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Battery buzz: Three trends toward safer, cleaner lithium-ion power sources for consumer electronics

By Stephanie Liverani / November 1, 2016

Lithium-ion batteries are necessary for next-generation consumer electronics to compete with market demands for longer battery life and unsurpassed power. And researchers are focusing on making these power sources safer and better for the environment.

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Move over silicon: Magnetoelectric multiferroics and tiny transistors could enable faster computers that consume less power

By April Gocha / October 18, 2016

The continuing trend for electronics is to pack more power into a smaller device that requires less energy input. Two significant materials research advances—one published in Nature and one published in Science—are moving precisely in that direction.

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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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Nanomaterials’ grain boundaries absorb defects, lengthen life of nuclear fuel

By April Gocha / March 17, 2015

New research from a team of scientists at University of California, Davis and Los Alamos National Lab is providing important insight into how nanomaterials behave under irradiation, a finding that may help significantly extend the life of nuclear fuels.

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Under pressure: A rare glimpse into borosilicate glass transition

By April Gocha / September 9, 2014

Scientists at the University of California, Davis have caught the first-ever glimpse of a borosilicate glass transition under pressure, a finding that may help unlock some of glass’s secrets.

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Student-designed catalytic converter “greens” up your lawnmower for little green

By April Gocha / July 22, 2014

A group of students from the University of California, Riverside is hoping to make yard work more eco-friendly with the development of a simple add-on contraption that can remove 93 percent of pollutants from gas lawnmower exhaust.

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Titanium dioxide-coated roof tiles clean the air—and have the data to prove it

By Jessica McMathis / July 7, 2014

Students from the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have developed a roof tile coating that combats nitrogen oxides by breaking them down and eliminating them to reduce pollution and smog.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / July 2, 2014

Other materials stories that may be of interest for July 2, 2014.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Eileen De Guire / February 25, 2014

Other materials stores that may be of interest

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