October 11th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, in collaboration with BAM Infra, recently completed construction of the world's first 3-D printed reinforced concrete bridge. The steel cables, added during printing, help prestress the concrete to support loads beyond its weight.
October 6th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
North Carolina State University researchers have developed a silicon carbide manufacturing process that may finally give this material the boost it needs to compete against silicon in the power electronics market.
September 29th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have found a way to send and receive signals between electronic devices over long distances. Long-range backscatter is a low-cost process that uses low power and represents a breakthrough for many applications, including flexible medical devices.
September 28th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Japanese company Hoya is developing thin glass disks that the company is betting will be increasingly incorporated into larger hard disk drives used in computers—Hoya is setting its sights on large-scale glass data storage, with reported capabilities of reaching 20 TB capacities by 2020.
September 27th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Researchers have successfully 3-D printed unweldable aluminum alloys, incorporating zirconium-based nanopowders into the additive manufacturing process, which prevents hot cracking. They say they can now make any unweldable metal weldable using this process.
September 22nd, 2017 | by Faye Oney
The High Performance Computing for Materials Program (HPC4Mtls) brings together U.S. government research laboratories and industry to spur development of materials used in severe environments. Its goal is to quickly bring advanced energy research to market.
September 20th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Researchers report a simple method to manufacture biocompatible structural colors using only melanin and silica. The silica shell provides a buffer layer of tunable thickness that allows customization of the particular color, offering the potential to fabricate a new breed of long-lasting pigments that don’t fade.
September 19th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
Environmental concerns and decreased demand have contributed to the decline of coal as a fuel source. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is developing value-added products that may eventually revive the coal industry.
September 19th, 2017 | by April Gocha, PhD
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed a method called water-assisted flash sintering that can densify powders to 98% of theoretical density in just 30 seconds. Their method takes place at room temperature and requires no external heating.
September 15th, 2017 | by Faye Oney
The two-year moratorium on the 2.3% medical device excise tax expires on December 31, 2017. If lawmakers repeal the tax in the next few months, it could spur research and development plus job growth in the medical device industry.