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‘Power suit’: Clothes that charge electronics could revolutionize consumer tech

By Stephanie Liverani / March 29, 2016

While gadgets that boost smartphone battery life help widen the gap between power cord wall sits, it’s not a solution to total wireless recharging on the go. But thanks to materials science, our power chargers for smartphones and other wearable tech might be sewn right into our pants someday.

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America Makes announces additive manufacturing project award winners

By Eileen De Guire / January 21, 2014

A tool caddy inside America Makes’ laser melt system also was made using additive manufacturing techniques. (Credit: ACerS.) The Youngstown-based America Makes—the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute—just announced the 15 winners of its RFP from last fall. According to the press release, America Makes “will provide $9 million in funding toward these projects with $10.3…

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Shale gas a “blue bridge to a green future”?

By Jim Destefani / June 20, 2013

Rig for drilling multiple horizontal wells in the Marcellus Shale formation of Pennsylvania. Credit: Ruhrfish/Wikimedia Commons.  In western Pennsylvania, in eastern Ohio, in Texas and Oklahoma, from Colorado to Arkansas to New York, there’s an energy boom in progress. It’s big enough to make the United States energy-independent by 2030, according to some experts, and…

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Adding up—NAMII announces first additive manufacturing R&D awards

By Eileen De Guire / March 22, 2013

Where are the ceramics? We are pleased to see NAMII make seven significant additive manufacturing R&D awards, but it appears that they are all for polymers or metals. Credit: LBL. The Youngstown, Ohio, based National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII) hit the ground running and this week announced its first $4.5 million in awards for…

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‘Print’ a house? Why not! Plus, ‘Rust Belt’ region awarded pilot institute for additive manufacturing

By Eileen De Guire / August 17, 2012

If you are thinking of building a new home for your family, you might want to watch this TEDx talk by a USC professor who has engineered a way to build a house using additive manufacturing methods. Wowser! I thought this technology was for smallish stuff, like electronics, bones or coffee cups. Behrokh Khoshnevis, though,…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / April 17, 2012

Check ’em out: Thermodynamic glass transition in a spin glass without time-reversal symmetry (PNAS) Spin glasses are a longstanding model for the sluggish dynamics that appear at the glass transition. However, spin glasses differ from structural glasses in a crucial feature: they enjoy a time reversal symmetry. This symmetry can be broken by applying an…

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Video of the week: Shear delight — CWRU students win engineering prize with pothole stuffer

By / April 13, 2012

For those of us living in the snow-prone regions of the US, potholes are a fact of life (and a source of great happiness for tire retailers). City and county road crews do their best to try to stay on top of the problem by methodically tamping in some temporary cold-patch. They always miss a…

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Materials Football Game of the Week: Case Western Reserve at Carnegie Mellon

By Eileen De Guire / November 11, 2011

The GameCase Western Reserve University at Carnegie Mellon UniversityNov. 12, 2:000 p.m., ET These two look-alike schools will meet for the 41st time on Saturday. Since 1986, this game has been known as the Academic Bowl, to acknowledge that these institutions are among the nation’s top research and scholastic institutions, and that these scholar-athletes compete…

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ARPA-E awards $31.6 million to rare-earth substitute projects

By Eileen De Guire / October 5, 2011

ARPA-E announced $31.6 million in awards to develop new, rare-earth-free permanent magnet materials. Credit: ARPA-E Rare earth permanent magnets are key components in electric vehicle motors and in wind turbine electricity generators, and international concern over the economics of rare-earth raw materials has been well documented here and elsewhere. DOE is addressing the issue from…

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / March 29, 2011

Check them out: Role of parallel reformable bonds in the self-healing of cross-linked nanogel particles (also, Nanomaterials with give survive) Polyelectrolyte functionalized carbon nanotubes as efficient metal-free electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction (also, Cheap fuel cell catalyst made easy: CWRU researchers aim to cut cost of alternative energy) Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher hunts for green catalysts…

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