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Flexible glasses in bulk form: A look at sulfur–selenium glasses

By Lisa McDonald / April 16, 2019

While researching the structure of sulfur-selenium glasses, University of California, Davis researchers discovered something exciting—these glasses are flexible in bulk form!

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Video: Transparent wood is not only see-through—it can store and release heat too!

By Lisa McDonald / April 10, 2019

By adding polyethylene glycol to delignified wood, researchers from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology created transparent wood that can store and release heat. They estimate this wood could be available for interior design purposes in as little as five years.

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Detecting damage in concrete structures: Tubular smart aggregates hold advantage over patch-based and spherical sensors

By Lisa McDonald / April 9, 2019

In a recent study, researchers proposed a tubular design for smart aggregates that can monitor structural health of concrete structures, a design that could overcome limitations faced by patch-based and spherical sensors.

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3D-printed glass: Where are we now?

By Lisa McDonald / March 26, 2019

Since 2015, there have been quite a few advancements in glass 3D printing technology. Take a look at some highlights from the past four years, and find out what may come next.

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Video: Search for an ideal anti-fog coating “heats” up the competition

By Lisa McDonald / March 20, 2019

ETH Zurich researchers developed an anti-fog coating that works by absorbing sunlight and generating heat rather than being hydrophilic, like other common anti-fog sprays. The researchers are collaborating with an industry partner to bring their coating to market.

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Welding glass to metal: ‘Breakthrough’ expands realm of manufacturing possibilities

By Lisa McDonald / March 19, 2019

Researchers from Heriot-Watt University and industry successfully welded glass and metal together using an ultrafast laser microwelding process. They are now developing a prototype for the laser processing system to take it closer to commercialization.

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No need for thermal treatment—this process heals cracks in ceramic composites at room temperature

By Lisa McDonald / March 1, 2019

Osaka University researchers found that anodic oxidation allows them to self-heal ceramic-based composites at room temperature, bypassing high-temperature treatments that can cause undesirable reactions.

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All-season athletic apparel? Carbon nanotube-coated textile cools when you’re warm and warms when you’re cool

By April Gocha / February 22, 2019

Researchers at University of Maryland reported they developed a carbon-nanotube-coated fabric that is the first of its kind to seamlessly transition between keeping you warm in the cold and cool in the heat—by automatically reacting to body physiology.

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Learn about future of materials research at National Academies decadal survey webinar

By Lisa McDonald / February 19, 2019

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is releasing its latest report, Frontiers of Materials Research: A Decadal Survey, on Thursday, February 28. You can register to attend the report release webinar, taking place 4–5 p.m. EST.

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Optical fibers shake up earthquake monitoring systems

By Lisa McDonald / February 12, 2019

A team of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers showed “dark fibers,” unused fiber-optic cables that crisscross the United States underground, could be co-opted to serve as sensors in earthquake monitoring systems.

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