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Unless stabilized by colloids or confinement with well-defined boundary conditions, defects in liquid crystals remain elusive short-lived objects that tend to disappear with time to minimize the medium's free energy. In this work we use multimodal three-dimensional imaging to visualize cholesteric director structures to show that self-assembled chiral molecular monolayer domains can stabilize topologically constrained defect configurations when in contact with a cholesteric liquid crystal. The cholesteric liquid crystal, having features of both coarse-grained lamellar and nematic liquid crystal with chiral symmetry breaking, allows us to explore the interplay of chirality and implications of layering on the formed defects and director configurations.
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If British mountain biking had a royal family, it would be the Atherton siblings. But that is not to diminish their achievements, after all fame is not always the motivating factor for sporting excellence and the Atherton siblings have a trophy cabinet that would be the envy of many. However, for this trio of exceptional bike riders, what drives them, is the development their sport, and a desire to push the limits on and off the bike to ensure its long term future.
In previous centuries they gave birth to famous sportsmen and Queen Elizabeth I may have somehow nudged Sir Francis Drake into bowls. Other than that, their position was somewhat sidelined. Women could play sport, amass trophies, even be admitted to the hallowed Long Room at Lords bybut it is now, in the 21st century — with a female Sports Minister looking like she means business, women running football clubs, and the Lionesses generating a fascinated following — that we can truly sense the tide turning.
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Some of us will dabble in racing at some point in our MTB lives and some of us will choose to leave it to the pros and admire from the sidelines. The Norweigan born teenager has already made a strong impression on the race scene for being someone to look out for. Having raced downhill since a young age, Millie is finally entering her first World Cup season in the Junior league under the invaluable guidance from the Atherton Academy.