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Physicists shed new light on how liquids behave with other materials

October 17, 2019

Using a range of theoretical and simulation approaches, physicists from the University of Bristol have shown that liquids…
Illustration of detergent-like ionic liquids on an electrode surface. Image credit: Xianwen Mao/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Supercapacitors turbocharged by laxatives

August 14, 2019

An international team of scientists, including a professor of chemistry from the University of Bristol, has worked out…
Researchers solve mystery of how gas bubbles form in liquid

June 20, 2019

The formation of air bubbles in a liquid appears very similar to its inverse process, the formation of…
New study dramatically narrows the search for advanced life in the universe

June 18, 2019

Scientists may need to rethink their estimates for how many planets outside our solar system could host a…
Why is it so difficult to pour wine, water or tea? It just doesn’t want to go where it’s supposed to go

May 21, 2019

Tell us if this sounds familiar – you try to pour water from one cup to another and…
Stanford physicist finds that swirling liquids work similarly to bitcoin

April 27, 2018

Fluid dynamics is not something that typically comes to mind when thinking about bitcoin. But for one Stanford…
Let it flow: Ideas, creativity, findings, impacts, benefits to society

January 4, 2018

Such everyday items may seem like odd subjects of inquiry in a lab known for its cutting-edge research,…
Physicists Shed Light on How Wetness Affects a Phenomenon in Foams

December 6, 2017

Whether drinking beer, eating ice cream or washing the dishes, it’s fair to say that many people come…
Nanoparticle Supersoap Creates ‘Bijel’ With Potential as Sculptable Fluid

September 27, 2017

A new two-dimensional film, made of polymers and nanoparticles and developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s…
Mind the liquid gap: liquids are capable of supporting waves with short wavelengths only

June 13, 2017

Liquids are the least understood state of matter and for a long time it has been believed that…
Temperature difference propels droplets

October 15, 2016

Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have developed a new way of driving fluid droplets across surfaces in a…
Liquid light switch could enable more powerful electronics

August 10, 2016

Researchers have built a record energy-efficient switch, which uses the interplay of electricity and a liquid form of…
Engineers capture self-assembly of nanocrystals in real time

April 5, 2016

Nanoscopic crystals about 1,000 times thinner than a human hair wade through a liquid solution, leisurely consolidating into…
Team Devises Easier Way to Make ‘Bijels,’ a Complex New Form of Liquid Matter

January 27, 2016

Oil and water famously don’t mix, but finely dispersing one in the other produces a liquid mixture with…
Liquid Cooling Moves onto the Chip for Denser Electronics

October 6, 2015

Using microfluidic passages cut directly into the backsides of production field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, Georgia Institute of…
Smart Hydrogel Coating Creates “Stick-slip” Control of Capillary Action

July 28, 2015

Coating the inside of glass microtubes with a polymer hydrogel material dramatically alters the way capillary forces draw…
Why do puddles stop spreading?

July 9, 2015

When you spill a bit of water onto a tabletop, the puddle spreads — and then stops, leaving…
The physics of salad dressing

July 7, 2015

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have shown that in phase separation in liquids, as is seen when…
Identification of hidden key behind liquid-liquid transition

May 21, 2015

A University of Tokyo research group has successfully identified a microstructural unit that controls liquid-liquid transition between two…
Liquids and glasses relax, too: But not like you thought

January 16, 2015

A new insight into the fundamental mechanics of the movement of molecules recently published* by researchers at the…
Seeing clearly through a liquid

September 8, 2014

Scientists demonstrated that when using in situ liquid transmission electron microscopy and scanning TEM to probe nanomaterials that…
Researchers devise several ways to orient nonmagnetic objects in 3D space using magnetic levitation

September 1, 2014

Manipulating the orientation of an object in the x′–y′ plane of a MagLev device with an external magnet.…
Familiar yet strange: Water’s ‘split personality’ revealed by computer model

June 19, 2014

Seemingly ordinary, water has quite puzzling behavior. Why, for example, does ice float when most liquids crystallize into…
Stain-free, self-cleaning clothing on the horizon

January 15, 2014

Since 2011, the Harvard research team that created Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces has demonstrated a spate of sleek…
Shapes of Things to Come: Exotic Shapes for Liquid Drops Have Many Possible Uses

December 19, 2013

Oil and water don’t mix, as any chemist or cook knows. Tom Russell, a polymer scientist from the…
Flexible, stretchable fire-ant rafts

November 28, 2013

An ant raft stays on top of the water surface even when it is hardly pressed by a…
MRI breakthrough for screening liquids

November 27, 2013

MagRay engineer Larry Schultz puts a bottle of surrogate material that mimic home made explosives into the MagRay…
Lab-on-a-chip technology gets a flexible upgrade

July 12, 2013

Microfluidic devices move liquids through tiny, hair-sized pathways carved into glass slides and have distinct advantages over traditional…
‘Liquid-liquid’ phase transition: Researchers identify transformation in low-temperature water

July 11, 2013

Researchers at the University of Arkansas have identified that water, when chilled to a very low temperature, transforms…
Advanced paper could be foundation for inexpensive biomedical and diagnostic devices

June 7, 2013

Paper is known for its ability to absorb liquids, making it ideal for products such as paper towels.…
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