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Engineers design ‘living materials’

Hybrid materials combine bacterial cells with nonliving elements that can conduct electricity or emit light. Inspired by natural materials such as bone — a matrix...

Acoustic Cloaking Device Hides Objects from Sound

Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world’s first...

Researchers Create Powerful Muscles From Fishing Line, Thread

Thermal-Powered Technology Could Be Used For Superhuman Exoskeletons, Realistic Robots, Adjustab An international team led by The University of Texas at Dallas has discovered that...

Researchers build nonflammable lithium ion battery

In studying a material that prevents marine life from sticking to the bottom of ships, researchers have identified a surprising replacement for the only...

The ocean’s hidden waves show their power

Their effect on the surface of the ocean is negligible, producing a rise of just inches that is virtually imperceptible on a turbulent sea....

Small changes make a face more memorable, without changing overall appearance

Do you have a forgettable face? Many of us go to great lengths to make our faces more memorable, using makeup and hairstyles to...

Argonne Lab: Cheap new solar panel material could be game changer

A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently, and requiring...

Using sound waves for bomb detection

A remote acoustic detection system designed to identify homemade bombs can determine the difference between those that contain low-yield and high-yield explosives. That capability –...

Growing Bacteria Keep Time, Know Their Place

Working with a synthetic gene circuit designed to coax bacteria to grow in a predictable ring pattern, Duke University scientists have revealed an underappreciated...

Droplets get a charge out of jumping

In a completely unexpected finding, MIT researchers have discovered that tiny water droplets that form on a superhydrophobic surface, and then “jump” away from...

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