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Reconfigurable origami tubes could find antenna, microfluidic uses

Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, may soon provide a foundation for antennas that can reconfigure themselves to operate at different frequencies, microfluidic devices whose properties can change in operation - and even heating and air-conditioning ductwork that adjusts to demand.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2016

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Simplifying solar cells with a new mix of materials

An international research team has simplified the steps to create highly efficient silicon solar cells by applying a new mix of materials to a standard design. Arrays of solar cells are used in solar panels to convert sunlight to electricity.

Posted: Jan 27th, 2016

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Seamless union between metals and plastics

The firm and secure fusion of different materials poses a major challenge, and researchers are working on ways to improve joining techniques - for example by laser surface treatments.

Posted: Jan 27th, 2016

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