News tagged with flat surface

Explained: Hydrophobic and hydrophilic

Sometimes water spreads evenly when it hits a surface; sometimes it beads into tiny droplets. While people have noticed these differences since ancient times, a better understanding of these properties, and new ways of controlling ...

dateJul 16, 2013 in General Physics
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The Physics Of A Bump In A Rug

Scientists often have to make sacrifices for their work. Physicist Dominic Vella chopped his bathroom rug into strips, and L. Mahadevan's coauthor ran off with his bookshelf. With these sacrifices, these two teams were able ...

dateOct 20, 2009 in General Physics
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Water droplets prefer the soft touch

( —Researchers have found a way to drive water droplets along a flat surface without applying heat, chemicals, electricity, or other forces: All that's required is varying the stiffness of the surface in the desired ...

dateJun 25, 2013 in General Physics
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