News tagged with colloidal particles

Rounding up the BCATs on the Space Station

Although it may not be herding cats exactly, all the NASA-supported Binary Colloidal Alloy Tests (BCAT) studies have ended on the International Space Station, and the experimental samples are being rounded ...

May 13, 2014
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Smart materials investigated on space station

If you have a smartphone, take it out and run your fingers along the glass surface. It's cool to the touch, incredibly thin and strong, and almost impervious to scratching. You're now in contact with a "smart material."

Nov 27, 2013
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Weird science: Crystals melt when they're cooled

(Phys.org) —Growing thin films out of nanoparticles in ordered, crystalline sheets, to make anything from microelectronic components to solar cells, would be a boon for materials researchers, but the physics ...

May 23, 2013
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What do phasons look like?

(Phys.org) -- When illuminated by laser light, assorted colloidal particles can arrange themselves into highly ordered structures called quasicrystals. By changing the phases of the lasers, researchers can ...

Jun 06, 2012 feature
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