Physics - Condensed Matter news

Creating electricity with caged atoms

Clathrates are crystals consisting of tiny cages in which single atoms can be enclosed. These atoms significantly alter the material properties of the crystal. By trapping cerium atoms in a clathrate, scientists ...

Sep 22, 2013
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New gel changes color on demand

MIT researchers have created a new structured gel that can rapidly change color in response to a variety of stimuli, including temperature, pressure, salt concentration and humidity.

Oct 21, 2007
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Intelligent steel for safer cars

Each year, more than 200,000 car accidents occur in Germany. Car manufacturers devote much time, effort, and cost to developing new ways of protecting drivers and passengers.

Sep 18, 2007
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Researchers clear way to stronger glass

Look at your window - not out it, but at it. Though the window glass looks clear, if you could peer inside the pane you would see a surprising molecular mess, with tiny particles jumbled together any which ...

Dec 07, 2006
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Switchable Lotus Effect

Lotus blossoms are beautiful, and always immaculately clean. Water drops bead up and roll off of their water-repellent surface, washing away every speck of dust. This type of self-cleaning surface would be very useful to ...

Sep 04, 2006
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Removing a hydrogen fuel-cell roadblock

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory are employing some modern day alchemy in an effort to find a material with properties of rare and high-priced palladium. If they’re successful, it could remove ...

Mar 27, 2007
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Dense hydrogen in a new light

(Phys.org) —Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. The way it responds under extreme pressures and temperatures is crucial to our understanding of matter and the nature of hydrogen-rich ...

Jun 03, 2013
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