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How antifreeze proteins stop ice cold

How do insects survive harsh northern winters?  Unlike mammals, they don't have thick coats of fur to keep warm.  But they do have antifreeze. Antifreeze proteins (AFPs) prevent ice from forming and spreading inside their ...

dateJul 09, 2018 in Condensed Matter
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The physics of better batteries

Harvard University researchers are using physics to solve one of the biggest challenges in designing light-weight, long-lasting batteries: how to squeeze more energy into less space.

dateJun 26, 2018 in Condensed Matter
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Water can be very dead, electrically speaking

In a study published in Science this week, the researchers describe the dielectric properties of water that is only a few molecules thick. Such water was previously predicted to exhibit a reduced electric response but it ...

dateJun 21, 2018 in Condensed Matter
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Diamond watch components

SNSF-funded researchers have developed a new technique for carving materials to create micromechanical systems. In particular, they have created a miniscule watch component out of synthetic single-crystal diamond.

dateJun 18, 2018 in Condensed Matter
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Breaking laws, making glass

The laws that explain how pizza gets uniformly cooked in an oven are not valid for systems of atoms at ultracold temperatures. A team of researchers at the Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems, within the Institute ...

Enhancing 'breath figures' using electric fields

Breath figures are the typical condensation patterns we know from breathing on a cold surface. In physics, this term is used to describe dropwise condensation patterns. The evolution of these patterns and roll-off of droplets ...

Team introduces novel method to grow elastic diamonds

Diamond is the strongest naturally occurring material on Earth. It is also renowned for its high stiffness, exceptional thermal conductivity, high chemical resistance, and high optical transparency. Although these remarkable ...

Research reveals how order first appears in liquid crystals

Liquid crystals undergo a peculiar type of phase change. At a certain temperature, their cigar-shaped molecules go from a disordered jumble to a more orderly arrangement in which they all point more or less in the same direction. ...

X-ray laser reveals ultrafast dance of liquid water

Water's lack of color, taste and smell make it seem simple – and on a molecular level, it is. However, when many water molecules come together they form a highly complex network of hydrogen bonds. This network is believed ...

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Putting bacteria to work
Study finds key to plant growth control mechanism

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