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Keeping Cool with a Black Semiconductor

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For the first time, scientists saw how black phosphorus nanoribbons conduct heat two times more in the zigzag direction than in another direction. Layered, crystalline black phosphorus could lead to microchips that let heat flow away and keeps electrons moving.

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Working Better Together: Two Materials Defining the Future of High-Speed Electronics

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Scientists achieved seamless heterojunctions of graphene-boron nitride nanotubes without using conventional semiconductors.

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Reporter Needed to Cover New 'Fast Pitch' Service from Newswise

Newswise Fast Pitch is the first service to invite reporters and communications people to meet via video conference and pitch story ideas. Reporters are highly satisfied with the results.

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The Gold Standard of Cracking Tests

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Scientists used high-speed photography and digital image analysis to observe both the events that cause cracks and the speed with which the cracks travel.

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Modular Construction on a Molecular Scale

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This is the first instance where synthesis of a crystalline framework in which proteins as well as metal ions and organic molecules are vital building components. This fabrication route has potential applications such as hydrogen fuel storage and carbon capture.

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Combining Electrons and Lasers to Create Designer Beams for Materials Research

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Scientists developed a new probe to measure dynamic behavior of materials on ultrafast timescales.

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Nano-Stiltskin: Turning Gold Into … See-Through Rubber

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Flexible solar panels would benefit from stretchable, damage-resistant, transparent metal electrodes. Researchers found that topology and the adhesion between a metal nanomesh and the underlying substrate played key roles in creating such materials.

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Towards Eco-friendly Industrial-Scale Hydrogen Production

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Scientists showed that adding lithium to aluminum nanoparticles results in orders-of-magnitude faster water-splitting reactions and higher hydrogen production rates compared to pure aluminum nanoparticles.

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Surf’s Up: Magnetic Waves on the Edge

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For the first time, a new class of magnetic materials, called topological magnon insulators, was revealed. This novel material can conduct magnetic waves along their edges, without conduction through the bulk material.

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Can We Beat Mother Nature at Materials Design?

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In a review article in Nature Materials, a team of scientists assessed the common design motifs of a range of natural structural materials and determined what it would take to design and fabricate structures that mimic nature.

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New Approach to Room-Temperature Materials Synthesis: Low Cost, Simple, and Controlled Composition

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A versatile two-step process allows for the controlled synthesis of new materials for energy technology.

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Understanding the Properties of High Tech Gels Used in 3-D Printing

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Gels that help prevent oppositely charged nanoparticles from settling out of solution enable applications from ceramic synthesis to adsorption of water. Scientists mapped out a mechanistic understanding of the gel, revealing contributions from three district phenomena.

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Simple Preparation for Affordable Solar Energy Storage

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A simple process made an electrode that absorbs sunlight and produces oxygen on tiny cobalt islands on a silicon electrode.

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Bridge to Coveted Electronic Properties

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A new tabletop system can accelerate materials characterization and further our understanding of magnetic and electronic properties that enable energy-efficient electronics and information storage.

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Nano-Sculptures for Longer-Lasting Battery Electrodes

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Scientists know how a liquid metal technique selectively removes elements from a block of well-mixed metals and creates intricate structures.

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A Shampoo Bottle That Empties Completely–Every Last Drop

Researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way to create the perfect texture inside plastic bottles to let soap products flow freely.

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Researches Look to Graphene to Support Desalination and Energy in Abu Dhabi

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The unique and valuable properties of graphene – a wonder material noted for its strength and electrical conductivity – are being leveraged by Masdar Institute researchers to help advance technologies of relevance to strategic local industries like oil and gas and desalination.

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Modeling of the Universe with Einstein; Learning About the Future From the Distant Past; Particle Zoo in a Quantum Computer and More in the Physics News Source Sponsored by AIP

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This Message Will Self-Destruct

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In movies and television shows, audio tapes or other devices self-destruct after delivering the details of impossible missions. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have taken it to a new level.

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Keep It Simple: Low-Cost Solar Power

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A new architecture takes very few processing steps to produce an affordable solar cell with efficiencies comparable to conventional silicon solar cells.