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Upcycling polyethylene plastic waste into lubricant oils

October 25, 2019

Plastics pervade almost every aspect of modern life, but once they have served their purpose, it’s tough to…
Achieving Ultra-Low Friction Without Oil Additives

October 7, 2016

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new process for treating metal surfaces that has the…
How the stick insect sticks (and unsticks) itself

October 7, 2015

New research shows the fluid found on insects’ feet does not help them adhere to vertical and inverted…
Slip sliding away: Graphene and diamonds prove a slippery combination

May 25, 2015

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use tiny diamonds…
Science of friction: keeping things moving in space

May 21, 2015

For more than four decades, an unremarkable building in an industrial estate on the edge of Warrington, UK,…
Researchers Address Long-standing Mysteries Behind Anti-wear Motor Oil Additive

March 13, 2015

The pistons in your car engine rub up against their cylinder walls thousands of times a minute; without…
Slippery when dry: Graphene proves a long-lasting lubricant

October 14, 2014

When trying to design a mechanical system to last as long as possible, scientists and engineers have to…
Liquid crystal as lubricant

May 21, 2014

Thanks to a new lubricant, small gears can run with virtually no friction. Made from liquid crystalline fluid,…
Water found to be an ideal lubricant for nanomachines

September 2, 2013

Researchers from the University of Amsterdam have discovered that machines just one molecule in size move far quicker…
Auto lubricant could rev up medical imaging

August 6, 2013

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have built a device that could speed up medical imaging without…
Sustainable material could replace petroleum-based chemicals used in household detergents, lubricants

May 28, 2013

An Iowa State graduate student is another step closer in the development of a bio-based raw material to…
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