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  1. chair with flame resistant tag
    Chemistry

    Plant-based fire retardants may offer a less toxic way to tame flames

    Flame retardants created from plant materials could be less harmful to the environment than traditional flame-smothering chemicals.

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  2. graphene friction
    Physics

    Scientists seek materials that defy friction at the atomic level

    Scientists investigate superslippery materials and other unusual friction feats.

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  3. liquid droplets
    Materials Science

    Permanent liquid magnets have now been created in the lab

    Magnets that generate persistent magnetic fields are usually solid. But new little bar magnets have the mechanical properties of liquids.

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  4. an image of two diamonds
    Materials Science

    Latest claim of turning hydrogen into a metal may be the most solid yet

    If true, the study would complete a decades-long quest to find the elusive material. But such claims have been made prematurely many times before.

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  5. bulletproof vest
    Materials Science

    50 years ago, bulletproof armor was getting light enough to wear

    In 1969, bulletproof armor used boron carbide fibers. Fifty years later, bulletproof armor is drastically lighter and made from myriad materials.

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  6. Langoustine claws
    Chemistry

    How seafood shells could help solve the plastic waste problem

    Chitin and chitosan from crustacean shells could put a dent in the world’s plastic waste problem.

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  7. graphene-based foam
    Materials Science

    A new graphene foam stays squishy at the coldest temperatures

    Researchers have now made a material that is superelastic even at extremely cold temperatures, which could be helpful in space.

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  8. spider
    Materials Science

    Bacteria can be coaxed into making the toughest kind of spider silk

    Lab-altered bacteria have made a copy of a spider’s strongest silk strands, which could one day be used to make more sturdy materials.

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  9. microscopic water droplets showing iridescent rings of colored light
    Physics

    How droplets of oil or water can glow vibrant colors

    Viewed from various angles, tiny droplets of water or oil glow different colors under white light.

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