Discovery of mini 'water hammer' effect could lead to materials that water really hates
Researchers from Northwestern University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have studied individual water droplets and discovered a miniature version of the "water hammer," an effect that produces the familiar ...
Unexpected magnetism discovered
Theoretical work done at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has provided a key to understanding an unexpected magnetism between two dissimilar materials.
Evidence further suggests extra-terrestrial origin of quasicrystals
(Phys.org) -- Results from an expedition to far eastern Russia that set out to find the origin of naturally occurring quasicrystals have provided convincing evidence that they arrived on Earth from outer ...
Ames Laboratory beefing up magnets for electric-drive cars
Ask Iver Anderson at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory about consumer interest in and desire for “ultragreen” electric-drive vehicles, and he’ll reply without a moment’s hesitation ...
Crystal clues to better batteries
Longer-lasting laptop and mobile phone batteries could be a step closer thanks to research by scientists at the University of Oxford.
H3+: The molecule that made the Universe
(Phys.org) -- In a study that pushed quantum mechanical theory and research capabilities to the limit, University of Arizona researchers have found a way to see the molecule that likely made the universe - ...
New metamaterial lens focuses radio waves: Device could improve satellite and molecular imaging
In many respects, metamaterials are supernatural. These manmade materials, with their intricately designed structures, bend electromagnetic waves in ways that are impossible for materials found in nature. ...
Physicists solve 20-year-old debate surrounding glassy surfaces
University of Waterloo physicists have succeeded in measuring how the surfaces of glassy materials flow like a liquid, even when they should be solid.
New invention that could change design of future memory storage devices
A research team at Singapore A*STAR's Data Storage Institute (DSI) has invented a new phase change material that has the potential to change the design of future memory storage devices.
Directed self-ordering of organic molecules for electronic devices
A simple surface treatment technique demonstrated by a collaboration between researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Penn State and the University of Kentucky potentially offers ...
Major advances made in predicting crystal structures
Researchers have met the challenge of predicting the crystal structures of small organic molecules by computational methods without experimental input, a goal that has been described as the Holy Grail of crystallography.
Researchers closer to the ultimate green 'fridge magnet'
(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists are a step closer to making environmentally-friendly 'magnetic' refrigerators and air conditioning systems a reality, thanks to new research published today in Advanced Materials.
Water-splitting Photocatalyst Brought to Light
(PhysOrg.com) -- To produce "green" fuels, some scientists are looking for a little help from above. Sunlight is the key ingredient in photocatalytic water splitting, a process that breaks down water into ...
Scientists predict an out-of-this-world kind of ice
(PhysOrg.com) -- Cornell scientists are boldly going where no water molecule has gone before -- that is, when it comes to pressures found nowhere on Earth.