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Video: ‘Bioconcrete’ of the future can heal itself

By Faye Oney / May 24, 2017

Inspired by the way the human body repairs bones and tissue, a researcher duo from Delft University of Technology has created self-repairing “bioconcrete” using bacteria and calcium lactate.

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Video: Turning synthetic into biological—Scientists harness bacteria to bond silicon and carbon

By April Gocha / December 7, 2016

Researchers at California Institute of Technology report that, using directed evolution, they have convinced bacteria to biologically produce carbon–silicon bonds much more efficiently than synthetically catalyzed chemical reactions.

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Scaling up and going green—Oak Ridge Lab develops biofermentation technique to manufacture zinc sulfide quantum dots

By April Gocha / July 8, 2016

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Lab (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) have developed a new process that turns to bacteria to manufacture semiconductor nanoparticles, harnessing the bacteria in giant reactors to manufacture zinc sulfide quantum dots via nanofermentation.

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Killer silicon nitride: Bioceramic slaughters bacteria, could now help fight gum disease

By April Gocha / May 9, 2016

According to the American Chemical Society, silicon nitride’s super antibacterial abilities may soon bring the material into your mouth to build better dental implants and help fight gum disease.

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Better batteries? Study uncovers potential hidden impact of oxide nanoparticles on earth microbiome

By April Gocha / March 4, 2016

A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Minnesota shows that nanoparticles of lithium battery catalyst nickel manganese cobalt oxide may harm important bacteria that reside in the soil and have untold environmental consequences.

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Power of materials: These door handles use titanium dioxide to stop the spread of germs

By April Gocha / August 5, 2015

Two new inventions are using the power of materials to help prevent spread of germs across some of the most frequently touched surfaces we encounter every day—door handles.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / June 30, 2015

Solar powered sensors prove their efficiency, single-catalyst water splitters go all night, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 30, 2015.

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Free energy? Bacterial spores help capture invisible power from water evaporation

By April Gocha / June 29, 2015

Scientists at Columbia University are using their research to think differently about sustainable energy generation. And that approach is allowing the team to harness an invisible power source that’s available nearly everywhere—water evaporation.

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An attractive gut? Artificial magnetic bacteria may monitor human health

By April Gocha / May 16, 2014

Artificially magnetic probiotic bacteria may have future uses as human health monitors, and a new magnetic chip may improve single cell analyses to better detect rare genetic changes.

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Thank your microbiome—gut microbes are behind chocolate’s health benefits

By April Gocha / March 27, 2014

An artificial gut has helped researchers explain dark chocolate’s positive health benefits by revealing that gut microbes help digest cocoa’s anti-inflammatory polyphenols.

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