entrepreneurs have discovered a technology with the capacity to ensure, for example, that babies are given formula…
Single-component water-like substance has two liquid states

November 17, 2016

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have found solid experimental evidence corroborating the presence of liquid-liquid transition in…
Perpretual ‘ice-water’ solid-liquid state revealed in gallium nanoparticles

August 4, 2016

Imagine placing ice cubes into a glass of water and having the ice cubes remain unchanged and in…
At attention, molecules!

May 11, 2016

When you touch your phone’s screen, you might not realize that you’ve set off a molecular chain reaction.…
New Tool Allows Scientists to Visualize ‘Nanoscale’ Processes

May 5, 2016

Chemists at UC San Diego have developed a new tool that allows scientists for the first time to…
Most online liquid nicotine vendors fail to prevent sales to minors

April 15, 2016

Across the United States, online vendors of e-liquids – the nicotine-rich fluids that fuel electronic cigarettes – are…
New understanding of liquid-like materials to solid state transition discovered

April 6, 2016

New research has identified how liquid-like materials can change into a solid-like state without the addition of extra…
UW team refrigerates liquids with a laser for the first time

November 17, 2015

Since the first laser was invented in 1960, they’ve always given off heat — either as a useful…
Structural origin of glass transition

June 18, 2015

A University of Tokyo research group has demonstrated through computer simulations that the enhancement of fluctuations in a…
Self-assembly of hydrodynamic flow

April 15, 2015

“Self-organization” describes the phenomenon of the spontaneous emergence of complex structures and systems. As one example of this…
A simple way to make and reconfigure complex emulsions

February 26, 2015

MIT researchers have devised a new way to make complex liquid mixtures, known as emulsions, that could have…
X-ray laser probes tiny quantum tornadoes in superfluid droplets

August 22, 2014

An experiment at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory revealed a well-organized 3-D grid of quantum…
Liquid crystals controlled by magnetic fields may lead to new optical applications

July 10, 2014

Top: Scheme showing magnetic control over light transmittance in the novel liquid crystals. B is the alternating magnetic…
Under the bright lights of an aging sun

July 7, 2014

Venus can be seen as a black dot eclipsing the Sun in this image from 2012. Venus orbits…
The scientific explanation of why beer overflows when a one bottle is bumped against another

January 21, 2014

Scientists at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) reveal the physical phenomenon that explains beer’s rapid transformation from…
Team models sudden thickening of complex fluids

January 17, 2014

Levich Institute simulation of discontinuous shear thickening could lead to improved processing of materials in suspension A new…
New state of liquid crystals discovered

November 29, 2013

EnlargeSchematics of local director arrangements in nematics. Credit: Nature Communications 4, Article number: 2635 doi:10.1038/ncomms3635 New collaborative research, carried out…
Scientists push and pull droplets with graphene

September 13, 2013

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have moved liquid droplets using long chemical gradients formed on…
Researchers discover a way to switch liquid crystals off faster

September 10, 2013

A team of physicists at Kent State University has discovered a way to cause liquid crystals to relax…
Rethinking surface tension

August 30, 2013

If you’ve ever watched a drop of water form into a bead or a water strider scoot across…
Goblet tricks suggests ancient Romans were first to use nanotechnology

August 28, 2013

Recent evidence suggests that the Roman craftsmen who created the Lycurgus Cup, a glass drinking goblet, used nanotechnology…
Researchers develop molecular switch that changes liquid crystal colors

August 27, 2013

The switch on the wall turns on the light; flip it the other way and the room goes…
Computer Simulations Indicate Calcium Carbonate Has a Dense Liquid Phase

August 23, 2013

Artistic rendition of liquid-liquid separation in a supersaturated calcium carbonate solution. New research suggests that a dense liquid…
Acid, not bubbles, responsible for distinctive ‘bite’ of carbonated beverages, researchers reveal

August 22, 2013

New research from the Monell Center reveals that bubbles are not necessary to experience the unique ‘bite’ of…
Möbius strip ties liquid crystal in knots to produce tomorrow’s materials and photonic devices

August 21, 2013

University of Warwick scientists have shown how to tie knots in liquid crystals using a miniature Möbius strip…
Try clapping your wet hands: A physics lesson from Virginia Tech engineers

August 16, 2013

Sunny Jung continues to redefine the views on the laws of physics, and in doing so, impacts the…
Simulation shows colloids can form into non-crystalline state at below freezing temperatures

August 8, 2013

Two researchers working at Universita di Roma, Frank Smallenburg and Francesco Sciortino have shown via computer simulation that…
A scientific experiment is able to create a wave that is frozen in time

July 23, 2013

Scientists at the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) and the University of California – San Diego (UC…
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