Monthly Archives: October 2007

Magnets and Earthquakes

Karin Dahmen of Urbana gave a wonderful talk at KITP on similarity between Berkhausen avalanches in magnetic materials and earthquakes. Crackling noise you hear when you pour milk onto the rice crispies, the noise due to switching of magnetic domains, … Continue reading

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Secrets of universal random close packing, plus wedging the phase diagrams

Two quick highlights – one from soft matter and another from hard condensed matter. First highlight is a PRL with an intriguing title ” Why is Random Close Packing Reproducible?” by Randall Kamien and Andrea Liu. In very simple terms, … Continue reading

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