Phase transition may explain how brain neurons encode information
Crystals take a chill pill: A thermomechanical theory of low-temperature melting
Learning more about phase transitions in small systems
Origin of magnetic fields may lie in special relativity's spacetime distortions
Scientists find metallic magnet with largest yet atomic displacement during thermal expansion
Looking for critical behavior in graphene
Exerting better control over matter waves
Observing the Quantum Hall Effect in 'Real' Space
Simulations reveal formation of some glassy materials like the setting of a bowl of gelatin
Gelatin sets by forming a solid matrix full of random, liquid-filled pores—much like a saturated sponge. It turns out that a similar process also happens in some metallic glasses, substances whose molecular ...
Researchers confirm intrinsic superconductor behavior revealed
(Phys.org)—When it comes to high-temperature superconductors, a class of materials called cuprates is king, and it is science's ongoing quest to determine their exact physical subtleties. Cornell physicists ...
Big Bang under the microscope
(Phys.org)—Scientists have replaced the telescope with the microscope: Using the similarities between the structure of a crystal and the state of the cosmos in the early universe, they have explored a yet ...
Flexing fingers for micro-robotics: Scientists create a powerful, microscale actuator
Researchers with the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an elegant and powerful new microscale actuator that can flex like ...
The self-improvement of lithium-ion batteries
(Phys.org)—The search for clean and green energy in the 21st century requires a better and more efficient battery technology. The key to attaining that goal may lie in designing and building batteries not ...
New study reveals unexpected disappearance of superconducting fluctuations at super-cold temperatures
(Phys.org)—The next generation of sustainable energy systems, from magnetic storage to offshore wind turbines, hinges in part on high-temperature superconductors (HTS), which can carry current with zero ...