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Gleaming prospects

Scratch-resistant spectacle lenses and displays, stainless-steel kitchen units without any fingerprints, antireflective glass on the instrument panels of cars and motorcycles - researchers from six institutes have been collaborating for three years to develop new classes of materials.

Posted: Apr 3rd, 2007

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Atomistic model helps students visualize nanoscale problems

Civil engineers by tradition are concerned with the big picture, but some are refocusing their vision, zooming in to solve minute problems we cannot see with the naked eye, like tiny fractures in polymers, silicon or the molecular structure of proteins.

Posted: Apr 2nd, 2007

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Traces of nanobubbles determine nano-boiling

Using a microscope and photography with shutter speeds only a few nanoseconds long, researchers have uncovered the traces of ephemeral nanobubbles formed in boiling water on a microheater.

Posted: Mar 30th, 2007

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