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States of matter describe the distinct ways certain groups of particles arrange themselves with various temperatures and forces. Historically, these descriptions have focussed on a material’s shape and volume, giving us just three traditional states: solid, liquid, and gas.   Read more…


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Polarons are important nanoscale phenomena: a transient configuration between electrons and atoms (known as quasiparticles) that exist for only trillionths of a second. These configurations have unique characteristics that can help us understand some of the mysterious behaviours of the materials Read more…


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Graphene continues to dazzle us with its strength and its versatility – exciting new applications are being discovered for it all the time, and now scientists have found a way of manipulating the wonder material so that it can better Read more…


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Scientists have created new kinds of ‘living materials’ by tweaking the base ingredients of kombucha – the popular tea drink fermented with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (aka SCOBY).   This kind of ‘tea fungus’ – sometimes called Read more…

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