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Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based materials makes them highly conductive, a boon for future electronics that could result in much more power-efficient laptops, electric cars and home appliances that also don’t need cumbersome power supplies.

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Spiders Spin Unique Phononic Material

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New discoveries about spider silk could inspire novel materials to manipulate sound and heat in the same way semiconducting circuits manipulate electrons, according to scientists at Rice University, in Europe and in Singapore.

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American Concrete Institute Announces New Structural Concrete Specifications

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The American Concrete Institute announces the availability of two important new documents for concrete industry professionals: ACI 301-16 Specifications for Structural Concrete, and the ACI Field Reference Manual. ACI 301-16 complements the completely reorganized ACI 318-14 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete

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New Nontoxic Process Promises Larger Ultrathin Sheets of 2D Nanomaterials

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Scientists have developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. The environmentally friendly process generates a 20-fold increase in surface area per sheet, which could expand the nanomaterials’ commercial applications.

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Ames Laboratory Scientists Receive DOE Award to Help Commercialize Promising Technology

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist Iver Anderson and postdoctoral research associate Emma White have been awarded a $325,000 grant from the DOE’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF).

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Growing Large-Volume Protein Crystals Bigger, Better in Space

An out of this world experiment to grow large-volume protein crystals aboard the International Space Station has proven successful. These sorts of crystals, which may be used in everything from basic biomedical research to drug design, can be grown bigger and better in microgravity -- a finding that may help the pharmaceuticals industry ease a drug design bottleneck, since difficult-to-grow large crystals are sometimes needed for experiments on structure that can guide drug design.

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Genes Find Their Partners Without Matchmakers

A new study provides more evidence that identical sections of DNA can match up with each other without the help of other molecules.

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Newly Discovered Material Property May Lead to High Temp Superconductivity

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Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Ames Laboratory have discovered an unusual property of purple bronze that may point to new ways to achieve high temperature superconductivity.

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Ultrasensitive Sensor Using N-Doped Graphene

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A highly sensitive chemical sensor based on Raman spectroscopy and using nitrogen-doped graphene as a substrate was developed by an international team of researchers working at Penn State.

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'Green' Energy From Garden Grass, Mars Rover's Laser Can Now Target Rocks All by Itself, World's Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Completes Search, and More in the Physics News Source Sponsored by AIP

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New Detector at South Pole Shows Early Success at Neutrino Hunting

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In the second it takes to read these words, 65 billion neutrinos will shoot through every square centimeter of your body. Luckily, these infinitesimal particles don't do any harm -- they pass through us, as they do with most everything, without stopping or interacting.

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Godfather of Concrete Discusses How Extreme Weather Affects World’s Most Used Product (and Whether You Can Fry an Egg on It)

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An Accelerated Pipeline to Open Materials Research

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The Bellerophon Environment for Analysis of Materials (BEAM) is an ORNL platform that combines scientific instruments with web and data services and HPC resources through a user-friendly interface. Designed to streamline data analysis and workflow processes from experiments originating at DOE Office of Science User Facilities at ORNL, such as the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) and Spallation Neutron Source (SNS), BEAM gives materials scientists a direct pipeline to scalable computing, software support, and high-performance cloud storage services.

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Scientists Unlock 'Green' Energy From Garden Grass

Garden grass could become a source of cheap and clean renewable energy, scientists have claimed.

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Designing a Geothermal Drilling Tool That Can Take the Heat

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Sandia National Laboratories and a commercial firm have designed a drilling tool that will withstand the heat of geothermal drilling.

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SLAC, Stanford Scientists Work with Startup to Get Tabletop Laser Through the ‘Valley of Death’

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Scientists at Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have collaborated with a local startup company to turn a novel tabletop laser – one that produces extreme ultraviolet light at unprecedented energies and pulse rates for studies of complex materials – into a commercial product.

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Stanford, SLAC X-Ray Studies Could Help Make LIGO Gravitational Wave Detector 10 Times More Sensitive

Scientists from Stanford University and the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are using powerful X-rays to study high-performance mirror coatings that could help make the LIGO gravitational wave observatory 10 times more sensitive to cosmic events that ripple space-time.

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Research Team Led by NUS Scientists Develop Plastic Flexible Magnetic Memory Device

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Associate Professor Yang Hyunsoo from the National University of Singapore led a research team to successfully embed a powerful magnetic memory chip on a flexible plastic material. This malleable memory chip hails a breakthrough in the flexible electronics revolution, and brings researchers a step closer towards making flexible, wearable electronics a reality in the near future.

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Researchers Discover Key Mechanism for Producing Solar Cells

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Researchers from the University of Houston have reported the first explanation for how a class of materials changes during production to more efficiently absorb light, a critical step toward the large-scale manufacture of better and less-expensive solar panels.

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Exploring Superconducting Properties of 3-D Printed Parts

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While many techniques can be used for 3-D printing with metals, most rely on computer-controlled melting or sintering of a metal alloy powder by a laser or electron beam. The mechanical properties of parts produced by this method have been well studied, but not enough attention has focused on their electrical properties. In Applied Physics Letters, researchers in Australia report creating a resonant microwave cavity that they 3-D printed via an aluminum-silicon alloy.