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Building shape inspires new material discovery

Physicists inspired by the radical shape of a Canberra building have created a new type of material which enables scientists to put a perfect bend in light. The creation of a so-called topological insulator could transform the telecommunications industry's drive to build an improved computer chip using light.

Posted: Mar 24th, 2015

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Health-conscious concrete

Roads that self-repair, bridges filled with first-aid bubbles, buildings with arteries...not some futuristic fantasy but a very real possibility with 'smart' concrete.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2015

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New technique could bring quality-control tool for nanocomposites

Layered nanocomposites containing tiny structures mixed into a polymer matrix are gaining commercial use, but their complex nature can hide defects that affect performance. Now researchers have developed a system capable of detecting such defects using a Kelvin probe scanning method with an atomic force microscope.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2015

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Graphene applications in mobile communication

No matter what the wireless standard, signal processing could not be done without the filtering of frequencies. Micro-acoustic piezoelectric resonators are the dominant technology in the market for this purpose. Theory predicts excellent oscillation characteristics for these resonators, if the electrode used for the excitation of the oscillation becomes very light. And the lightest conceivable electrode is electrically conductive graphene.

Posted: Mar 23rd, 2015

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