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‘Sensing skin’ could monitor the health of concrete infrastructure continually and inexpensively

June 29th, 2011
Civil engineers and physicists have designed a new method for the electronic, continual monitoring of concrete infrastructure. The researchers say a flexible skin-like fabric with electrical properties could be adhered to areas of structures where cracks are likely to appear, such as the underside of a bridge, and detect cracks when they occur. Installing this "sensing skin" would be as simple as gluing it to a structure's surface.

Effect of Dissolved Organic Carbon on the Transport and Attachment Behaviors of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and Carboxylate-Modified Microspheres Advected through Temperate Humic and Tropical Volcanic Agricultural soil

June 28th, 2011

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es2003342

Scientists pioneer nanoscale nuclear materials testing capability

June 26th, 2011
A technique for testing irradiated materials on the nanoscale has yielded results on the macroscale. The technique uses electron microscopy with mechanical testing in situ; it could accelerate new materials for nuclear power applications and improve testing of nuclear power plants already in service.

Fate of Perfluorinated Carboxylates and Sulfonates During Snowmelt Within an Urban Watershed

June 21st, 2011

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es200106q

Perfluorinated Carboxylic Acids in Directly Fluorinated High-Density Polyethylene Material

June 20th, 2011

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es1043968

Perfluorochemical (PFC) Exposure in Children: Associations with Impaired Response Inhibition

June 17th, 2011

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es103712g

New sensor to measure structural stresses can heal itself when broken

June 15th, 2011
Researchers have designed a sensor that can measure strain in structural materials and is capable of healing itself -- an important advance for collecting data to help us make informed decisions about structural safety in the wake of earthquakes, explosions or other unexpected events.

When size matters: Nanotechnology for energy efficiency

June 15th, 2011
Researchers are using nanotechnology to create new energy efficient materials. With the increasing worldwide demand for energy, there is a pressure to use the finite energy resources wisely while reducing one of the major areas of energy consumption -- transportation, which accounts for more than 20% of the world’s total primary energy and produces much of the world’s pollution.

Compaction bands in sandstone are permeable: Findings could aid hydraulic fracturing, other fluid extraction techniques

June 6th, 2011
When geologists survey an area of land for the potential that gas or petroleum deposits could exist there, they must take into account the composition of rocks that lie below the surface. Previous research had suggested that compaction bands might act as barriers to the flow of oil or gas. Now, researchers have analyzed X-ray images of sandstone and revealed that compaction bands are actually more permeable than earlier models indicated.

Thomas Edison also invented the concrete house, researcher says

June 1st, 2011
Afficionados of modern poured-concrete design were in for a rude awakening last month when they heard Matt Burgermaster's presentation at the 64th annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians. He illustrated how Thomas Edison invented and patented in 1917 an innovative construction system to mass produce prefabricated and seamless concrete houses. Typically most people associate this style of architectural design and type of building technology with the European avant-garde of the early 20th century.
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