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On the path to metallic hydrogen

Hydrogen, the most common element in the universe, is normally an insulating gas, but at high pressures it may turn into a superconductor. Now, scientists at the Carnegie Institution in Washington D.C., US, have discovered a hydrogen-based compound that could be helpful in the search for metallic and superconducting forms of hydrogen.

Aug 3rd, 2009

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Nanocontainers built into self-healing surfaces

The engineers' dream of self-healing surfaces has taken another step towards becoming reality - researchers have produced a electroplated layer that contains tiny nanometer-sized capsules. If the layer is damaged, the capsules release fluid and repair the scratch.

Aug 3rd, 2009

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