News tagged with new materials

New tool, savings for manufacturing hard materials

"Machining," in particular the process of cutting hard, brittle materials during manufacturing, can be difficult, often because the cutting tool, typically made of single crystal diamond, the hardest material known, can wear ...

dateJul 17, 2014 in Engineering
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Consider the 'anticrystal'

( —For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent atoms and ...

dateJul 07, 2014 in Condensed Matter
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Gum arabic under an electron microscope (w/ Video)

This alien glob in the video below is a piece of gum arabic from the hardened sap of the Acacia tree, most likely collected from a tree in Sudan. Rox Middleton explains how the electron microscope has changed the way we are ...

dateJul 01, 2014 in Nanophysics
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Soaking up the sun

When it comes to solar power, it's a case of the more blue the better according to Victoria University of Wellington researcher Dr Jonathan Halpert.

dateJun 26, 2014 in Energy & Green Tech
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Making new species without sex

Occasionally, two different plant species interbreed with each other in nature. This usually causes problems since the genetic information of both parents does not match. But sometimes nature uses a trick. Instead of passing ...

dateJun 10, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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