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Do your winter boots pass the test? WinterLab says 90% of boots fail slip resistance on ice

By April Gocha / December 9, 2016

A special Canadian laboratory called WinterLab reports that, when put to a special scientific test, 90% of winter boots fail in their ability to prevent slipping in icy conditions.

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New spray-on rubbery icephobic coating could revolutionize surface deicing

By Stephanie Liverani / April 8, 2016

Researchers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) are working on a new durable and inexpensive spray-on, thin, clear, rubbery icephobic coating that can repel ice with ease.

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Penguins shed more materials secrets—feathers inform design of icephobic membranes

By April Gocha / February 26, 2016

Researchers at the Key Laboratory of Bio-Inspired Smart Interfacial Science and Technology at Beihang University (Beijing, China) say that in addition to being superhydrophobic, penguin feathers also owe their ice-shedding abilities to anti-adhesive qualities.

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It’s electric: Conductive concrete cost-effectively heats up to melt away snow and ice

By April Gocha / February 15, 2016

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have developed a winning recipe for electrically conductive concrete that can gently heat up to melt away icy accumulations, yet remain safe to the touch.

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What works for penguins could work for planes: Secrets of the feather show how to prevent ice formation

By April Gocha / December 21, 2015

New research shows that when it comes to anti-icing surfaces, the animal world’s most dapper creatures have a few tricks on their flippers.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / December 10, 2014

Solar reaches 40% efficiency, X-ray diffraction on Mars, carbon nanotubule de-icing systems, and other materials stories that may be of interest for December 10, 2014.

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All clear: Keeping glass free from ice with graphene nanoribbons

By April Gocha / September 22, 2014

Rice University researchers have devised a graphene-laden film that can be applied to glass and plastic to keep their surfaces sans ice, even at frigid temperatures down to –20°C.

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Innovative ice management for aircraft with advanced materials

By Eileen De Guire / September 4, 2012

Ice is managed on aircraft by either preventing it or getting rid of it. One way of removing ice from wings while flying is with rubber de-icing boots. When they are inflated, they rupture the ice, causing it to fall away. German researchers are looking at innovative uses of advanced materials and new approaches to…

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By / July 13, 2012

Here is what we are hearing: Surmet’s transparent, tiled, three-panel ALON armor window. Credit: Surmet. Advances in making large ALON transparent armor windows Surmet continues its advances in fabricating cost effective large area ALON transparent armor windows for many applications. Current capability allows for monolithic ALON windows to be fabricated in sizes as large as…

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