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Making ceramics perfect—and perfectly bendable—with air

September 16th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD

Researchers from California Institute of Technology say that bendable ceramics are more than possible—they report the fabrication of alumina nanostructures that are 99.9% air and can bend and deform with the best of them, springing back to shape after compressions of over 50% strain.

Can your pet help design better materials?

August 20th, 2014 | by April Gocha, PhD

Nature inspires intelligently designed materials—and when it comes to stickiness, gecko toes are the gold standard for the design of better materials. But how does science explain their ability to walk on walls?

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