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2010-12-03 15:58:28

Hit it hard and it will fracture like a solid"¦ but tilt it slowly and it will flow like a fluid. This is the intriguing property of a type of "Ëœcomplex fluid' which has revealed "Ëœnew physics' in research by scientists at The University of Nottingham. The new findings will be highly useful to the manufacturing industry because the processing and dispensing of everyday products like toothpaste, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and foodstuffs depends on an understanding...

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2010-11-12 06:00:00

It's an occurrence that happens so fast it cannot be followed by the human eye.  However, researchers at MIT, Virginia Tech and Princeton University announced on Thursday that they have solved the mystery of how cats lap liquids with such elegance. Using high-speed cameras, the researchers found that domestic cats and larger felines like tigers use their tongues to delicately draw up water without breaking the surface of the liquid, harnessing a perfect balance between the physical...

2010-09-11 02:06:03

X-rays are the medium of choice for many scientific studies. When you shine them on a sample, they literally shed light on the material's structure, providing loads of information about it. Unfortunately, this mostly applies to solids only, since the sample has to be in a vacuum for the entire time it is being irradiated with soft X-rays. For liquids, that means you have to remove all the water. In the case of biological samples such as proteins, however, this destroys their natural...

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2010-06-10 06:20:00

Scientists reported on Wednesday that bubbles do not just disappear when they pop, but actually deflate in a rapid cascade of bubbles. The physics behind this bursting effect seems to hold true whether the liquid is as thin as water or as thick as heavy oil, suggesting a universal theory of how bubbles behave when they break. According to the study published in the British journal Nature, a host of practical applications could follow in areas ranging from health care to climate to glass...

2010-04-21 13:55:56

Supercooling, a state where liquids do not solidify even below their normal freezing point, still puzzles scientists today. A good example of this phenomenon is found everyday in meteorology: clouds in high altitude are an accumulation of supercooled droplets of water below their freezing point. Scientists from the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA), the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the ESRF have found an...

2010-01-26 07:00:00

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Hailing from San Diego, California, Nikki Nova, a lead vocalist with Liquid Blue, has beat out some of the best singers from around the world to reach the Top 10 in MN Idol, which was broadcast on live TV to over 100 million viewers. Nikki's achievement is all the more impressive when you consider she does not speak any form of Chinese but has sung throughout the competition in a dialect called "Minnan," out-performing a host of native speakers. One...

2009-06-09 09:54:16

U.S. physicists are using an ultra-fast laser to create metal that can attract, repel and guide liquids. University of Rochester scientists said they are able to create a simple slab of metal that lifts liquid using the same principle as do trees to lift water from the ground -- capillary action -- but at a much faster rate, the researchers said. Associate Professor Chunlei Guo, who led the study, and researcher Anatoliy Vorobyev, use an ultra-fast burst of femtosecond laser light to change...

2009-06-02 14:25:04

Ultra-fast laser makes metal that attracts, repels and guides liquidsIn nature, trees pull vast amounts of water from their roots up to their leaves hundreds of feet above the ground through capillary action, but now scientists at the University of Rochester have created a simple slab of metal that lifts liquid using the same principle"”but does so at a speed that would make nature envious.The metal, revealed in an upcoming issue of Applied Physics Letters, may prove invaluable in...

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2009-05-07 09:32:06

A new study from Northwestern University shows what many mothers already know: their babies are a lot smarter than others may realize. Though only five months old, the study's cuties indicated through their curious stares that they could differentiate water in a glass from solid blue material that looked very much like water in a similar glass. The finding that infants can distinguish between solids and liquids at such an early age builds upon a growing body of research that strongly suggests...

2008-09-05 12:00:24

By Gary Flockhart IT'S a frustrating way to start an interview - standing at the side of the stage at Birmingham's Barfly, Glasvegas' James Allan struggling to make himself heard as his band continue to rehearse minus their singer. Disconcertingly, he keeps talking for a full five minutes before he realises it is just not going to work. Eventually, he forms a plan. "Rab, have you got the keys to the van?" he shouts out to his towering guitarist cousin through the noise. "I'll just get...