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Nano-Engineers Produce Liquid-Repellent Paper

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January 9, 2014
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Through a nano-engineering process, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have changed the chemical properties of paper to give it the ability to repel liquid more efficiently and at lower cost than existing materials. As Ben Gruber reports, it looks and feels like conventional paper, but that's where the similarities end.


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The Physics Behind Oracle's America's Cup Victory

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Transitional Bio Electric Human (Part 1 of 3): A Look A Things to Come..

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