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Science of ‘invisibility cloaks’ has real possibilities—and real limitations

By Stephanie Liverani / July 8, 2016

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin say they’ve quantified fundamental physical limitations on the performance of cloaking devices, a technology that allows objects to become invisible or undetectable to electromagnetic waves.

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Bringing the bounce: Unusual chemical structure gives new metallic glass material its elasticity

By Stephanie Liverani / May 5, 2016

Engineers at the University of Southern California, University of California, San Diego, and the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, Calif.) created a new metallic glass material with an unusual chemical structure that makes it incredibly hard and yet elastic.

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Passion for ceramic science—PACRIM, day 3

By Ling Fei / June 6, 2013

Tuesday evening’s poster session. Credit: Fei; ACerS. Today (Tuesday) began with the ACerS Glass and Optical Materials Division George W. Morey Award lecture. George W. Morey is famous for his systematical study on the properties of various glasses, and is a pioneer in glass research. This year the award went to Denise M. Krol from…

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Strong, tough, and uncrushable—How Mother Nature designs structural biological materials

By Eileen De Guire / May 21, 2013

Nature is replete with ingenious structures to make life not just possible, but better. The bony plates of seahorse skeletons, for example, slide past each other, giving the creature incredible flexibility. Materials scientists at the University of California, San Diego, are working to unlock the secrets. Credit: Joanna McKittrick, UCSD. The Materials Genome Initiative boosted the…

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Culture and its formative influence

By Eileen De Guire / May 14, 2012

St. Edward Parish on the northwest side of Chicago has been a cornerstone of the neighborhood’s faith, social and cultural life since its founding in 1889. Credit: St. Edward Parish; I grew up in a fairly homogeneous Irish-Polish neighborhood of Chicago, and most of my young life revolved around St. Edward Parish. The only…

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San Diego area getting new grid link, 150 MW concentrating photovoltaic system and manufacturer

By / March 25, 2011

The San Diego area has been building out a special electrical transmission line, called the Sunrise Powerlink, which is opening up possibilities of creating utility-scale renewable energy options in nearby but less-populated areas. For example, San Diego Gas & Electric, recently signed a deal with energy developer Tenaska Solar Ventures to build a 150-megawatt solar…

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