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Engineers create structures tougher than bulletproof vests

Researchers at UT Dallas have created new structures that exploit the electromechanical properties of specific nanofibers to stretch to up to seven times their length, while remaining tougher ...

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Graphene sandwich makes new form of ice

Unusual square structure suggests how flattened water can zip through tight channels.

Wed 25 Mar 15 from Nature News

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Using viruses to augment boiling and condensation processes

Legions of viruses that infect the leaves of tobacco plants could be the key to making power plants safer, heating and cooling of buildings more efficient, and electronics more powerful. These ...

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Novel plastic could spur new green energy applications, 'artificial muscles'

A plastic used in filters and tubing has an unusual trait: It can produce electricity when pulled or pressed. This ability has been used in small ways, but now researchers are coaxing fibers ...

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Copper atoms bring a potential new battery material to life

Lithium-ion batteries are an important component of modern technology, powering phones, laptops, tablets and other portable devices when they are not plugged in. They even power electric vehicles. ...

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Study demonstrates desalination with nanoporous graphene membrane

Less than 1 percent of Earth's water is drinkable. Removing salt and other minerals from our biggest available source of water—seawater—may help satisfy a growing global population thirsty for ...

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Gold and other valuable metals may be harvested from sewage

Mining operations tend not be very good for the environment, nor does the disposal of treated solid waste that still contains potentially-toxic metals. Now, however, scientists are looking into ...

Tue 24 Mar 15 from Gizmag

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LiquiGlide poised to market superhydrophobic coating for wide range of products

(—Newly created company LiquiGlide has announced that they have landed a contract with Elmer's glue to provide a superhydrophobic coating for glue bottles, allowing consumers to more ...

Wed 25 Mar 15 from

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Gecko feet inspire adhesion tech that can be turned on and off

In various types of manufacturing, parts are robotically picked and placed using graspers or suction cups. The former can damage fragile items, however, while the latter won't work in vacuums ...

24 hours ago from Gizmag

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Group creates light-emitting electrochemical cell for use in textiles

A large team of researchers in China has developed a type of light emitting electrochemical cell (LEC) that can be woven into fabric material. As the team notes in their paper published in the ...

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