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Sustainable electronics manufacturing breakthrough

February 13th, 2019
Researchers are developing an eco-friendly, 3D printable solution for producing wireless Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensors that can be used and disposed of without contaminating the environment.

Developable mechanisms can reside inside the surface of a structure

February 13th, 2019
Engineers detail new technology that allows them to build complex mechanisms into the exterior of a structure without taking up any actual space below the surface. This new class of mechanisms, called 'developable mechanisms,' get their name from developable surfaces, or materials that can take on 3-D shapes from flat conformations without tearing or stretching, like a sheet of paper or metal.

Researchers develop fire-retardant coating featuring renewable materials

February 12th, 2019
Researchers are developing a new kind of flame-retardant coating using renewable, nontoxic materials readily found in nature, which could provide even more effective fire protection for several widely used materials.

Research will help urban planners prioritize bike lanes

February 12th, 2019
A new virtual tool could help planners choose the best places to install bikes lanes in cities. The data-based tool builds on previous research that validated the safety benefits of bike lanes for cyclists and motorists.

Scientists use smartphones to improve dismal rating of nation’s civil infrastructure

February 11th, 2019
In the United States, aging civil infrastructure systems are deteriorating on a massive scale. A recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers gave these systems a D+ rating nationwide on an A-F scale. Now scientists at the have developed smartphone-based technologies that can monitor civil infrastructure systems such as crumbing roads and aging bridges, potentially saving millions of lives.

Researchers use artificial neural networks to streamline materials testing

February 5th, 2019
Investigators have paired artificial neural networks (ANN) with dynamic mechanical analysis to quickly formulate and provide analytics on theoretical graphene-enhanced advanced composites.

Nano-infused ceramic could report on its own health

February 5th, 2019
Ceramics with networked nanosheets of graphene and white graphene would have the unique ability to alter their electrical properties when strained. The surprising ability could lead to new types of structural sensors.

Magnetic teeth hold promise for materials and energy

February 1st, 2019
Researchers have discovered a piece of the genetic puzzle that allows a mollusk to produce magnetite nanomaterials.

Toppled train offers insight into ground motion, origin of 1906 earthquake

January 30th, 2019
By mathematically modeling the movements of a locomotive that toppled from the tracks north of San Francisco during the city's infamous 1906 earthquake, researchers have calculated a lower limit on the earthquake ground motion at the spot of the tipped train.

Measuring stress around cells

January 30th, 2019
Tissues and organs in the human body are shaped through forces generated by cells, that push and pull, to 'sculpt' biological structures. Thanks to a new tool, scientists will now be able to watch, and map these forces.
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