Physics - Condensed Matter news

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 4.4 / 5 (42) 1

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 4.7 / 5 (37) 0

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 4.3 / 5 (40) 0