Category Archives: New and Interesting

Electric Charge, Surfactants, Bubble Nucleation, and …

… Boiling of Water! Here’s a neat video about the work. Here’s a quote from an MIT News story on the research: “The whole concept relies on the fact that whether a surface is hydrophobic or hydrophilic will affect the … Continue reading

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A Computational Look into Melting Predicts a Very High Melting Compound

This paper from Axel van de Walle’s group sounds interesting: Researchers predict material with record-setting melting point [see also this WaPo story]: The experimental record-holder is a substance made from the elements hafnium, tantalum, and carbon (Hf-Ta-C). But these new … Continue reading

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Microstructures are everywhere!

The backstory behind this stunning, prize-winning image is as interesting as the image itslef, which is from a half-millimeter sized splatter of water on a silicon chip, almost at its edge.

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Volleyballene!

One more theoretical prediction about a supermolecule with 20 selenium atoms and 60 carbon atoms whose architecture resembles that of a volleyball (arXiv link to the paper): The simulation gives a remarkably detailed picture of the properties of the new … Continue reading

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Moire Animals!

If you know something about Moiré fringes (in materials, we encounter them primarily in transmission electron microscopy; see also the Wikipedia entry on Moiré patterns), you will appreciate Andrea Minini’s Animals in Moiré, a collection of black and white illustrations.

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Giant, Gorgeous Crystals

Here’s a video trailer for a 50-minute long movie entitled The Mystery of the Giant Crystals which “has been made freely available by Madrid Scientific Films and Triana Sci & Tech with the support of the International Union of Crystallography … Continue reading

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A computational look into melting

Here’s a neat computational study published in last week’s Science: Microscopic mechanisms of equilibrium melting of a solid by Amit Samanta, Mark E. Tuckerman, Tang-Qing Yu, Weinan E [though you might first want to read the commentary — Melting mechanisms: … Continue reading

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