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New printing process makes 3D objects glow

Conventional electroluminescent foils can be bent up to a certain degree only and can be applied easily onto flat surfaces. A new process now allows for the direct printing of electroluminescent layers onto three-dimensional components.

Posted: May 20th, 2015

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What happens inside a membrane

Little is known about how the proteins forming ion channels - the 'pores' on the cell membrane - change when they open and close, especially the portion that is 'embedded' in the membrane. Scientists have invented a method, based on the combined and innovative use of known techniques, which allowed them to observe in detail a specific membrane protein and its structural changes.

Posted: May 20th, 2015

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Controlling light by pairing two exotic 2-D materials

Researchers have found a way to couple the properties of different two-dimensional materials to provide an exceptional degree of control over light waves. They say this has the potential to lead to new kinds of light detection, thermal-management systems, and high-resolution imaging devices.

Posted: May 20th, 2015

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Seashell strength inspires stress tests

By modeling the average mollusk's mobile habitat, researchers are learning how shells stand up to extraordinary pressures at the bottom of the sea. The goal is to learn what drove these tough exoskeletons to evolve as they did and to see how their mechanical principles may be adapted for use in human-scale structures like vehicles and even buildings.

Posted: May 19th, 2015

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Tunable liquid metal antennas

Using electrochemistry, researchers have created a reconfigurable, voltage-controlled liquid metal antenna that may play a huge role in future mobile devices and the coming Internet of Things.

Posted: May 19th, 2015

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