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Green mining technique uses photosynthesis to extract semiconductor germanium from soil

By April Gocha / September 30, 2015

Scientists at Germany’s Freiberg University of Mining and Technology have figured out that they don’t have to dig up the earth to extract the semiconductor germanium—they can make plants do the work for them.

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Putting an ear to materials: Ultrasonic nonlinear imaging detects defects before cracks form

By April Gocha / February 27, 2015

Researchers at Bristol University in the United Kingdom have devised an ultrasonic nonlinear imaging technique to detect defects in materials, even before faults form.

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Additive manufacturing for everything from penguin beaks to electrophoretic deposition—and Easter chocolates

By April Gocha / April 18, 2014

The media for additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, run the gamut, but new developments widen the scope for electrophoretic deposition techniques and put Easter chocolates into the list of outputs for new 3D printers.

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