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New atomic layer deposition method yields large crystalline 2D MoS2 thin films
New precursor combination may reduce the need for annealing, which would help integrate the process into commercial device manufacturing.
3D barcodes incorporate ultrahigh encoding capacities
The 3D nature refers to barcode size, color, and light intensity.
Nanoscale graphene actuators power micro-machines
Origami-inspired methods yield graphene-glass biomorphs that can fold into shapes like cubes, tetrahedrons, and helices.
Super-strong Aluminum Alloy
This aluminum alloy rivals the strength of stainless steel, an advance with potential industrial applications.
Ice technicians are the secret stars of the Winter Olympics
While Pyeongchang, South Korea, clearly has plentiful ice and snow, the ice that athletes will perform on is made from scratch and painstakingly maintained.
Nanocones make glass invisible
Apart from making consumer displays like cell phones glare-free, the nanotextured glass could also make the surface water-repelling and self-cleaning.
Materials for heat-assisted magnetic recording
Increasing the density of data storage is crucial to the future of inexpensive digital technology, as reviewed by M.T. Kief and R.H. Victora.
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The dawn of solar windows
Future skyscrapers will harvest energy from the sun with photovoltaic windows.
Even for the Winter Olympics, it's really cold in the mountains of Pyeongchang
Whether high-tech or home remedies, skiers try different materials to shield them from the cold.
Angkor temples: What are the pigments?
Researchers determined the composition of the pigments and their application sequences by using their trained eyes, microscopes, and some portable x-ray analyzers.
Hortense Le Ferrand, Nanyang Technical University
Earth-abundant photocorrosion-resistant material used for solar water splitting
Introducing a combination of Sb2Se3 and MoSx makes the conventional protective layer in a solar water-splitting application obsolete.
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Smart contact lenses
A new way of putting electronics into a contact lens is one step closer to making contacts that can collect information and display it.
Olympic Clothing Designers Try to Beat the Cold with Technology
With electric self-warming jackets and new insulated fabrics, Team USA hopes to overcome record-setting chills.
Paper as a scaffold for cell cultures: Teaching an old material new tricks
Paper enables the generation of highly flexible, biocompatible, inexpensive, porous, and three-dimensional constructs and devices as reviewed by Xinchen Wu et al.
Powering-up with lasers
Researchers are planning to build lasers so powerful they could rip apart empty space.
John Rogers talks about devices that dissolve, in a controlled fashion, completely and harmlessly in ground water or biofluids.
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Design and Fabrication of Polymer Layered Silicate Nanocomposites for Water Purification
Damaris W. Mbui et al. incorporate zeolite nanoparticles into polymer matrices so that they can better adsorb heavy metal ions from water.
The coolest tech innovations you’ll see at South Korea’s 2018 Winter Olympics
The world’s fifth biggest exporter and 10th-largest economy, the country of 50 million is home to tech giants including LG, Samsung, and Hyundai.
What to look out for in science in 2018
Predictions include quantum technologies, x-ray free-electron lasers, and clean energy.
Philip Ball, Science Writer
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High Speed Processing for Ultra-Fast Framing Cameras
The new processor from Specialised Imaging enables new remote operation capabilities as well as improving the download speed by a factor of 50, allowing faster real-time focusing from the control computer and large file transfer in less than 5 seconds. Read more
Magnetic Filter Funnels
Constructed of Polyethersulfone (PES) material, the MF Series Filter Holders from Sterlitech Corporation utilize a magnetic coupling between funnel and base, which holds the system together securely and allows for single-handed operation along with rapid membrane filter changes. Read more
Jihyeon Yeom, University of Michigan
Copper chalcogenide nanostructure is a promising material for sensors, catalysis, and solar energy conversion. When we can control their assembled structure, the range of application can be explored.
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