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March 1, 2017

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March 1, 2017

Synthetic Tooth Enamel May Lead to More Resilient Structures

Mar. 1, 2017 — Unavoidable vibrations, such as those on airplanes, cause rigid structures to age and crack, but researchers may have an answer for that -- design them more like tooth enamel, which could lead to ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — Researchers examined whether new industrial applications could be developed for various types of sludge and fly ash generated by the paper and board ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — Mechanochromic luminescent (MCL) materials change their color in response to a change in their environment, like pressure and temperature. To date, most MCL materials only change between two colors, ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — Chemical compounds that emit light are used in a variety of different materials, from glow-in-the-dark children’s toys to LED lights to light-emitting sensors. As the demand for these compounds ... read more

Feb. 27, 2017 — A super-material that bends, shapes and focuses sound waves that pass through it has been invented by scientists, outlines a new ... read more

Feb. 25, 2017 — Cutting-edge research and development can help solve some of the challenges associated with drug delivery, say ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Origami-inspired materials use folds in materials to embed powerful functionality. However, all that folding can be pretty labor intensive. Now, researchers are drawing material inspiration from ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — An efficient hydrogen storage system has been developed that could be a boon for hydrogen powered ... read more

New Polymer Additive Could Revolutionize Plastics Recycling

Feb. 24, 2017 — Only 2 percent of the 78 million tons of manufactured plastics are currently recycled into similar products because polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP), which account for two-thirds of the ... read more

Feb. 24, 2017 — Scientists have succeeded in creating 'fiber-reinforced soft composites,' or tough hydrogels combined with woven fiber fabric. These fabrics are highly flexible, tougher than metals, and ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — A new study of the chemistry of technetium-99 has improved understanding of the challenging nuclear waste and could lead to better cleanup ... read more

As Thin as an Atom: A Revolutionary Semiconductor for Electronics

Feb. 23, 2017 — Semiconductors that are as thin as an atom are no longer the stuff of science fiction. A new two-dimensional material could revolutionize electronics, say ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Ionotronic devices rely on charge effects based on ions, instead of electrons or in addition to electrons. These devices open new opportunities for creating electrically switchable memories. ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Scientists have created a three-dimensional organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart's amazing biomechanical properties in order to study cardiac disease, determine the effects that different ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Engineers discover that an organic material self-assembles directly next to borophene, forming an ideal interface for electronic ... read more

Scientists Decipher the Nanoscale Architecture of a Beetle's Shell

Feb. 22, 2017 — A professor of mechanical and materials engineering has found a way to analyze the fibrous nanostructure of a beetle's lightweight but durable ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — A team of researchers argues that the nitrate anion can display a counterintuitive Lewis acidity. Their findings may serve as a (retrospective) guide to interpret data involving the chemical behavior ... read more

Scientists Discover How Essential Methane Catalyst Is Made

Feb. 22, 2017 — New ways to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane gas for energy use are a step closer after scientists discovered how bacteria make a component that facilitates the process. Recycling CO2 into ... read more

Science Versus the 'Horatio Alger Myth'

Feb. 22, 2017 — In a new study scientists have taken a condensed matter physics concept usually applied to the way substances such as ice freeze, called 'frustration,' and applied it to a simple social ... read more

Unravelling the Atomic and Nuclear Structure of the Heaviest Elements

Feb. 22, 2017 — Little is known about the heaviest, radioactive elements in Mendeleev's table. But an extremely sensitive technique involving laser light and gas jets makes it possible for the very first time ... read more

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