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Layered liquids arrange nanoparticles into useful configurations

March 26th, 2019
Materials scientists have theorized a new 'oil-and-vinegar' approach to engineering self-assembling materials of unusual architectures made out of spherical nanoparticles. The resulting structures could prove useful to applications in optics, plasmonics, electronics and multi-stage catalysis.

Model learns how individual amino acids determine protein function

March 25th, 2019
A machine-learning model computationally breaks down how segments of amino acid chains determine a protein's function, which could help researchers design and test new proteins for drug development or biological research.

New heart valve aimed at high-risk patients

March 25th, 2019
Researchers have created the first-ever nanocomposite biomaterial heart-valve developed to reduce or eliminate complications related to heart transplants. By using a newly developed technique, the researchers were able to build a more durable valve that enables the heart to adapt faster and more seamlessly.

4D-printed materials can be stiff as wood or soft as sponge

March 22nd, 2019
Imagine smart materials that can morph from being stiff as wood to as soft as a sponge - and also change shape. Rutgers University-New Brunswick engineers have created flexible, lightweight materials with 4D printing that could lead to better shock absorption, morphing airplane or drone wings, soft robotics and tiny implantable biomedical devices.

A laser technique proves effective to recover material designed to protect industrial products

March 18th, 2019
The system has been validated for non-stick and anticorrosive coatings used in the manufacturing of a wide range of objects from car engines to kitchen utensils.

Water-resistant electronic skin with self-healing abilities created

March 18th, 2019
Inspired by jellyfish, researchers have created an electronic skin that is transparent, stretchable, touch-sensitive, and repairs itself in both wet and dry conditions. The novel material has wide-ranging uses, from water-resistant touch screens to soft robots aimed at mimicking biological tissues.

Light provides control for 3D printing with multiple materials

March 12th, 2019
Scientists have developed a novel 3D printer that uses patterns of visible and ultraviolet light to dictate which of two monomers are polymerized to form a solid material. Different patterns of light provide the spatial control necessary to yield multi-material parts.

Novel technology aims to improve lithium metal battery life, safety

March 11th, 2019
Rechargeable lithium metal batteries with increased energy density, performance, and safety may be possible with a newly-developed, solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI), according to researchers.

Scientists engineer mouse ‘smart house’ to study behavior

March 7th, 2019
Researchers have developed a 'smart house' for mice, that allows them to study the animals' behavior with minimal disturbance for periods of up to 18 months.

Engineers develop inexpensive, smart stop sign to improve driver safety

March 6th, 2019
According to the US Department of Transportation, more than half of all roadway fatalities occur on rural roads. Now engineers are building and testing a low-cost, self-powered thermal system that will detect vehicles, improve the visibility of stop signs and prevent early deaths.
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