The chaos typical of liquid molecules, and the ordering characteristics of crystals. There are states of matter connecting such contradictory features: liquid crystals. Thanks to an innovative application of antimatter, it has been demonstrated that the structures formed by certain molecules of liquid crystals must in fact be different than previously thought.
Scientists have devised a clever combination of materials - when used during the thin-film growth process - to reveal that particle atomic layer deposition, or p-ALD, deposits a uniform nanometer-thick shell on core particles regardless of core size, a discovery having significant impacts for many applications since most large scale powder production techniques form powder batches that are made up of a range of particles sizes.
A $3 million grant to Northeastern University to establish the Advanced Nanomanufacturing Cluster for Smart Sensors and Materials, a consortium of private manufacturing companies and tier-one research universities working on new methods to create smart sensors and other revolutionary materials using nanoscale printing processes.
Liquid water is a very good heat storage medium - anyone with a Thermos bottle knows that. However, as soon as water boils or freezes, its storage capacity drops precipitously. Physicists have now observed very similar behavior in a gas of light particles.