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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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R&D Magazine announces 50th class of R&D 100 winners

By Eileen De Guire / June 21, 2012

MesoCoat’s PComP is one of the new R&D 100 winners. The company manufactures a line nanocrystalline tungsten carbide-cobalt particles engineered for thermal spray applications. The nanocrystalline ceramic particles impart high wear and hardness to the metal matrix composite coating. Credit: MesoCoat. The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the R&D 100 winners for 2012. In…

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