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Arachnophobic? Latest spider-related scientific breakthroughs could quell your fears

By Stephanie Liverani / October 30, 2015

Researchers from the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Blacksburg, Va.) are getting closer to developing next-generation smart adhesives, thanks to clues from a specific type of spider silk.

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Capital fund investment to enable Eurekite’s flexible ceramics to reach commercialization

By April Gocha / October 20, 2015

Eurekite, innovator of a new paper-like flexible ceramic, recently received some rather hefty start-up support from Cottonwood Technology Fund, an investment company that supports tech entrepreneurs through early and seed-stage investing.

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Scaling up: Three materials manufacturing trends to watch in honor of National Manufacturing Day

By Stephanie Liverani / October 2, 2015

Today, manufacturing companies and other organizations all over the country are expected to host about 400,000 people who want a first-hand look into U.S. manufacturing. And we’ve provided a roundup of the latest materials manufacturing trends we’ve covered at CTT.

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Perovskites could be new key to developing highly efficient, low-cost solar fuel cells

By Stephanie Liverani / August 28, 2015

A team led by Brown University researchers has been awarded $4 million by the National Science Foundation to study a promising new type of solar cell—solar cells made from perovskites.

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CeRTEV makes great strides in glass education during summer school program in Brazil

By Stephanie Liverani / August 25, 2015

The Center for Glass Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials (CeRTEV) organized one of the world’s largest short courses focusing on glass education worldwide in São Carlos, São Paulo, Brazil, this month.

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Lego Ideas goes nanoscale to build interest in materials science and engineering

By April Gocha / August 19, 2015

Lego Ideas, the toy company’s platform for crowd-sourced ideas for new Lego sets, has ventured into the materials science and engineering world.

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Five European institutions join forces to establish cutting-edge functional glass research center

By Stephanie Liverani / July 7, 2015

Five European institutions have come together to establish a new research center in Trenčín, Slovakia, that specializes in cutting-edge functional glass research. The project, Centre for Functional and Surface-Functionalized Glasses (FunGLASS), is based at the University of Trenčín, with participation from international groups in Germany, Italy, and Spain.

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Spider silk without the struggle—a practical synthetic solution is in our future

By Stephanie Liverani / June 15, 2015

After five years of diligent-but-quiet research, Bolt Threads has made “meaningful progress” on developing synthetic spider silk for commercial use.

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Mark your calendar: NSF to hold June 4 webinar on upcoming CAREER solicitation

By Stephanie Liverani / May 29, 2015

Mark your calendar for Thurs., June 4, 2015 from noon to 4:00 p.m. EST. The Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation will hold a webinar focused on the upcoming CAREER solicitation.

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Spending at nation’s federal R&D centers down—again

By Jessica McMathis / May 7, 2015

The majority of the nation’s federally-funded R&D centers slashed spending in fiscal year 2013 by more than $1 billion over the previous year.

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