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A Warm Space Station Welcome for Cool New Hardware

December 18, 2019

Astronaut Christina Koch recently gave a warm welcome to a very cool arrival to the International Space Station:…
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…
Study reveals new structure of gold at extremes

July 31, 2019

Gold is an extremely important material for high-pressure experiments and is considered the “gold standard” for calculating pressure…
A tool for identifying phases of matter

June 20, 2019

Even if you’re not a physicist, phases of matter … really matter. They’re the distinct physical forms taken…
Revealing ‘hidden’ phases of matter through the power of light

June 14, 2019

Most people think of water as existing in only one of three phases: solid ice, liquid water, or…
Scientists uncover exotic matter in the Sun’s atmosphere

May 29, 2019

Scientists from Ireland and France today announced a major new finding about how matter behaves in the extreme…
Unexpected observation of ice at low temperature, high pressure questions ice, water theory

May 24, 2019

Through an experiment designed to create a super-cold state of water, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak…
‘Exotic’ form of ice both solid and liquid

May 17, 2019

Can water be simultaneously solid and liquid? Yes, according to new research from University of Rochester scientists. The…
Study reveals final fate of levitating Leidenfrost droplets

May 13, 2019

Splash some water on a hot skillet, and you’ll often see the droplets sizzle and quickly evaporate. But…
Nanometre gaps can crystallise liquids

May 9, 2019

X-ray examination shows surprising coexistence of liquid and crystalline form. Very narrow gaps make liquids crystallise partially. X-ray…
Giant lasers crystallize water with shockwaves, revealing the atomic structure of superionic ice

May 9, 2019

Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) used giant lasers to flash-freeze water into its exotic superionic phase…
New Kind of Metal Is Both Liquid and Solid

May 6, 2019

Most people know that the atoms in physical material exist in one of three states — either solid,…
Getting to the bottom of the “boiling crisis”

April 17, 2019

The simple act of boiling water is one of humankind’s oldest inventions, and still central to many of…
Chain-melted state is real – some elements can be solid and liquid at the same time

April 14, 2019

There are 3 main states that elements exist in – solid, liquid and gas. There are other possibilities…
Supercrystal: A hidden phase of matter created by a burst of light

March 25, 2019

“Frustration” plus a pulse of laser light resulted in a stable “supercrystal” created by a team of researchers…
Next up: Ultracold simulators of super-dense stars

January 4, 2019

Rice University physicists have created the world’s first laser-cooled neutral plasma, completing a 20-year quest that sets the…
Compelling Evidence for Small Drops of Perfect Fluid

December 12, 2018

PHENIX publishes new particle-flow measurements to support their case that tiny projectiles create specks of quark-gluon plasma. Nuclear…
When light, not heat, causes melting

October 16, 2018

The way that ordinary materials undergo a phase change, such as melting or freezing, has been studied in…
New understanding of the solidification of high-pressure ice found in ‘ocean world’ planets

October 11, 2018

A team of theorists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has solved a long-standing puzzle in the nucleation…
Inside the Crust of Neutron Stars, There is Nuclear Pasta; the Hardest Known Substance in the Universe

September 21, 2018

Ever since they were first discovered in the 1930s, scientists have puzzled over the mystery that is neutron…
Nuclear pasta, the hardest known substance in the universe

September 21, 2018

A team of scientists has calculated the strength of the material deep inside the crust of neutron stars…
Zapping hydrogen gas with 168 lasers turns it into a metal

August 21, 2018

Scientists have bombarded hydrogen with 168 powerful laser beams – part of the world’s largest laser, the National…
How hydrogen becomes metallic inside gas giant planets

August 18, 2018

Swirling dense metallic hydrogen dominates the interiors of Jupiter, Saturn and many extra-solar planets. Building precise models of…
Understanding the strange behaviour of water

April 10, 2018

Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, a collaboration…
Physicists discover new quantum electronic material

March 20, 2018

A motif of Japanese basketweaving known as the kagome pattern has preoccupied physicists for decades. Kagome baskets are…
Researchers demonstrate existence of new form of electronic matter

March 15, 2018

Researchers have produced a “human scale” demonstration of a new phase of matter called quadrupole topological insulators that…
Stick, peel, or bounce: Controlling a freezing droplet’s fate

September 12, 2017

When freezing droplets impact a surface, they generally either stick to it or bounce away. Controlling this response…
Solving the mystery of the topology of semimetal bismuth

April 7, 2017

A University of Tokyo research group and their collaborators revealed that a crystal of the semimetal bismuth is…
Study finds support for new forms of liquid water

April 4, 2017

Putting water in a (really) tight spot and cranking up the pressure could reveal new sides of its…
Surface roughness accelerates liquid-liquid transition

March 29, 2017

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have found that transition between two liquid states, characterized by different local…
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