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 4.9 / 5 (38) 0 | with audio podcast

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