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Controlling crack formation—grain shrinkage predicts macroscale cracks

By Lisa McDonald / October 25, 2019

Despite its ubiquity, the influence of grain shrinkage on cracking remains largely unexplored. Researchers from Princeton University investigated the phenomenon, and the results of their studies are described in two papers published this year.

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Nanoparticles and flash sintering—increasing ductility of glass and ceramics

By Lisa McDonald / October 15, 2019

Both glass and ceramics can be quite brittle. Two recent studies look at increasing the ductility of each—one through the consolidation of glassy nanoparticles, and the other through flash sintering.

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Predicting optimal glass compositions: A review of machine learning for glass science and engineering

By Lisa McDonald / September 17, 2019

Machine learning can greatly facilitate design of new glasses by predicting a range of promising compositions to test. A recent paper by researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, reviews studies investigating machine learning methods for just that purpose.

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Make better perfume bottles quickly and inexpensively

By Jonathon Foreman / May 24, 2019

Researchers from the United States and Europe developed a numerical model for manufacturing perfume bottles that could cut the cost and time associated with designing new glass containers.

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Neural networks predict glass transition temperatures

By Lisa McDonald / November 20, 2018

Researchers trained an artificial neural network to predict glass transition temperatures of never-before-made glass compositions. The software will soon be freely available as a web application.

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Video: We could someday fly our own aircraft

By Faye Oney / July 18, 2018

Did you ever wish you could fly your own small plane without getting your pilot’s license? Watch today’s video to see how close the future really is!

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Video: Watch these 3-D printed magnetic devices change shape and perform tricks

By Faye Oney / July 11, 2018

Researchers at MIT have fabricated small flexible magnetic structures using a 3-D printer and ink fused with magnetic particles. The structures could be used to remotely control biomedical devices for drug delivery or for pumping blood, among other functions.

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The future of additive manufacturing: A 3-D multiple materials printing process

By Faye Oney / June 26, 2018

3-D printing typically involves only one material. Researchers have now developed a way to print multiple materials in one process. This method could eventually replace welding and other materials joining technologies.

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Video: Watch a simple fabric wristband control small household appliances

By Faye Oney / June 20, 2018

Researchers have devised a simple electronic textile that uses carbon nanotubes to provide an electrical charge. The device enables users to control a computer or small appliance by swiping a finger over the fabric.

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Video: Tiny devices deliver drugs, treat diseases through wireless technology

By Faye Oney / June 13, 2018

Researchers have developed a technology to power tiny implantable devices that could be used to monitor medical conditions or treat diseases from inside the human body. The technology uses radio waves, rather than batteries, to power and communicate with the devices.

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