Shape Shifting Materials Researchers Is Not A Term You Here Everyday. Materials that can change or remember their shape can be used to make devices that unfold and fold themselves (like solar panels on a spacecraft), without the use of a mechanical actuator. These nano-materials can be made to change shape using heat or wavelengths […]

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Electric Motors And Combustion Engines To Benefit From A New Alloy. If combustion engines ever hope to compete in the long term with electric motors there needs to be an industry changing development that allows for a step change in energy efficiency. Modern combustion engines using gasoline are typically less that 20% efficient. 

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New Advancements Into Making Rubber Products Stronger. In an article published in Carbon, Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan and Dr Maria Iliut from Manchester have shown that adding a very small amount of graphene, the world’s thinnest and strongest material, to rubber films can increase both their strength and the elasticity by up to 50%.

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Making Bioplastic Stronger. Eggshells are both marvels and afterthoughts. Placed on end, they are as strong as the arches supporting ancient Roman aqueducts. Yet they readily crack in the middle, and once that happens, we discard them without a second thought.

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New Gum Disease Treatment Needed. Severe gum disease known as periodontitis can lead to tooth loss, and treating it remains a challenge. But new approaches involving silicon nitride, a ceramic material used in spinal implants, could be on the way.

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Metallic Glass Developed In The Laboratory. Researchers are always looking for new material with unique characteristics that can be used to solve manufacturing and design limitations for new products. Engineers have created a new material with an unusual chemical structure that makes it incredibly hard and yet elastic.

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What Slugs Can Teach Us About Airplane Deicing. For the frequent flyers out there, the thought of sitting on the tarmac while a team of workers sprays deicing chemicals all over the outside of your airplane is an unpleasant but necessary reality. Ice on the wings or fuselage can add so much weight to the plane […]

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New Research Makes Manufactured Micro-Objects Possible. Scientists at ETH Zurich and IBM Research Zurich have developed a new technique that enables for the first time the manufacture of complexly structured tiny objects joining together microspheres.

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New Research Uses Light To Design New Materials. Light of a certain wavelength can be used to put so-called active materials into motion and control their movement. In the future, this discovery can become significant in widely different areas such as environmental protection, medicine and the development of new materials which can be programmed.

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New High Tech Materials Needed. The search for new materials that will perform be lighter, stronger and cheaper that what is available today continues with researchers around the world. New ground breaking products are possible with newly developed materials.

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