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What they found was that the gel these particles formed also "wants" to be a crystal, but it fails to become one due to the formation of icosahedra-like structures — exactly as Frank had predicted.
"It is the formation of these structures that underlie jammed materials and explains why a glass is a glass and not a liquid — or a solid," Royall said.
Originally posted by Quazga
This is great... Next time someone tries to convince me that glass is solid, now I know better!
i was having a crap day until i read this response. No offense intended towards the OP - but i was thinking the same thing whne i scrolled down and read this reply omg i cant stop laughing about it
doesnt the pure definition of a solid material such that its atoms are blocked? Dead serious question. If my thoughts on this are correct, then these scientists have just discovered the the moon isnt made of cheese...
its not a liquid because its a solid
its a solid because its atoms are blocking one another
am i the only one confused (it happens a lot)