Let there be light: Chemists develop magnetically responsive liquid crystals
Chemists at the University of California, Riverside have constructed liquid crystals with optical properties that can be instantly and reversibly controlled by an external magnetic field. The research opens ...
Flexible, transparent thin film transistors raise hopes for flexible screens
(Phys.org) —The electronics world has been dreaming for half a century of the day you can roll a TV up in a tube. Last year, Samsung even unveiled a smartphone with a curved screen—but it was solid, not ...
Liquid crystal as lubricant
Thanks to a new lubricant, small gears can run with virtually no friction. Made from liquid crystalline fluid, these lubricants drastically reduce friction and wear.
Device could boost image quality for phones, computers and TVs
(Phys.org) —A device created by UCLA researchers could lead to a significant leap in the quality of images on smartphones, computer displays, TVs and inkjet printers.
A greener source of polyester—cork trees
On the scale of earth-friendly materials, you'd be hard pressed to find two that are farther apart than polyester (not at all) and cork (very). In an unexpected twist, however, scientists are figuring out ...
Making the most of carbon nanotube-liquid crystal combos
Dispersions of carbon nanotubes with liquid crystals have attracted much interest because they pave the way for creating new materials with added functionalities. Now, a study published in European Physical Jo ...
Scientists combine bacteria with liquid crystals
(Phys.org) —When swimming around, bacteria aren't good with the "pool rules." In small quantities, they'll follow the lanes, but put enough together and they'll begin to create their own flow.
Japan LCD screen giant plans $4.0 bn share sale
Japan Display, the world's biggest maker of screens for smartphones and tablet computers, on Monday announced details of a share offering that could raise up to $4.0 billion.
Living liquid crystals: Bacteria-filled liquid crystals could improve biosensing
Plop living, swimming bacteria into a novel water-based, nontoxic liquid crystal and a new physics takes over. The dynamic interaction of the bacteria with the liquid crystal creates a novel form of soft ...
It's alive! Scientists combine liquid crystals and living bacteria
Liquid crystal turns water droplets into 'gemstones'
(Phys.org) —Liquid crystals are remarkable materials that combine the optical properties of crystalline solids with the flow properties of liquids, characteristics that come together to enable the displays ...
What your candles and TV screen have in common
The next time you light a candle and switch on your television ready for a relaxing evening at home, just think. These two vastly different products have much more in common than you might imagine.
Researchers grow liquid crystal 'flowers' that can be used as lenses
(Phys.org) —A team of material scientists, chemical engineers and physicists from the University of Pennsylvania has made another advance in their effort to use liquid crystals as a medium for assembling ...
Liquid crystal sensing badges monitor hazard exposure
In 1999, researchers in New York City identified the first case of West Nile virus, which over the next five years spread across the country. Infected mosquitoes transmit the virus into reptiles, amphibians, ...