Watch droplets chase each other like predator and prey

Scientists have found a way to make droplets chase each other like predator and prey. It hasn't been done before in a synthetic system.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~7 min

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A zap controls liquid metal at room temp

With a bit of voltage, researchers have shown they can turn droplets of liquid metal into streams the diameter of a human hair.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~5 min

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How mezcal bubbles reveal its booze level

Artisanal makers of mezcal use tiny bubbles to determine when the alcohol level is right. Fluid dynamics researchers investigated how it works.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Solution to viscosity mystery may curb pesticide pollution

Researchers have figured out how to measure the viscosity of droplets. That could help control pesticide spraying, ink-jet printing, and more.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

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Tiny ‘cages’ show how glass goes from liquid to solid

A new experiment let researchers capture the midpoint in glass's transition from liquid to solid at 60,000 frames per second.

Emily Halnon-Oregon • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Giant ice machine leads to glacier ‘slip law’

The huge machine keeps ice at the right temperature to examine how melting glaciers slide. It led to a new "slip law" to benefit future research.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
April 3, 2020 ~5 min

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Why some water droplets bounce on impact

Oddly, some water droplets hitting a surface bounce without ever actually touching it. New research explains why that is.

Alice Scott-Warwick • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~3 min

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Why leftover Cheerios stick together

The "Cheerio effect," a phenomenon that causes small objects to cluster on the surface of a liquid, could help design small aquatic robots, researchers say.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Dec. 19, 2019 ~5 min

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New tech prints flexible electronics on odd surfaces

A new way to print conductive metal onto all sorts of surfaces such as gelatin and rose petals could lead to new kinds of flexible electronics.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
July 29, 2019 ~3 min

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Salad dressing explains the Earth’s magnetic fields

The dressing on your last salad may be a good example of what's happens with the Earth's magnetic fields.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
May 14, 2019 ~4 min

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