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Soft is strong

The mechanisms that govern the rate at which glasses soften on heating have long been a mystery. The finding that colloids can mimic the full range of glass-softening behaviours offers a fresh take on the problem.

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Figure 1: Colloidal relaxation times are analogous to liquid fragility.


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Angell, C., Ueno, K. Soft is strong. Nature 462, 45–46 (2009).

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