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The stiffest porous lightweight materials ever

December 12th, 2018
Researchers have developed and manufactured a family of architectures that maximizes the stiffness of porous lightweight materials. It's practically impossible to develop stiffer designs.

Chemical engineers develop new theory to build improved nanomaterials

December 11th, 2018
Researchers have developed a new theory to better predict how nanoclusters will behave when a given metal is introduced to their structure.

Shape-shifting origami could help antenna systems adapt on the fly

December 10th, 2018
Researchers have devised a method for using an origami-based structure to create radio frequency filters that have adjustable dimensions, enabling the devices to change which signals they block throughout a large range of frequencies.

Using machine learning to design peptides

December 10th, 2018
Scientists have developed a way of finding optimal peptide sequences: using a machine-learning algorithm as a collaborator. The algorithm analyzes experimental data and offers suggestions on the next best sequence to try, creating a back-and-forth selection process that reduces time needed to find the optimal peptide. The results could provide a new framework for experiments across materials science and chemistry.

Method to transfer entire 2D circuits to any smooth surface

December 6th, 2018
Engineers have developed a method to transfer complete, flexible, two-dimensional circuits from their fabrication platforms to curved and other smooth surfaces. Such circuits are able to couple with near-field electromagnetic waves and offer next-generation sensing for optical fibers and other applications.

Method to transfer entire 2D circuits to any smooth surface

December 6th, 2018
Engineers have developed a method to transfer complete, flexible, two-dimensional circuits from their fabrication platforms to curved and other smooth surfaces. Such circuits are able to couple with near-field electromagnetic waves and offer next-generation sensing for optical fibers and other applications.

US interstate highways need overhaul, says new report

December 6th, 2018
The future of the US Interstate Highway System is threatened by a persistent and growing backlog of structural and operational deficiencies and by various looming challenges, such as the progress of automated vehicles, developments in electric vehicles, and vulnerabilities due to climate change.

A new way to see stress — using supercomputers

November 30th, 2018
Supercomputer simulations show that at the atomic level, material stress doesn't behave symmetrically. Widely-used atomic stress formulae significantly underestimate stress near stress concentrators such as dislocation core, crack tip, or interface, in a material under deformation. Supercomputers simulate force interactions of Lennard-Jones perfect single crystal of 240,000 atoms. Study findings could help scientists design new materials such as glass or metal that doesn't ice up.

‘Sudoku’ X-Ray uncovers movements within opaque materials

November 30th, 2018
Researchers have developed a new X-ray method which involves solving a giant 3D Sudoku problem to better understand these granular movements -- and the findings could have a big impact on various industries.

Innate ‘fingerprint’ could detect tampered steel parts

November 28th, 2018
Researchers using magnetic signals have found unique 'fingerprints' on steel, which could help to verify weapons treaties and reduce the use of counterfeit bolts in the construction industry.
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