News tagged with solid surfaces

Rethinking surface tension

( —If you've ever watched a drop of water form into a bead or a water strider scoot across a pond, you are familiar with a property of liquids called surface tension.

dateAug 30, 2013 in General Physics
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Stain-free, self-cleaning clothing on the horizon

( —Since 2011, the Harvard research team that created Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces has demonstrated a spate of sleek applications for the super-slick coating known as SLIPS, which repels nearly any substance ...

dateJan 14, 2014 in Nanomaterials
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Habitable zones

( -- The "habitable zone" is the region around a star where a suitable planet could sustain the conditions necessary for life. Most astronomers take it to be the region where the balance between stellar radiation ...

dateAug 22, 2011 in Astronomy
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The zero gravity coffee cup

High above our planet in the realm of satellites and space stations, the familiar rules of Earth do not apply. The midday sky is as black as night. There is no up and no down. Dropped objects do not fall, and hot air does ...

dateJul 15, 2013 in Space Exploration
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