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Herringbone pattern in plant cell walls critical to cell growth

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Plant cells tend to grow longer instead of wider due to the alignment of the many layers of…
Small world: atom-scale materials are the next tech frontier

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Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the…
Treated and untreated pieces of lumber submerged in water. The lumber on the left has been treated using atomic layer deposition. It resists absorbing water even when submerged. On the right is untreated lumber shown for comparison. It readily soaks up water, causing a color change within seconds. (Credit: Allison Carter, Georgia Tech)
New Process For Preserving Lumber Could Offer Advantages Over Pressure Treating

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Pressure-treating – which involves putting lumber inside a pressurized watertight tank and forcing chemicals into the boards –…
A scanning electron microscope image shows two traces of laser-induced graphene on a polyimide film. A laser mounted to the microscope was used to burn the patterns into the film. The technique shows promise for the development of flexible electronics. Image credit: Tour Group
Graphene forms under microscope’s eye

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You don’t need a big laser to make laser-induced graphene (LIG). Scientists at Rice University, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville…
New etching technique could advance the way semiconductor devices are made

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Novel technique for advancing the way semiconductors are made. Microelectronics like semiconductor devices are at the heart of…
Fireproof, lightweight solid electrolyte for safer lithium-ion batteries

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Lithium-ion batteries are in everything from cell phones to cars. However, recent incidents involving fires or explosions of…
DNA nanotechnology to detect cancer biomarkers

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How to detect diseases at the earliest stages of development? This is the problem raised by most scientists…
Studying Electrons, Bridging Two Realms of Physics: Connecting Solids and Soft Matter

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Condensed matter physics, which analyzes the behavior of electrons in organized solid matter, has been treated as a…
Focusing target gives powerful boost to NIF’s ARC

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have employed compound parabolic targets to achieve relativistic effects associated with significantly greater…
A fast light detector made of two-dimensional materials

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Two research groups at ETH Zurich have joined forces to develop a novel light detector. It consists of…
It’s all in the delivery — nanoparticle platform could transform medical treatments

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Optimeos Life Sciences, a startup founded by two Princeton University faculty members, has reached agreements with six pharmaceutical…
Combined data approach could accelerate development of new materials

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Machine learning augments experimental and computational methods for cheaper predictions of material properties. Researchers in Japan have developed…
Bubble-capturing surface helps get rid of foam

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Bubbly buildup can hinder many industrial processes, but a new method can reduce or even eliminate it. In…
This 3D printing system would print gel scaffolds, or support structures, for growing human tissues. The system would include hyaluronic acid and polyethylene glycol as the basic “ink cartridges” and other cartridges featuring inks with different cells and ligands that serve as binding sites for cells. Image credit: Madison Godesky/Rutgers University
Superior “Bio-Ink” for 3D Printing Pioneered

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Rutgers biomedical engineers have developed a “bio-ink” for 3D printed materials that could serve as scaffolds for growing…
CCNY chemists develop safer hydrogenation processes

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Safe and environmentally-friendly hydrogen gas on-demand could be on the horizon following a new “hydrogenation” chemical process in…
New commuter concern: cancerous chemical in car seats

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Airborne pollutant emanates from the inside. The longer your commute, the more you’re exposed to a chemical flame…
Predicting chaos using aerosols and AI

February 10, 2020

If a poisonous gas were released in a bioterrorism attack, the ability to predict the path of its…
First-of-its-kind hydrogel platform enables on-demand production of medicines and chemicals

February 10, 2020

A team of chemical engineers has developed a new way to produce medicines and chemicals and preserve them…
Making light work: light beams communicate with one another through solid matter

February 7, 2020

A collaboration between McMaster and Harvard researchers has generated a new platform in which light beams communicate with…
Researchers develop a roadmap for growth of new solar cells

February 7, 2020

Materials called perovskites to show strong potential for a new generation of solar cells, but they’ve had trouble…
Tiny Springs Improve Electronic Reliability

February 7, 2020

Space exploration comes with many giant challenges, but some of them are downright tiny. One project to solve…
Simple, solar-powered water desalination

February 7, 2020

A completely passive solar-powered desalination system developed by researchers at MIT and in China could provide more than…
How manipulating ligand interactions in metal clusters can spur advances in nanotechnology

February 7, 2020

Ligand-protected metal clusters in assembled structures show peculiar properties, which are different from those of corresponding bulk metals.…
The shape of water: what water molecules look like on the surface of materials

February 7, 2020

Water is a familiar substance that is present virtually everywhere. The properties of the first few layers of…
Magnetic Micro-robots Use Capillary Forces to Coax Particles into Position

