A high order for a low dimension

IMAGE: Subtle changes in the arrangement of component materials can have a stronger knock-on effect to the bulk material than was previously thought. view more  Credit: © 2020 Kondo et al Spintronics refers to a suite of physical systems which may one day replace many electronic systems. To realize this generational leap, material components that confine […]

Spontaneous robot dances highlight a new kind of order in active matter — ScienceDaily

Predicting when and how collections of particles, robots, or animals become orderly remains a challenge across science and engineering. In the 19th century, scientists and engineers developed the discipline of statistical mechanics, which predicts how groups of simple particles transition between order and disorder, as when a collection of randomly colliding atoms freezes to form […]

Spontaneous robot dances highlight a new kind of order in active matter

IMAGE: When a swarm of smarticles is made to interact in a confined space, they form stunningly symmetric dances whose choreography emerges spontaneously from the physics of low rattling. view more  Credit: Thomas A. Berrueta Predicting when and how collections of particles, robots, or animals become orderly remains a challenge across science and engineering. In the […]

Order and disorder in crystalline ice explained

A fascinating substance with unique properties, ice has intrigued humans since time immemorial. Unlike most other materials, ice at very low temperature is not as ordered as it could be. A collaboration between the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the Institute of Physics Rosario […]

Sri Lanka returns illegal waste to Britain after court order

Sri Lanka has started shipping 242 containers of hazardous back to Britain as more Asian countries fight against being used as the world’s trash dump Sri Lanka has started shipping 242 containers of hazardous waste, including body parts from mortuaries, back to Britain after a two year court battle by an environment watchdog, officials said […]

Order up! AI finds the right material

Material representations that are compatible with machine learning models play a key role in developing models that exhibit high accuracy for property prediction. Credit: College of Engineering Engineers are always looking for materials with very specific properties for their projects. Unfortunately, there are way too many options for researchers to simply guess-and-check until they find […]