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By Lisa McDonald / November 14, 2018

Health effects of silver nanoparticles, renewable fuel using graphene, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 14, 2018.

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Bringing the bounce: Unusual chemical structure gives new metallic glass material its elasticity

By Stephanie Liverani / May 5, 2016

Engineers at the University of Southern California, University of California, San Diego, and the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, Calif.) created a new metallic glass material with an unusual chemical structure that makes it incredibly hard and yet elastic.

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Video: Stephen Hawking and Paul Rudd battle for the future of humanity in epic game of quantum chess

By April Gocha / January 28, 2016

In honor of the legendary physicist Richard Feynman and his quantum legacy, California Institute of Technology held a two-day event this week all about quantum science—and it featured one epic video battle.

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Making ceramics perfect—and perfectly bendable—with air

By April Gocha / September 16, 2014

Researchers from California Institute of Technology say that bendable ceramics are more than possible—they report the fabrication of alumina nanostructures that are 99.9% air and can bend and deform with the best of them, springing back to shape after compressions of over 50% strain.

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Light-bending silicon chip may make former Apple iPhone rumors true

By April Gocha / March 25, 2014

Caltech researchers report a new integrated optical phased array silicon chip that can bend light with no mechanical parts, opening up possibilities for simple projectors that can be incorporated into devices such as smartphones.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / December 29, 2012

Mid-holidays edition: Peel-and-stick solar panels For all their promise, solar cells have frustrated scientists in one crucial regard: Most are rigid. They must be deployed in stiff and often heavy fixed panels, limiting their applications. So researchers have been trying to get photovoltaics to loosen up. The ideal: flexible, decal-like solar panels that can be…

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Monday material fun: Water on a superhydrophobic carbon nanotube array

By / October 18, 2010

Truly amazing! OSU Materials blog has shared this slow motion film of water droplets falling on a superhydrophobic carbon nanotube array. The video was filmed by Adrianus Aria and Morteza Gharib of the California Institute of Technology. The video begins with some photo stills of carbon nanotube arrays –  the real fun begins at the…

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Now the author claims it’s a ‘joke’

By / July 2, 2010

Postdoc hell, circa 1996. What a laugh riot it must have been working for this guy at Caltech. ‘In addition to the usual work-day schedule, I expect all of the members of the group to work evenings and weekends. You will find that this is the norm here at Caltech.’ Elsewhere?

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School of fish offers new school of thought for turbine design

By / May 20, 2010

Researchers at CalTech have found that schooling fish unlock clues to better vertical axis wind turbines, which could yield as much as 10 times more energy from the same amount of space. According to a press release, fluid-dynamics expert John Dabiri uses bioinspiration for coming up with better solutions for water and wind energy. According…

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Metamaterial discovery could improve light collection for solar cells

By / April 28, 2010

Caltech researchers, led by Harry Atwater, have engineered a type of metamaterial that allows it to bend light in part of the visible spectrum from nearly any angle toward an optimal direction. They report that this artificial optical material can handle light with any polarization over a broad range of incident angles, making it the…

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