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Self-repairing subsea material

Embryonic faults in subsea high voltage installations are difficult to detect and very expensive to repair. Researchers believe that self-repairing materials could be the answer.

Dec 16, 2014
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Why I'm proud to be a crystallographer

This year I have learnt more that it is probably healthy to know about crystal structures. I've learnt how you can turn a rabbit green with a protein, read up on French military history and marvelled at how a crystal structure can destroy itself. ...

Dec 10, 2014
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The gold standard

Precious elements such as platinum work well as catalysts in chemical reactions, but require large amounts of metal and can be expensive. However, computational modeling below the nanoscale level may allow ...

Dec 09, 2014
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Making light do the work of intricarene synthesis

Intricarene was first isolated from a Caribbean coral. Now an Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich team has, for the first time, photochemically synthesized the compound in the laboratory, using levels ...

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Bioplastic – greener than ever

Polylactic acid is a degradable plastic used mostly for packaging. To meet the rising demand, ETH researchers have developed an eco-friendly process to make large amounts of lactic acid from glycerol, a waste ...

Gut bacteria from a worm can degrade plastic

Plastic is well-known for sticking around in the environment for years without breaking down, contributing significantly to litter and landfills. But scientists have now discovered that bacteria from the ...

Transparent oxide glass with rubber-like property

Flexible substances that can withstand high temperatures are much sought after for various industrial and engineering applications. Types of glass made from oxides are hard at room temperature and fracture ...

Extreme materials and ubiquitous electronics

Nearly everyone seems to carry a cell phone or tablet. But if Tomás Palacios' vision of the future of electronics comes to bear, it will be increasingly difficult to separate electronics from all the other ...

A new secondary explosive with high thermal stability

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich chemists have developed a new secondary explosive which has a significantly higher thermal stability than the commonly used pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN) and is ...

Chemists fabricate novel rewritable paper

First developed in China in about the year A.D. 150, paper has many uses, the most common being for writing and printing upon. Indeed, the development and spread of civilization owes much to paper's use as ...

Quantum physics just got less complicated

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'Hairclip' protein mechanism explained

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Bioasphalt with lignin in Zeeland

Bioasphalt for roads in Zeeland, a Dutch province, is being developed by Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research, the Asfalt Kennis Centrum (Asphalt Knowledge Centre, AKC) and the company H4A from Sluiskil ...

Venus Express goes gently into the night

Confirmation bias in studies of gamma ray bursts

How to teach all students to think critically

The origin of the language of life

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