Category Archives: Matter

What If – Yao Zhecheng

What if the universe we live in has a different Planck constant? What if high-temperature superconductors are discovered? What if we can store the power of lightening for everyday use? This week’s fact of the week will seek to provide … Continue reading

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Magnetorheological fluid – Catharine Lo

Remember the ferrofluid that Luyu introduced during the camp.  It is made up of nanoparticles of ferromaterials that become magnetised under a magnetic field.  Now let us look at another type of fluid. A magnetorheological fluid (MR fluid) is another … Continue reading

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Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble… a closer look at cavitation – Chew Hong En

The next time you boil water in a beaker over a Bunsen flame, consider how the water actually boils: Even before reaching boiling point, small bubbles begin to form near the base and sides of the beaker, with the bubbling … Continue reading

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Semiconductors and Diodes – Soham Ghosh

As all of the world would agree, semiconductors are one of the major creations of Physics in the field of electronics. Semiconductors are almost an essential part of every circuit and integrated circuit today.  So this week’s fact of the … Continue reading

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Glass: Liquid or Solid? – Chew Hong En

A widespread urban legend is that stained glass windows in medieval cathedrals are thicker at the bottom because the glass flows slowly downward like a very viscous liquid. Appealing as it is, this is unfortunately a myth: Until the 19th … Continue reading

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