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Tiny diatoms boast enormous strength

Scientists have recently found that the hard shells of diatoms have the highest specific strength - the strength at which a structure breaks with respect to its density - of any known biological material, including bone, antlers, and teeth.

Posted: Feb 9th, 2016

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Structure of 'smart' nanogels at air/water interface revealed

Scientists used NIPAM-based nanogels synthesised with different percentages of MBA (N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide) as a cross-linker in the range 10-30%, and characterised them at human physiological temperature. Detailed structural studies of these systems on a molecular length scale have not been attempted before now.

Posted: Feb 9th, 2016

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Making sense of metallic glass

Researchers are trying to figure out the rules that govern metallic glass's creation. They are doing this by looking at metallic glasses under extreme pressures. High-pressure research can be used to probe structure on an atomic level and understand a material's state of order or disorder.

Posted: Feb 8th, 2016

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Nanomaterial of a new class

Research scientists have synthesized a material that unites several different properties, and could thereby open the way to new applications in medical engineering and manufacturing.

Posted: Feb 5th, 2016

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