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Apr. 29, 2015 — Since most foam materials are made of petrochemical plastics, they aren’t very climate-friendly. But now an alternative is in sight – a novel foam material produced entirely from wood, which is ... read more

Aid Workers Should Read Through Archaeologists' Notebooks on Building Houses

Apr. 24, 2015 — Aid workers who provide shelter following natural disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes, should consider long-term archaeological information about how locals constructed their homes in the ... read more

Improving Productivity of Welding by Reducing Groove Angle

Mar. 18, 2015 — Scientists have been developing materials and technology suitable for Arctic conditions. Principles for safe and ecological design and manufacturing of structures and devices used for energy ... read more

High Power and High Safety Oxide-Based Negative Electrode Materials for Li-Ion Battery

Mar. 13, 2015 — Researchers have shown electrochemical Li insertion and deinsertion property of Ti-Nb mixed oxide Ti2Nb10O29 (TNO) at high current rate is greatly improved by vacuum annealing. This is mainly ... read more

Laser-Assisted Fabrication Process Enables of Heat-Resistant, Crack-Free Materials

Mar. 12, 2015 — A fabrication technique that uses lasers to deposit superalloys with fewer cracks and excellent mechanical properties has been developed by researchers. Alloys are mixtures of two or more metallic ... read more

Feb. 23, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new, low-cost method to build DNA nanotubes block by block -- a breakthrough that could help pave the way for scaffolds made from DNA strands to be used in applications ... read more

Feb. 16, 2015 — Corannulene is a carbon molecule with a unique shape (similar to the better known fullerene) and promising properties. A team of scientists carried out computer simulations of the molecule’s ... read more

Feb. 11, 2015 — Buildings that rock during an earthquake and return to plumb would withstand seismic shaking better than structural designs commonly used in vulnerable zones of California and elsewhere. A ... read more

Cracks in the Surface Coating of Gas Turbines Are Necessary for Longer Life-Span and Better Thermal Insulation

Feb. 10, 2015 — Gas turbines are used for the production of electricity and in aircraft engines. To increase the life-span of the turbines, they are sprayed with a surface coating. The coating consists of two layers ... read more

Jan. 22, 2015 — Civil Engineers and pre-cast concrete specialists have developed the world’s longest ‘flat pack’ arch ... read more

Jan. 13, 2015 — Using a new system, architects, developers or their clients can view a 3D model of a building in its intended shape, precisely where the building is to be constructed. This will give them a much ... read more

Jan. 5, 2015 — The benefits provided by green walls has been the focus of recent research. A scientist has concluded that walls comprising plants offer great potential for absorbing noise and could be used as ... read more

Dec. 16, 2014 — Embryonic faults in subsea high voltage installations are difficult to detect and very expensive to repair. Researchers believe that self-repairing materials could be the answer. The vital insulating ... read more

Dec. 10, 2014 — Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of ... read more

Dec. 10, 2014 — Scientists have helped to uncover the properties of defects in the atomic structure of magnetite, potentially opening the way for its use in producing more powerful electronic ... read more

Demolition Planning as Part of Construction: Reuse and Recycling of Parts Improves the Eco-Efficiency of Buildings

Dec. 3, 2014 — With good planning, it is possible to promote the reuse of construction and demolition waste and thereby both conserve the environment and save on material costs. In the future, it will be even more ... read more

Dec. 2, 2014 — More than one-third of new commercial building space includes energy-saving features, but without training or an operator's manual many occupants are in the dark about how to use ... read more

Nov. 14, 2014 — Research engineers have been working on military vehicles that feature in Brad Pitt’s new ... read more

Developing Self-Healing Concrete to Improve the Durability of Structures

Nov. 13, 2014 — Manual repairs to structures lead to endless traffic jams everywhere, but imagine that all this misery on the road could be eliminated by means of concrete that repairs itself. That is exactly what a ... read more

Nov. 5, 2014 — From water marks to colored threads, governments are constantly adding new features to paper money to stay one step ahead of counterfeiters. Now a longhorn beetle has inspired yet another way to foil ... read more

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