February 7, 2020

At microscopic scales, picking, placing, collecting and arranging objects is a persistent challenge. Advances in nanotechnology mean that…
Schematics of the structure of tetrathiafulvalene-p-chloranil (TTF-CA). Image credit: Kanoda Laboratory
Electric surprise: organic material effectively conducts electric current

February 7, 2020

Researchers discovered that a special kind of organic material conducts electric current far more effectively than was expected.…
Batteries – Charged up on sodium

February 7, 2020

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated that sodium-ion batteries can serve as a low-cost, high performance substitute…
Argonne engineers streamline jet engine design

February 7, 2020

Research that’s fueled to take off. Anyone who looks to the stars also dreams of going to space.…
Engineers mix and match materials to make new stretchy electronics

February 6, 2020

Next-generation devices made with new “peel and stack” method may include electronic chips worn on the skin. At…
Treating wastewater with ozone could convert pharmaceuticals into toxic compounds

February 6, 2020

With water scarcity intensifying, wastewater treatment and reuse are gaining popularity. But some methods for killing microbes in…
Improving adhesives for wearable sensors

February 6, 2020

By conveniently and painlessly collecting data, wearable sensors create many new possibilities for keeping tabs on the body.…
Researchers Develop Safer Ways to Dispose of Electronics

February 6, 2020

A printed circuit board (PCB) provides physical support and electrical connectivity for the electronic components inside the gadgets…
Measuring the wear and tear of metals

February 6, 2020

For the past 50 years, researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) have been conducting detailed…
Can ionic liquids transform chemistry?

February 6, 2020

Table salt is a commonplace ingredient in the kitchen, but a different kind of salt is at the…
A New Way to Trace Nanoparticles Inside the Skin

February 6, 2020

Researchers from Sechenov University together with their colleagues from Australia conducted a series of experiments with upconversion luminescent…
Induced Flaws in Metamaterials Can Produce Useful Textures and Behavior

February 6, 2020

While a piece of paper is usually flat and floppy, the same piece of paper crumpled into a…
Using a model system of glass particles, researchers from Penn found "solid bridges" formed by smaller-size particles between larger ones. The same bridges were present in suspensions of clay, a common component of natural soils. These structures provided stability, the team found, even when a moving channel of water threatened to wash the particle clumps away. Image credit: Jerolmack laboratory
Looking to mud to study how particles become sticky

February 6, 2020

It happens outside every time it rains: The soil gets wet and may form sticky mud. Then it…
Simulation software for sustainability

February 6, 2020

A software tool is created to help engineers more accurately model thermal materials. The Simulator for Phonon Transport…
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Roll up: growing crystals onto the surface of carbon nanotubes

February 6, 2020

For decades, carbon nanotubes held great promise of developments in the field of electronics and more. But one…
Crystal-stacking process can produce new materials for high-tech devices

February 6, 2020

The magnetic, conductive and optical properties of complex oxides make them key to components of next-generation electronics used…
Here’s cheers to a new use for CO2 from the atmosphere

February 6, 2020

Here’s cheers to a new use for CO2 from the atmosphere. At a time when CO2 levels in the…
Cathode ‘Defects’ Improve Battery Performance

February 6, 2020

A counterintuitive finding revealed by high-precision powder diffraction analyses suggests a new strategy for building better batteries. Engineers…
Scientists Learn More about the First Hours of a Lithium-ion Battery’s Life

February 6, 2020

New technology enables nanoscale molecular view of self-assembling gateway structure within. The first hours of a lithium-ion battery’s…
Argonne and Washington University scientists unravel mystery of photosynthesis

February 6, 2020

Researchers at Argonne and Washington University in St. Louis work to solve age-old mystery of how plants harness…
SHIIVER is 13-foot diameter test tank built by NASA to evaluate technologies aimed at reducing the evaporation or “boiloff” losses in large cryogenic storage tanks for human exploration missions. Image credits: NASA
SHIIVER: Changing the way NASA Keeps it Cool

February 5, 2020

When deep space exploration missions launch, like NASA’s future Artemis missions to the Moon, they carry liquids with them for…
Stepping Up Spintronics with Room-temperature Magnetism in Molybdenum Oxide Nanoflakes

February 4, 2020

Spintronic devices, which use electron spin to process data, are emerging at the forefront of semiconductor applications. Staying…
New electrode design may lead to more powerful batteries

February 4, 2020

New research by engineers at MIT and elsewhere could lead to batteries that can pack more power per…
Scientists discover new non-sticky gels

February 4, 2020

Until now gels have been made of particles that stick to one another to form a network. The…
Closely spaced hydrogen atoms could facilitate superconductivity in ambient conditions

February 4, 2020

An international team of researchers has discovered the hydrogen atoms in a metal hydride material are much more…
Finding the source of chemical reactions

February 4, 2020

Scientists are constantly searching for the source of things like the origin of the universe, matter or life.…
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