Latest liquid Stories

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...

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...

2005-03-04 07:42:38

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -- Using a technique employed by astronomers to determine stellar surface temperatures, chemists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have measured the temperature inside a single, acoustically driven collapsing bubble. Their results seem out of this world. "When bubbles in a liquid get compressed, the insides get hot -- very hot," said Ken Suslick, the Marvin T. Schmidt Professor of Chemistry at Illinois and a researcher at the...

2005-02-01 07:00:00

100 years after Einstein's landmark work on Brownian motion, physicists have discovered a new concept of temperature that could be the key to explaining how ice and snow particles flow during an avalanche, and could lead to a better way of handling tablets in the pharmaceutical industry. This research is reported today in a special Einstein Year issue of the New Journal of Physics  published jointly by the Institute of Physics and the German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische...

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