Video: Anti-counterfeiting technique writes invisible watermark in ceramic or glass

By April Gocha / July 6, 2016

An École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne–based startup called Nanoga has patented a system that can create photonic watermarks on ceramic, glass, and metal materials and may drastically help fight pervasive markets of counterfeit goods.

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Clear cerium oxide coating could protect space electronics, living cells from damage of UV radiation

By April Gocha / February 5, 2016

Researchers at Zhejiang University and South China University of Technology in China have created new glass-based composite materials that are really good at absorbing UV radiation.

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Power of materials: These door handles use titanium dioxide to stop the spread of germs

By April Gocha / August 5, 2015

Two new inventions are using the power of materials to help prevent spread of germs across some of the most frequently touched surfaces we encounter every day—door handles.

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Sunscreen science: Protect your fun in the sun with advanced materials

By April Gocha / July 1, 2015

You can’t beat the summer sun. Or can you? With new advanced sunscreen molecules, you might be able to enjoy the rays and protect your skin at the same time.

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Glass embedded with ceramic frit or UV patterns is for the birds

By April Gocha / June 6, 2014

Bird advocacy groups estimate that hundreds of millions of birds die every year from bird-on-glass collisions in the U.S. alone, but ceramic frit glass and UV-patterned glass can help birds see the glass to protect them from collisions.

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Video: Will ‘stained glass’ solar cells light the future?

By April Gocha / March 7, 2014

University of Michigan scientists have given solar cells a makeover–their semi-transparent cells can be printed with designs and colors, opening up new surfaces for solar cells.

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House thieves: Think twice if that Jimi Hendrix poster looks especially bright

By / March 20, 2009

Via Gizmag, two Fraunhofer Institutes have teamed up to develop a clever and simple way of treating window glass to make it sensitive to motion and, thus, perfect for security purposes. The combination hardware-software system is able to discriminate between expected motion, i.e., a passing car, and suspicious movement that would warrant an alarm. The…

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