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Off-the-shelf materials lead to self-healing polymers (w/video)

Look out, super glue and paint thinner. Thanks to new dynamic materials developed at the University of Illinois, removable paint and self-healing plastics soon could be household products. A slight tweak in chemistry to elastic materials made of polyurea, one of the most widely used classes of polymers in consumer goods, yields materials that bond back together on a molecular level without the need for other chemicals or adhesives.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2014

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Cellular surgeons: The new era of nanomedicine (w/video)

Pills the size of molecules to seek and destroy tumors. Miniscule robots performing surgery inside patients with a precision never before achieved. Nanobots, a billionth of a meter across, fixing mutations in DNA, or repairing neurons in your brain. Such are the possibilities as medicine enters the nanotechnology-era.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2014

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Diamond defect boosts quantum technology

New research shows that a remarkable defect in synthetic diamond produced by chemical vapor deposition allows researchers to measure, witness, and potentially manipulate electrons in a manner that could lead to new quantum technology for information processing.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2014

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Testing nanomedicine with blood cells on a microchip

Designing nanomedicine to combat diseases is a hot area of scientific research, primarily for treating cancer, but very little is known in the context of atherosclerotic disease. Scientists have engineered a microchip coated with blood vessel cells to learn more about the conditions under which nanoparticles accumulate in the plaque-filled arteries of patients with atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of myocardial infarction and stroke.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2014

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Lifting the lid on silicon batteries

Resolving the mystery of what happens inside batteries when silicon comes into contact with lithium could accelerate the commercialisation of next-generation high capacity batteries, for use in mobile phones and other applications.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2014

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The sp2 graphene selection

Scientists have shown that indium and indium(I) chloride can be successfully used for the selective removal of epoxide groups to regenerate the sp2-conjugated system of graphene oxide.

Posted: Feb 4th, 2014

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