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Brittle starfish offers lessons in creating durable ceramics

By Faye Oney / December 12, 2017

Scientists have discovered that a brittle starfish has the capability to create a durable “tempered” ceramic material while underwater. Its process is similar to the creation of tempered glass, but without the heating and cooling process.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / July 29, 2015

Advanced composites consider crustaceans, nonmagnetic duo form magnet, and other materials stories that may be of interest for July 29, 2015.

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Hard knock life: Marine mollusks inspire stronger ceramics

By April Gocha / April 7, 2014

New research uses inspiration from the ocean to improve ceramics, making them stronger by controlling their microstructure and mimicking that of marine mollusks.

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Video of the week: Steve Jung — ‘Controlling the formation of calcium compounds when bioactive glass reacts in vivo’

By / February 14, 2012

[flash mode=1 f={image=}] Steve Jung made the above presentation at ACerS’ Glass and Optical Materials Division 2011 annual meeting and conference. The video is about 15 minutes long. If you tend toward squeamishness, be warned that a few slides show live tissue, wounds in various stages of healing, etc. Jung’s narrative stays focused on…

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Two groups find cheaper, easier route to ‘cloaking’ in visible light

By / February 8, 2011

A pink object under the cloak becomes invisible. Credit: SMART Center. Last week I mentioned that someone has found a new, cheap way to optically “hide” objects (other than the metamaterials route). Via Gizmag, I heard about the the work of two groups who, in parallel, are using calcite crystals to make objects seem to disappear —…

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