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Gentle caffeine boost for premature babies

Swiss researchers have developed a UV-activated membrane which releases a gentle dose of medication to the skin of a patient. In future those who fear injections will be able to sleep soundly, as will premature ...

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The fix is in: Team studies self-healing polymers

(Phys.org) —A surfboard that seals its own cracks without having to cure in the sun for days. Underwater structures that can be fixed with less work and downtime. Joints that are almost instantly stronger ...

Aug 07, 2014
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Two teams pave way for advances in 2D materials

This month's headlines on two-dimensional polymers showed noteworthy headway. "2-D Polymer Crystals Confirmed At Last," said Chemical & Engineering News. "Engineers Make the World's First Verified, 2-Dimensional P ...

Jul 31, 2014 weblog
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Spiders spin possible solution to 'sticky' problems

Researchers at The University of Akron are again spinning inspiration from spider silk—this time to create more efficient and stronger commercial and biomedical adhesives that could, for example, potentially ...

May 16, 2014
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New class of industrial polymers discovered

(Phys.org) —Scientists from IBM Research have successfully discovered a new class of polymer materials that can potentially transform manufacturing and fabrication in the fields of transportation, aerospace, ...

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings

The mechanical properties of natural joints are considered unrivalled. Cartilage is coated with a special polymer layer allowing joints to move virtually friction-free, even under high pressure. Using simulations ...

High-strength materials from the pressure cooker

A Surprise in Materials Chemistry: At Vienna University of Technology, materials for lightweight construction, protective clothing or sports equipment can be produced at high temperatures and high pressures. ...

Seeing dinosaur feathers in a new light

Making lab-grown tissues stronger

Heart's own immune cells can help it heal

It looks like rubber but isn't

The experimental and numerical study of the behaviour of polymers in concentrated solutions is a line of research that is still highly active. In the past, it enabled us to understand why materials like rubber ...

Lenovo wraps up purchase of Motorola phone unit

Social ties matter beyond bushfires

Exploring the value of 'Energy Star' homes

Preparing for a zero-emission urban bus system

The economics of age gaps and marriage

Blending faith and science to combat obesity

UH researcher works on plant-based plastics

A researcher with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has begun work to develop plant-based plastics and rubbers, preparing for a future when petroleum—currently the feedstock for most plastics—isn't ...

Polymers can be semimetals

Polymers can behave like insulators, semiconductors and metals – as well as semimetals. Twenty researchers, under the leadership of Xavier Crispin, Docent in organic electronics at Linköping University, ...

Future air passengers may get unique, windowless view

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