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Self-healing hydrogels ease into production

Hydrogels are semi-solid materials formed by polymer chains that trap water molecules into three-dimensional gels. They are used in a variety of applications, including soft contact lenses, but the fragile nature of the materials ...

dateNov 01, 2013 in Polymers
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Measuring evolution's waistline

Nearly 150 years ago, noted German biologist Ernst Haeckel made the bold assertion that ‘ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny’: in other words, morphological changes that occur during an organism’s embryonic development ...

dateJun 03, 2011 in Cell & Microbiology
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Mediating magnetism

(PhysOrg.com) -- Titanium oxide doped with cobalt produces magnetic properties at room temperature via a newly discovered mechanism.

dateMay 04, 2011 in General Physics
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RIBA-II, the next generation care-giving robot

A new robot using high-precision tactile sensors and flexible motor control technology has taken Japan one step closer to its goal of providing high-quality care for its growing elderly population. Developed by researchers ...

dateAug 02, 2011 in Robotics
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Manipulating the texture of magnetism

Knowing how to control the combined magnetic properties of interacting electrons will provide the basis to develop an important tool for advancing spintronics: a technology that aims to harness these properties for computation ...

dateFeb 03, 2012 in General Physics
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