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Mission possible: This device will self-destruct when heated

Researchers have developed heat-triggered self-destructing electronic devices, a step toward greatly reducing electronic waste and boosting sustainability in device manufacturing. They also developed a radio-controlled trigger that could remotely activate self-destruction on demand.

Posted: May 22nd, 2015

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Simulations predict 2D flat liquid

Computer simulations have predicted a new phase of matter: atomically thin two-dimensional liquid. This prediction pushes the boundaries of possible phases of materials further than ever before.

Posted: May 21st, 2015

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Turn that defect upside down

Twin boundaries - which are small, symmetrical defects in materials - may present an opportunity to improve lithium-ion batteries. The twin boundary defects act as energy highways and could help get better performance out of the batteries.

Posted: May 21st, 2015

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Defects can 'Hulk-up' materials

Researchers demonstrated that by irradiating a thermoelectric semiconductor with high-energy alpha particles, they can control native defects in the crystal so that these defects actually enhance the performance of the thermoelectric material by a factor of up to ten.

Posted: May 21st, 2015

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Porous platinum superparticles make better catalysts

Scientists have developed a generalized strategy for the synthesis of mesoporous colloidal superparticles made of nanocrystals of platinum-group metals through self-limited growth of metal nanocrystals (or precursors) and silver halide in individual colloidal particles.

Posted: May 20th, 2015

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Amazing microdroplet structures may lead to new technologies

Rersearchers have created unexpected shapes of mesoscale atoms - structures built of microdroplets encapsulated within microdroplets. The discovery was possible with a new method for precise control over placement of tiny segments of liquid, one in another. With further progress in innovative microfluidic systems, the method may find use in medicine and materials science.

Posted: May 20th, 2015

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