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High-performance 3-D microbattery suitable for large-scale on-chip integration
By combining 3-D holographic lithography and 2-D photolithography, researchers have demonstrated a high-performance 3-D microbattery suitable for large-scale on-chip integration with microelectronic devices.
A metal composite that will (literally) float your boat
Researchers have demonstrated a new metal matrix composite that is so light that it can float on water. A boat made of such composites will not sink despite damage to its structure. This first lightweight syntactic foam also holds promise for automotive fuel economy because of its heat resistance. T...
Wood-polymer composite furniture with low flammability
Wood is a popular material in interior design, but its water absorbency limits its use in bathrooms, where natural wood easily becomes discolored or moldy. Scientists have developed a wood-polymer composite material for furniture that is resistant to humidity and has low flammability.
Wood-derived foam materials
Since most foam materials are made of petrochemical plastics, they aren't very climate-friendly. But now an alternative is in sight - a novel foam material produced entirely from wood, which is not harmful to the environment and is also recyclable. In the long term, wood foam could replace conventio...
Revolutionary discovery leads to invention of new ''building blocks''
Taking a revolutionary ''building blocks'' approach, a research team has invented a new thinking pathway in the design and synthesis of macromolecules by creating an original class of giant tetrahedra. Through a reaction called ''click chemistry,'' these tetrahedron building blocks can then be preci...
Four-dimensional printing unfolding as technology that takes 3D printing to an entirely new level
The fourth dimension is time, shape shifting in fact, and scientists are already working on the next revolution in additive manufacturing.
Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids
An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminate background noise is set to revolutionize modern-day hearing aid systems, scientists say. Despite remarkable advances in sound analysis in hearing aids, the actual microphone itself has remained essentially unc...
Understanding thermo-mechanical properties of a new class of materials
Scientists describe how an accurate statistical description of heterogeneous particulate materials, which is used within statistical micromechanics theories, governs the overall thermo-mechanical properties.
New software analyses the effect of climate change on buildings from the cloud
Construction companies have begun to use a simulation software which analyses for the first time the entire life cycle of a building, from creation to deconstruction. The tool, which can be used in the cloud, includes aspects such as energy consumption, materials and social repercussions. It also al...