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‘New’ material for 3D printing: concrete

By Jim Destefani / May 30, 2013

Shown in a video screen capture, Contour Crafting may one day allow construction of entire homes in a single day, says developer Behrokh Khoshnevis. Credit: Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; You Tube. Additive manufacturing processes such as 3D printing are not new, but they certainly are gaining more attention in the wake of recent mainstream media reports…

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‘Cloning’ could make structurally pure nanotubes for nanoelectronics

By Eileen De Guire / November 16, 2012

In this computer model, small, pre-selected nanotube “seeds” (yellow) are grown to long nanotubes of the same twist or “chirality” in a high-temperature gas of small carbon compounds. Credit: Courtesy USC via NIST. Editor’s note: ‘Nature’ has a lot of experience with reproduction, but introduces variation, albeit intentionally. Reproduction by cloning eliminates variation, and materials…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / May 1, 2012

Check’ em out: Smart bridge: Iowa State engineers load new bridge with damage-detection gauges (Newswise) The new bridge over the Iowa River near downtown Iowa Falls is a major upgrade over the 1928 concrete arch structure it replaced last fall, once the longest arch span bridge in the state. The new US Highway 65/Oak Street…

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By / April 9, 2012

Something should be of interest here: Quantum computer built inside a diamond (USC News) Diamonds are forever – or, at least, the effects of this diamond on quantum computing may be. A team that includes scientists from USC has built a quantum computer in a diamond, the first of its kind to include protection against “decoherence”…

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