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Shampoos, paints, cements, and soft body armor that stiffens under impact are just a few of the materials whose rheology is due to the change in viscosity that occurs when colloidal fluids experience shear stress.
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Shear thickening in colloidal dispersions
Phys. Today 62, 10, 27 (2009); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3248476