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Relaxation leads to lower elasticity

Together with the crosslinking molecule fascin, actin filaments build an interconnected network whose elasticity decreases with increasing age. Deploying a wide-ranging combination of experimental techniques, researchers have now managed to cast light on the source of these changes.

Posted: Mar 2nd, 2011

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Stronger than steel, novel metals are moldable as plastic

Some recently developed bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) - metal alloys that have randomly arranged atoms as opposed to the orderly, crystalline structure found in ordinary metals - can be blow molded like plastics into complex shapes that can't be achieved using regular metal, yet without sacrificing the strength or durability that metal affords.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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Carbon nanotube aerogel may improve robotic surgery, energy storage

University of Central Florida Associate Professor Lei Zhai and postdoctoral associate Jianhua Zou have engineered the world's lightest carbon material in such a way that it could be used to detect pollutants and toxic substances, improve robotic surgery techniques and store energy more efficiently.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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Placing graphene on boron nitride improves its electronic properties

The study of the physical properties and potential applications of graphene, however, has suffered from a lack of suitable carrier materials that can support a flat graphene layer while not interfering with its electrical properties. Researchers in the University of Arizona's physics department along with collaborators from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Materials Science Institute in Japan have now taken an important step forward toward overcoming those obstacles.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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New Institute for Applied Materials will pool materials research at KIT

Thanks to materials science and technology, fried eggs no longer stick to the pan, computers calculate more rapidly, and tunnels can be drilled through massive rock. Increasingly complex technical challenges are faced by advancements in the research and development of materials. To bundle its competencies in this area, KIT has founded the Institute for Applied Materials (IAM) and plans to establish a new course of study.

Posted: Mar 1st, 2011

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