Advanced Materials

Researchers produce ultra-light aerogel

A research team headed by Professor Gao Chao have developed ultra-light aerogel – it breaks the record of the world's lightest material with surprising flexibility and oil-absorption. This progress is published ...

dateMar 25, 2013 in Nanomaterials
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Spider silk ties scientists up in knots

Two years ago, researchers from Iowa State University (USA) published a study which concluded that spider silk conducts heat as well as metals. Now, a team from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) ...

dateJan 22, 2014 in Materials Science
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Harnessing randomness to improve lasers

Randomly arranged items usually have poor optical properties. The rough—or random—surface of a frosted-glass window, for example, obscures the view of an object. The optical industry therefore expends ...

dateJan 15, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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Improving ultrasound imaging

Ultrasound technology could soon experience a significant upgrade that would enable it to produce high-quality, high-resolution images, thanks to the development of a new key material by a team of researchers that includes ...

dateMar 05, 2013 in Materials Science
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