Other materials

O Christmas tree: Tinsel’s evolution and tree authenticity pros and cons

By April Gocha / December 19, 2014

Whether you decorate your Christmas tree with tinsel or not, there’s perhaps a more debated question looming—real or artificial? April breaks it down in classic fashion—a pros and cons list.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / December 17, 2014

Imaging inside of materials, magnetite structure surprises, nanoshaping methods, and other materials stories that may be of interest for December 17, 2014.

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3D printing active electronics for eyes that emit LED light beams

By April Gocha / December 12, 2014

Using additive manufacturing—aka 3D printing—Princeton University researchers have printed LED lights directly into a hard contact lens to prove that active electronics of varied materials can be printed into complex shapes.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / December 10, 2014

Solar reaches 40% efficiency, X-ray diffraction on Mars, carbon nanotubule de-icing systems, and other materials stories that may be of interest for December 10, 2014.

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Blu-ray binaries provide the blueprint for better solar cells

By Jessica McMathis / December 9, 2014

Northwestern University researchers have discovered that Blu-ray discs are not only a boost to one’s Saturday evening plans, but also to how solar cells can absorb light.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / December 3, 2014

Novel metamaterial properties of hexagonal boron nitride, Lego-like nanomaterials, conductive clay, and other materials stories that may be of interest for December 3, 2014.

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A ceramic and glass holiday gift guide for everyone on your Black Friday shopping list

By April Gocha / November 27, 2014

The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, is a consumer spending extravaganza—and if you’re going to buy a gift, why not get one fashioned out of your favorite materials? Here are some ceramics and glass gift ideas to help you find the perfect present.

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Is it the seasoning, the sauce, or the substance? Five science-backed steps to hitting a holiday homerun

By Jessica McMathis / November 26, 2014

With so much on our plates this time of year—both literally and figuratively—we can use all the help we can get. These five tips will help you brine, broil, and bake your way to a better bird through chemistry.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / November 26, 2014

Electric arc furnaces offer benefits, theory for liquid–solid transition in glass, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 26, 2014.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / November 19, 2014

Growing forests of carbon nanotubes, high-temperature superconductors explained, new crystalline order for thermoelectric applications, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 19, 2014.

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