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February 19, 2017

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February 19, 2017

Digital Fabrication in Architecture

Feb. 17, 2017 — Society faces enormous challenges in constructing high-quality, future-oriented built environments. Construction sites today look much like the building sites did at the beginning of the 20th ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — An international team of scientists used an X-ray laser to determine the structure of an insect virus’s crystalline protein ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Research on the use of magnets to steer light has opened the door to new communications systems which could be smaller, cheaper and more agile than fiber ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — A key advancement in the design of high performance carbon-based electronics has been made by scientists, outlines a new ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Researchers report a new bilayer material, with each layer measuring less than one nanometer in thickness, that someday could lead to more efficient and versatile light ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — The unique spinning technique used by the venomous American brown recluse spider could inspire scientific developments and improve materials used in space travel, suggest ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Scientists have developed a method to obtain structural details on molecules in lipid membranes near gold nanoparticles. Their method, called SABERS, could help researchers who study drug delivery ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Modern computer technology is based on the transport of electric charge in semiconductors. But this technology's potential will be reaching its limits in the near future, since the components ... read more

New Economic Water-Splitting Catalyst: Ruthenium-Based Material

Feb. 15, 2017 — Researchers in South Korea have developed an exiting new catalyst -- a ruthenium (Ru)-based material -- that can split water into hydrogen almost as well as platinum ... read more

Making Sodium-Ion Batteries That Last

Feb. 15, 2017 — Lithium-ion batteries have become essential in everyday technology. But these power sources can explode under certain circumstances and are not ideal for grid-scale energy storage. Sodium-ion ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Researchers have made major progress in the production of two-dimensional polymer-based materials. To produce cloths from monomolecular threads, the scientists used SURMOFs, i.e. surface-mounted ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Every molecule holds a complex landscape of moving atoms – and the ability to single out and examine individual nuclear vibrations may unlock to the secret to predicting and controlling chemical ... read more

Plant-Made Virus Shells Could Deliver Drugs Directly to Cancer Cells

Feb. 15, 2017 — Viruses are extremely efficient at targeting and delivering cargo to cells. Researchers report they have harnessed this well-honed ability -- minus the part that makes us sick -- to develop ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Scientists are exploring whether teaching real-world science through a popular computer game may offer a more engaging and effective educational approach than traditional concepts of instruction. A ... read more

Turning Up the Heat for Perfect (Nano)diamonds

Feb. 14, 2017 — For use in quantum sensing, the bulk nanodiamond crystal surrounding the point defect must be highly perfect. Any deviation from perfection will adversely affect the quantum behavior of the material. ... read more

Extending VCSEL Wavelength Coverage to the Mid-Infrared

Feb. 14, 2017 — There are several important gases that are detectable with mid-infrared light, having wavelengths between 3-4 micrometers. Application-grade Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), however, ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — A new study shows that consumers who invest in an at-home 3-D printer can not only make their money back within six months, but may also see an almost 1,000 percent return on their investment over a ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — Graphene foam reinforced with carbon nanotubes can hold thousands of times its own weight and still bounce back to its full height. The material is thermally stable and highly conductive, making it ... read more

Learning How to Fine-Tune Nanofabrication

Feb. 14, 2017 — Researchers developed a new computational method that may be used to produce tiny wires with diameters 1/100,000th that of a piece of hair, or tiny electrical circuits that can fit on the tip of a ... read more

A Nanofiber Matrix for Healing

Feb. 14, 2017 — A new nanofiber-on-microfiber matrix could help produce more and better quality stem cells for disease treatment and regenerative ... read more

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