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Novel Smart Materials Inspired by Sea Creatures

August 12, 2016

A suite of new materials developed in the lab of UConn researcher Luyi Sun can change their appearance…
Cryo-electron microscope research reveals structure and mechanism of Bluetongue virus

December 15, 2015

Bluetongue disease is a viral infection that has killed approximately 2 million cattle in Europe over the past…
Scientists found that metallic glasses have a fractal atomic-level structure

September 21, 2015

Metallic glasses are rather curious materials. They may appear to look like stainless steel, but yet differ from…
Nano-beads for the steel forge

September 13, 2015

The crystal structure of metals can change at linear defects, which should affect the properties of the materials.…
Boxfish shell inspires new materials for body armor and flexible electronics

August 5, 2015

The boxfish’s unique armor draws its strength from hexagon-shaped scales and the connections between them, engineers at the…
Working to transform ordinary metals into smart materials

April 24, 2015

Aerospace, robotic and medical technologies are among those that might be vastly improved if better and less costly…
Sea sponge anchors are natural models of strength

April 7, 2015

The Venus’ flower basket sea sponge has hair-like appendages that hold it in place on the sea floor.…
Charred micro-bunny sculpture shows promise of new material for 3-D shaping

May 30, 2013

Researchers in Japan used state-of-the-art micro-sculpting techniques on a new type of resin that can be molded into…
A blueprint for reversible wrinkling in composite materials

April 29, 2013

A new model gives scientists guidelines to develop ‘smart’ composite materials with wrinkled microstructures. Many natural composite materials…
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