Scientists Just Proved the Existence of ‘Liquid Glass’

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

First predicted nearly 20 years ago, researchers have finally (and accidentally) proved the existence of a new state of matter: ‘liquid glass’.
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Glass is not a very slow moving liquid as some like to claim, unless we’re talking cosmic time scales, but it is an unusual solid. While crystals tend to line up in neat orderly patterns, glass plays by different rules. Its structure is random and unpredictable, so it’s known as an amorphous solid. While we tend to think of the silica based material used for windows and phone screens as glass, any rigid amorphous solid can be one. Plastic, for example, is a glass too.

Why glass forms this way, why it doesn’t line up into neat rows except under theoretically impossible conditions—that is the mystery that keeps drawing scientists back to this material. And that’s why one group based out of Germany decided to try something new. They mixed plastic particles that ranged from one to ten micrometers in diameter with a solvent to form what’s called a colloid. A solvent is just a substance in which materials can dissolve to form a solution and colloids can be anything from jam to milk.

Colloids can form glass and are easy to study because the particles in them are much bigger than atomic scale and can be observed under a microscope. From there, scientists can draw conclusions about what’s happening in other materials at smaller scales. Glass experiments with colloids are hardly new, but until now they had always been done with spherical nanoparticles.

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Rikadomez March 3, 2021 - 9:37 PM

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Phil March 3, 2021 - 9:47 PM

Ick. Vocal fry on. Sound off. Captions on.

W. Brandon Heidel March 4, 2021 - 1:33 AM

You mentioned that glass isn't slow moving. It would be great if you could explain why original glass windows in houses from the early 1900s, and earlier, tent to look like they have sagged and are wavy because of the apparent glass sagging over time

Marvin Kitfox March 4, 2021 - 3:02 AM

Step 1:) redefine what the word "glass" means
Step 2:) Redefine what the word "liquid" means.
EUREKA! We have invented liquid glass.

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Before: isn’t it already liquid?

bil March 8, 2021 - 6:51 PM

Glass is glass, and glass break
Liquid glass : "well, its complicated"

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Automatically breaking classic glass ceilings of matter

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it is just to annoying that our school still teaches that glass is a 'super-cooled liquid' and refuses when we correct them

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I thought I read “liquid gas” so that’s why I clicked

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