Neutrons Open Window to Explore Space Glass

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a bead of space glass
A team of scientists from nine institutions in government, academia, and industry discovered that many kinds of glass have similar atomic structure and can successfully be made in space. A bead of space glass is shown in the image (credit: Phoenix Pleasant/ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy).

June 18, 2024 | Originally published by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) on May 21, 2024

Thanks to human ingenuity and zero gravity, we reap important benefits from science in space. Consider smartphones with built-in navigation systems and cameras.

Such transformational technologies seem to blend into the rhythm of our everyday lives overnight. But they emerged from years of discoveries and developments of materials that can withstand harsh environments outside our atmosphere. They evolved from decades of laying foundations in basic science to understand how atoms behave in different materials under different conditions.

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