News tagged with natural materials

New analysis explains collagen's force

Research combining experimental work and detailed molecular simulations has revealed, for the first time, the complex role that water plays in collagen—a protein that is a component of tendons, bone, skin ...

dateJan 22, 2015 in Materials Science
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Vehicle body made from cotton, hemp, and wood

Carbon and glass fibers reinforce synthetics so that they can be used for vehicle body construction. But in this regard, there is an abundance of potential found in natural fibers – obtained from hemp, ...

dateJan 06, 2015 in Engineering
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World's most complex crystal simulated

The most complicated crystal structure ever produced in a computer simulation has been achieved by researchers at the University of Michigan. They say the findings help demonstrate how complexity can emerge ...

dateDec 24, 2014 in Condensed Matter
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New materials for more powerful solar cells

Applying a thin film of metallic oxide significantly boosts the performance of solar panel cells—as recently demonstrated by Professor Federico Rosei and his team at the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research ...

dateNov 12, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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