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Resistance makes waves

Even physics can give pointers for energy saving. An international team working together with the Centre for Quantum Materials, run by the Max Planck Society in conjunction with the University of British ...

Dec 23, 2013 4.9 / 5 (8) 2

Flexible, stretchable fire-ant rafts

What do Jell-O, toothpaste, and floating fire-ant rafts have in common? All are so-called "viscoelastic" materials, meaning that they can both resist flow under stress, like honey, and they can bounce back ...

Nov 26, 2013 4.3 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

Creating electricity with caged atoms

Clathrates are crystals consisting of tiny cages in which single atoms can be enclosed. These atoms significantly alter the material properties of the crystal. By trapping cerium atoms in a clathrate, scientists ...

Sep 22, 2013 4.9 / 5 (38) 0 | with audio podcast