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Complex DNA and RNA origami created from single-strands
Stable, self-folding single-strand DNA and RNA origami is both simpler and less prone to defects than earlier multi-strand products.
Comprehensive approach enables 3D view of crystal dislocations
By overlaying simulated data on x-ray white beam topography images, the Burgers vector can be determined for individual dislocations.
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Asphalt porous structure enables fast-charging high-capacity Li-metal anode
The asphalt-graphene nanoribbon porous structure offers an interesting solution to the quest for uniform stable Li metal electrochemistry.
Complete design of a silicon quantum computer chip
This chip can be fabricated using the same manufacturing plants used to make current Si chips.
Mussel-inspired iron-catechol bonds toughen dry elastomers
The material is a significant step beyond similarly constructed hydrogels, which are soft and wet.
Environment versus sustainable energy: The case of lead halide perovskite-based solar cells
Aslihan Babayigit et al. focus on creating awareness and caution toward lead halide perovskite commercialization while concurrently pointing out considerations and ambiguity in policies and regulations.
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Metal Tires for Mars: “Shape Memory” Could Help Rovers Roll
This tire contains no air, can handle the rugged Martian terrain, and may even have applications on Earth for trucks and off-road vehicles.
Recent progress in the concurrent atomistic-continuum method and its application in phonon transport
Xiang Chen et al. provide examples, including heat pulses propagating across grain boundaries and phase interfaces, as well as the interactions between phonons and moving dislocations, to demonstrate the capabilities of the concurrent atomistic-continuum method.
Standardizing perovskite aging measurements
The work aims to create consensus in the field and overcome one of the major hurdles on the way to commercializing perovskite photovoltaics.
Physicists aim to classify all possible phases of matter
A complete classification could lead to a wealth of new materials and technologies. But some exotic phases continue to resist understanding.
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Sugar stabilizes single-enzyme nanogel
A simple one-step synthesis of single-enzyme nanogels shown to enhance the stability of enzymes.
Carbon nanotube fibers in a jiffy
Short lengths of strong, conductive fibers from bulk nanotubes made in about an hour.
Magnesium–sulfur battery: its beginning and recent progress
The combination of Mg anode with a sulfur cathode is one of the promising electrochemical couples; however, the development of suitable electrolytes has been the key challenge for further improvement, as discussed by Zhirong Zhao-Karger and Maximilian Fichtner.
US and UK sign science and technology agreement
Materials areas of interest include artificial intelligence and quantum technologies.
Inorganic 2D Chiral Surfaces
Finalist in the 2017 MRS Science in Video Competition.
Beyond lithium—the search for a better battery
Graphene and salt water offer promising advances.
Learning outcomes and insights from a chocolate-based undergraduate materials science course and other topical outreach activities
Jennifer Dailey analyzes the outcomes of teaching binary phase diagrams in this course using topical food examples compared to the outcomes of the same instructor teaching a similar control group of students using standard textbook examples.
Could giant “solar rigs” floating on the ocean convert seawater to hydrogen fuel?
Scientists have designed a device that could make the process economically viable.
Millennials in the postnormal world
The speed of developments that the early- and mid-20th century generations witnessed—in the “normal” times—appears to be a distant turtle pace to us, the postnormal millennials.
Ahmad R. Kirmani, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Synthesis replicates camouflaging-brochosome particle structure
The facile synthesis of the intricate natural structure of brochosomes may become the multifaceted solution for many applications.
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Early Career Scholars in Materials Science 2019
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South Korea showcases next-generation technology ahead of Olympics
Technology is one of the core pillars of Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, which is expected to be the most wired sports event in history, showcasing next-generation technologies to the world.
My life in cars
In the mid-1960s my attention was drawn to the Chevy Corvette Stingray. And my automobile fantasies have remained there ever since.
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Plasma-enhanced ALD system
Beneq C3R is an ultra-fast rotary plasma-enhanced atomic-layer-deposition (ALD) system for high-volume manufacturing. Read more»
Universal Pipette Filter Plugs
The Universal Pipette Filter Plugs from iNLABTEC AG protect the internal components of pipettes from contamination due to accidental splashes during pipetting, foaming samples, or aerosolized vapors. Read more»
Bernd Kopera, University of Bayreuth
SEM image of a big nanoparticle, sunken into an amorphous inverse opal.
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