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Self-cleaning paint stands up to abuse—including 40 abrasion cycles with sandpaper

By Jessica McMathis / April 6, 2015

Scientists at University College London have developed a paint made from coated titanium dioxide nanoparticles that creates self-cleaning surfaces that can be abused by and withstand even the most abrasive and damaging treatment.

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What can brain science teach us about Christmas wish lists?

By Eileen De Guire / December 14, 2012

Credit: von Dobschütz; Wikimedia. About this time every year, I pluck from my family’s central posting system—the refrigerator door—those precious expressions of their hearts’ desires: their Christmas lists. Even though I have been told I could easily find their personalized lists on Amazon, I insist on a list on paper as a way forcing some self-editing…

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New explanation for electrical conductivity at oxide-oxide interface

By Eileen De Guire / November 16, 2011

A cross-sectional scanning transmission electron micrograph of the interface between polar lanthanum chromium oxide and nonpolar strontium titanium oxide. Although the interface appears to be atomically abrupt, detailed spectroscopic measurements show that cation mixing occurs in the interfacial region. Credit: PNNL. Electrical conductivity is a pretty simple concept to understand: electrons move. Like water that…

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