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New ‘sensing skin’ could save roads and structures with early damage detection

By Stephanie Liverani / October 11, 2016

Researchers at North Carolina State University developed a new “sensing skin” that can “detect cracks and other structural flaws that are invisible to the naked eye,” according to an NC State press release.

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New wearable tech swaps batteries for body heat to power more precise health-monitoring devices

By Stephanie Liverani / September 13, 2016

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable health-monitoring devices without the need for batteries.

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Distorted reality: Revolving electron microscopy divulges material’s innermost atomic secrets

By April Gocha / February 17, 2015

Researchers at North Carolina State University have pioneered a new imaging method that is allowing them to peer inside a material’s atomic organization to precisely map the location of distortions, a unique perspective that is allowing them to see how those distortions affect the material’s properties.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / January 21, 2015

A borane that emits laser light, how liquids and glasses relax, pop-up silicon structures, and other materials stories that may be of interest for January 21, 2015.

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New ‘sensing skin’ provides early warning for cracks in concrete

By Jessica McMathis / July 21, 2014

It’s not the Sixth Sense, Spidey sense, or even common sense, but a new “sensing skin” technology could change the way we’re able to respond to critical (and dangerous) cracks in concrete.

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Materials stories that may also be of interest

By / April 22, 2011

Check ’em out: Toyota Announces finalists in ‘Ideas For Good’ challenge ‘Solar group buy’ program launched in California Novel bulk metallic glass nanowires boost fuel cell efficiency NC State researchers develop material to remove radioactive contaminants from drinking water Fiber-optic laser-based system brings rifle sights into the 21st century

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Electric field yields triple sintering gain: improved ceramic properties, greater speed and lower temps

By / June 1, 2010

Two months ago, I wrote about how North Carolina State University’s Hans Conrad had apparently discovered that sintered ceramic materials could be deformed and shaped by applying an electric field. According to Conrad, the field interacts with the charges at the grain boundaries and make it easier for the crystals to slide against each other…

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Will DC electric fields transform ceramics shaping, manufacturing?

By / April 7, 2010

According to a paper just published in Philosophy Magazine, researchers at North Carolina State University, who have been playing around with how ceramic materials behave in the presence of DC electric fields, apparently think they may have discovered an approach that could “revolutionize” ceramics manufacturing. At a minimum, they say that using a modest electric…

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Customized silver–hydroxyapatite coatings proposed to fight bio-implants infections

By / February 10, 2010

A team of North Carolina State University and Oak Ridge National Lab researchers have published a new paper that reports on the possibility of using hydroxyapatite layers seeded with silver particles – customized for each patient – as a coating on joint and bone replacements to help ward off infection. The interesting idea the group…

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Center to leverage NC nanobiotech research

By / June 18, 2009

The Center of Innovation in Nanobiotechnology, located in North Carolina, is going to be using a new $2.5 million grant to bring to market some of the biotech discoveries being made at universities in the state. The grant – which actually represents a “Phase II” grant – is from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center. NCBC…

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