Physics - Condensed Matter news

The 500 phases of matter: Entering a new phase

(Phys.org)—Forget solid, liquid, and gas: there are in fact more than 500 phases of matter. In a major paper in today's issue of Science, Perimeter Faculty member Xiao-Gang Wen reveals a modern reclassification of all ...

Dec 21, 2012
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Consider the 'anticrystal'

(Phys.org) —For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent ...

Jul 07, 2014
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Evidence of a new phase in liquid hydrogen

(PhysOrg.com) -- We like to think that we’ve got hydrogen, one of the most basic of elements, figured out. However, hydrogen can still surprise, especially once scientists start probing its properties on ...

Feb 25, 2010 feature
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Mystery of car battery's current solved

(PhysOrg.com) -- Chemists have solved the 150 year-old mystery of what gives the lead-acid battery, found under the bonnet of most cars, its unique ability to deliver a surge of current.

Dec 19, 2011
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Can a Polymer Help Curb Arctic Ice Melting?

In order to help prevent the melting of Arctic ice, a process that has been occurring at alarming rates in recent years, which many scientists believe is due gradual global warming, a group of researchers ...

Apr 29, 2008 feature
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