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New concrete composite can heal itself

In the human body, small wounds are easily treated by the body itself, requiring no further care. For bigger wounds to be healed, the body may need outside assistance. Concrete is like a living body, in that ...

dateJun 30, 2015 in Materials Science
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Actuators that mimic ice plants

Engineers developing moveable robot components may soon take advantage of a trick plants use. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam and Harvard University in Cambridge ...

dateJun 30, 2015 in Materials Science
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Aromatic couple makes new chemical bonds

Esters have been identified to act as a new and clean coupling partner for the carbon-carbon bond forming cross-coupling reaction to make useful compounds for pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and organic materials.

dateJun 29, 2015 in Materials Science
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A novel switching mechanism for adhesion

Lizbeth Prieto-López, PhD student working with Professor John Williams in the Mechanics, Materials and Design division, is designing a novel switching mechanism for adhesion that uses Van der Waals forces.

dateJun 25, 2015 in Materials Science
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