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2012-12-28 15:20:24

By showing that tiny particles injected into a liquid crystal medium adhere to existing mathematical theorems, physicists at the University of Colorado Boulder have opened the door for the creation of a host of new materials with properties that do not exist in nature.

Liquid Crystal Research May Lead To Advancement Of Future Applications
2012-12-27 10:23:24

Mathematics explains the observed 'beautiful and complex patterns revealed' in three-dimensional liquid crystal experiments, expected to lead to creation of new materials that can be actively controlled.

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2009-11-25 09:56:26

Chemists and physicists have succeeded in getting custom-shaped microparticles to interact and self-assemble in a controlled way in a liquid crystal.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.