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Creating electricity with caged atoms.

Creating electricity with caged atoms

Thermoelectric materials create electric current when they are used to bridge hot and cold objects. The new class of thermoelectric materials has a special crystal structure that consists of tiny cages that house cerium atoms, which are magnetic. The technical term for crystals that host atoms in cage-like spaces is clathrates. The cerium atoms constantly try to escape their cages and the interaction between the atoms and the cages seems to be responsible for the material’s favourable properties. The experiments showed that the cerium atoms increase the material’s thermopower by 50%.

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Image shows clathrates. Credit: TU Vienna

Sources: I Feaking Love Science & EurekAlert

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Timothy Blais decided that completing his master’s thesis — titled “A New Quantization Condition for Parity-Violating Three-Dimensional Gravity” — wasn’t enough of a challenge. So the physics whiz stepped it up with a musical version set to Queen’s classic anthem “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The cleverly titled “Bohemian Gravity” features brain-flexing science vocabulary set over a background of smooth harmonies. This isn’t Blais’ first scientific tune either — last year, he sang about the Higgs particle to the tune of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.”

“Bohemian Gravity” delves deep into complicated physics references, but even if you don’t understand the science, you can still enjoy the Albert Einstein sock puppet.

Source: A-Capella ScienceMashable

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