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This liquid crystal confined in a capillary shows a feather-like texture. This results from the competition between the elasticity of the liquid crystal and anchoring of the liquid crystal to the surface of the capillary.
Journalists wishing to reproduce this image for news stories about related research should include the following image credit: Joonwoo Jeong, A. G. Yodh, Tom C. Lubensky (University of Pennsylvania), and Peter J. Collings (University of Pennsylvania & Swarthmore College).