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Function over form: ‘Smarter’ textiles pave way for clothes that do more than cover

By Stephanie Liverani / September 16, 2016

From textiles that effectively dissipate body heat, to fabric that harvests energy from the sun, to computers sewn right into our sweaters, check out some of the latest innovations in “smart” clothing.

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Thinking outside the windmill: Innovative tree-like structures turn vibrations into energy

By Stephanie Liverani / February 2, 2016

A project at Ohio State University is testing a new tool that resembles a tree-like structure for harvesting energy that uses vibrations from wind, traffic on a bridge, and even seismic activity to generate power.

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Don’t fail me now: Gadgets that add significant juice to your iPhone battery

By Stephanie Liverani / January 12, 2016

Tech trends for 2016 seem focused on evolutionary rather than revolutionary. With that in mind, Apple released a new smartphone case that promises to extend battery life—but form may have been sacrificed for function.

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ACerS facilitates corporate networking and microscopic materials investigations over lunch

By April Gocha / April 14, 2015

ACerS corporate members gathered near Society headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, last Thursday for invaluable networking, lunching, and learning.

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OSU team marries battery and solar cell in single device

By Jessica McMathis / October 10, 2014

A team from Ohio State University has developed a hybrid solar cell-rechargeable battery—the world’s first—that cuts the cost of renewable energy and increases solar energy efficiency.

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Study finds residual treatment water used in fracking faces life sentence in ‘permeability jail’

By Jessica McMathis / October 3, 2014

New research suggests that, despite fears to the contrary, the residual treatment water used in hydraulic fracturing poses no serious risk to surrounding supplies of water. But does that mean fracking is safe? Not so fast, says a team of environmental scientists.

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The economy of research: Study shows impacts of US science funding felt far beyond the lab

By Jessica McMathis / April 19, 2014

A new study indicates that university research is more than fodder for headlines—rather, it’s a “key component of the US economic ecosystem.”

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Video: Machining cupcakes and the materials science of food

By Eileen De Guire / October 11, 2013

Pop quiz! Can you think of a materials science application for these terms: thermal processing, dielectric properties, electrostatic and nonelectrostatic coating, nanotechnology, nondestructive testing, minerals, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and corrosion? It turns out food scientists use these terms, too. In fact, our world and the food science world overlap significantly. At Ohio State University,…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Jim Destefani / September 16, 2013

Other materials stories that may be of interest.

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Oxide nanowires made by simple process promote bone ingrowth, faster healing

By Jim Destefani / August 9, 2013

Researchers at The Ohio State University, Columbus, have developed a simple, affordable technique for creating oxide nanowires they say can improve cell growth by nearly 80 percent compared with other surfaces. (The transmission electron micrograph above shows cell growth 15 hours after placement on a nanowire-coated titanium alloy surface. Inset at upper left shows filaments…

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