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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / September 20, 2017

Graphene-wrapped nanocrystals make inroads toward next-gen fuel cells, supercharging silicon batteries, and other materials stories that may be of interest for September 20, 2017.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / July 19, 2017

Graphene for space applications, conductive electrodes are key to fast-charging batteries, and other materials stories that may be of interest.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / February 22, 2017

‘Scotch tape’ and laser beams craft new material that could improve LED screens, stem cell technique shows promise for bone repair, and other materials stories that may be of interest for February 22, 2017.

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Magnifying the possibilities: Spider silk is star material in world’s first bio superlens

By Stephanie Liverani / August 23, 2016

For the first time ever, scientists at Bangor and Oxford Universities in the U.K. are using spider silk as a superlens to increase magnification potential, opening up new possibilities to explore structures currently invisible to modern microscopes.

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Closer look at spider ‘signal threads’ could lead to advances in remote sensing technology

By Stephanie Liverani / January 15, 2016

Scientists at the University of Oxford in England are studying the composition of spider web “signal threads” for inspiration when it comes to developing new advances in remote sensing technology.

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Japanese company Spiber partners with North Face to spin synthetic spider silk into first-of-its-kind bioengineered parka

By Stephanie Liverani / November 17, 2015

Japanese company Spiber has joined forces with high-performance sportswear outfitter The North Face to create a parka made from genetically engineered spider silk fiber—the first garment of its kind.

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A new kind of ‘super’ glue—smarter, tougher adhesives inspired by nature

By Stephanie Liverani / November 10, 2015

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have “developed a method to make synthetic, sticky hydrogel that is more than 90 percent water” that is “tougher than natural adhesives employed by mussels and barnacles,” according to a recent MIT News article.

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Arachnophobic? Latest spider-related scientific breakthroughs could quell your fears

By Stephanie Liverani / October 30, 2015

Researchers from the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Blacksburg, Va.) are getting closer to developing next-generation smart adhesives, thanks to clues from a specific type of spider silk.

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Strong brew: Genetically engineered yeast could be key to cooking up tough, spider silk-like fibers

By Stephanie Liverani / September 30, 2015

Scientists at Bolt Threads in Emeryville, Calif., have been working to develop a scalable way to create synthetic spider silk-like fibers by using genetic engineering. And thanks to $40 million in funding, they’re close to delivering a solution.

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Touch the future of new materials—literally

By Stephanie Liverani / June 22, 2015

There’s a library on the 17th floor of a building near Rockefeller Center in New York City—but don’t go there looking for your next summer read. Instead, you’ll find things like conductive glass, translucent cement, and aluminum foam. It’s called Material ConneXion, and it’s one of the largest subscription-based materials libraries on the globe.

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