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Physicists shed new light on how liquids behave with other materials

5 days ago

Using a range of theoretical and simulation approaches, physicists from the University of Bristol have shown that liquids…
Stressing metallic material controls superconductivity

6 days ago

No strain, no gain – that’s the credo for Cornell researchers who have helped find a way to…
Physicists look to navigational ‘rhumb lines’ to study polymer’s unique spindle structure

October 14, 2019

From the intricate patterns of pollen grains to the logarithmic spirals of nautilus shells, biology is full of complex patterns,…
Atomic-level imaging could offer roadmap to metals with new properties

October 10, 2019

High-entropy alloys, which are made from nearly equal parts of several primary metals, could hold great potential for…
A filament fit for space – silk is proven to thrive in outer space temperatures

October 7, 2019

Scientists from the universities of Oxford, Shanghai and Beijing who discovered that natural silks get stronger the colder…
Light work for superconductors

September 30, 2019

For the first time researchers successfully used laser pulses to excite an iron-based compound into a superconducting state.…
New 3D-printed lattice designs defy conventional wisdom on metamaterials

September 29, 2019

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have designed a new class of 3D-printed lattice structures that combine lightweight and…
Shocking heat waves stabilize single atoms

September 27, 2019

Single atoms work great as catalysts, but they usually don’t stay single for long. Argonne scientists are part…
Graphene is 3D as well as 2D

September 26, 2019

Graphene is actually a 3D material as well as a 2D material, according to a new study from…
Iridium ‘Loses Its Identity’ When Interfaced With Nickel

September 25, 2019

Hey, physicists and materials scientists: You’d better reevaluate your work if you study iridium-based materials – members of…
Engineers study icing/de-icing of wind turbine blades to improve winter power production

September 24, 2019

In Hui Hu’s Iowa State University office, you can feel exactly what ice does to an airfoil. As…
Seeing sound: Scientists observe how acoustic interactions change materials at the atomic level

September 24, 2019

Interaction of sound and light reveals new information of a crystal’s quantum properties. When exposed to stress and…
Lab scholar makes impact on new diagnostic at NIF

September 18, 2019

When Peter Nyholm became a NIF&PS Summer Scholar, he was following family tradition. Both of his parents had…
Methods to Monitor Wear in Oil and Gas Production Tubing Without Well Intervention

September 13, 2019

The Seeker (a private Oil & Gas producing company) is looking for a method for remote online monitoring…
Astronauts Try Mixing Concrete in Space

September 12, 2019

What sounds like a slap-stick comedy shtick is actually solid science. With so much of humanity’s space-faring future…
A Metal Unlike Itself

September 11, 2019

One of the most fundamental rules physics students learn in college is that metals cannot possess an internal…
How to Simulate Softness

September 2, 2019

What factors affect how human touch perceives softness, like the feel of pressing your fingertip against a marshmallow,…
Smarter Experiments for Faster Materials Discovery

August 29, 2019

Scientists created a new AI algorithm for making measurement decisions; autonomous approach could revolutionize scientific experiments A team…
Surface atoms on a dust particle (shown in red, white, pink and yellow) impose an arrangement on water molecules (blue) that can promote or inhibit ice formation. Image credit: Sapna Sarupria and Ryan DeFever
Chipping away at how ice forms could keep windshields, power lines ice-free

August 29, 2019

How does ice form? Surprisingly, science hasn’t fully answered that question. Differences in ice formation on various surfaces…
Microfluidic devices made of wood

August 23, 2019

To analyze tiny amounts of liquids, scientists often use devices called microfluidic chips, which are small pieces of…
Study Identifies Main Culprit Behind Lithium Metal Battery Failure

August 22, 2019

A research team led by the University of California San Diego has discovered the root cause of why…
For superconductors, discovery comes from disorder

August 16, 2019

Useful chaos — introduced disorder improves superconductivity. Discovered more than 100 years ago, superconductivity continues to captivate scientists…
Cracking research

August 8, 2019

For the first time, researchers have been able to observe the way ceramic materials fracture on the atomic…
Scientists created a gel, which can turn hard with a touch of a salt crystal

August 4, 2019

There are four fundamental states of matter: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma. Of course, there are many more…
Deeper understanding of nanobubbles could improve the design of ships’ propellers and cancer treatment

August 1, 2019

Ship propellers are like wheels on a car. They do experience a lot of stress and wear rather…
Under pressure: New device’s 1.6 billion atmospheres per second assists impact studies

July 14, 2019

A new super-fast high-pressure device at DESY’s PERA III X-ray light source allows scientists to simulate and study…
Extremely hard yet metallically conductive

July 5, 2019

Novel material with high-tech prospects. An international research group led by scientists from the University of Bayreuth has…
Why mirrors are always made from glass? Why can’t we make from something that doesn’t break?

July 4, 2019

A broken mirror brings you luck or something, right? Well, it does bring you a lot of trouble…
Water drives explosive eruptions; here’s why magmas are wetter than we thought

July 3, 2019

Volatile elements in magma, primarily water, drive explosive volcanic eruptions. The tricky part is determining just how much…
Researchers unveil how soft materials react to deformation at molecular level

June 30, 2019

Before designing the next generation of soft materials, researchers must first understand how they behave during rapidly changing…
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