Materials Science

  1. Materials Science

    X Rays to Go: Carbon nanotubes could shrink machines

    A new type of X-ray machine operates at room temperature by producing X-ray-generating electrons with carbon nanotubes instead of traditional heated metal filaments.

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  2. Materials Science

    Spring in your step? The forces in cartilage

    Researchers are uncovering the role of molecular forces in cartilage's ability to resist compression.

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  3. Materials Science

    Wiregate: Metallic picket fence flips magnetic bits

    Rather than relegate magnetic fields to the usual backup role of data storage for computers, a new microcircuit exploits those fields for computation, possibly leading to cheaper, lower-power chips than traditional electronic ones.

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  4. Materials Science

    Tiny gems on steps find future in films

    The discovery of diamond-crystal seeds on steps in silicon may lead to long-sought, large wafers of pure, single-crystal diamond for electronics and other uses.

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  5. Materials Science

    Impurity clouds from all sides now

    For the first time, scientists have obtained detailed, three-dimensional images of line defects in steel.

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  6. Materials Science

    Small-scale glues stick to surfaces

    Tailored molecular glues can connect together tiny particles for nanotechnology applications.

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  7. Materials Science

    Beyond Jell-O: New ideas gel in the lab

    Researchers have created a new class of hydrogels that might prove useful in tissue engineering, drug delivery, and other biomedical applications.

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  8. Materials Science

    Self-Sutures: New material knots up on its own

    Researchers have used a new biodegradable material to make surgical sutures that knot and tighten themselves as they warm to body temperature.

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  9. Materials Science

    Membrane Mastery: Nanosize silica speeds up sieve

    A novel modification to polymer membranes gives researchers a means to tune certain filters so they separate molecules more quickly and more selectively.

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  10. Materials Science

    Steely Glaze: Layered electrolytes control corrosion

    Experiments with ultrathin organic coatings applied to steel suggest a new technique for slowing corrosion.

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  11. Materials Science

    A Field of Diminutive Daisies

    Researchers have created tiny daisies as a demonstration of a new technique that creates three-dimensional structures from carbon nanotubes.

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  12. Materials Science

    Osmium is Forever: Rare metal’s strength humbles mighty diamond’s

    A new route to materials harder than diamond may have opened with the surprising finding that the rare metal osmium resists compression better than diamond does.

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