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Article ID: 699266

UGA New Materials Institute to Test First Fully Biodegradable Plastic Straw

University of Georgia

A research team will develop a fully biodegradable plastic straw thanks to an award from Singapore’s Temasek Foundation Ecosperity.

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21-Aug-2018 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 698215

Water Bottles, Other Recycled 3D Printing Materials Could Avoid Military Supply Snags

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Soldiers on the battlefield or at remote bases often have to wait weeks for vital replacement parts. Now scientists report they have found a way to fabricate many of these parts within hours under combat conditions using water bottles, cardboard and other recyclable materials found on base as starting materials for 3D printing. They say this ‘game-changing’ advance could improve operational readiness, reduce dependence on outside supply chains and enhance safety.

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Article ID: 698308

Nanobot Pumps Destroy Nerve Agents

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Once in the territory of science fiction, “nanobots” are closer than ever to becoming a reality, with possible applications in medicine, manufacturing, robotics and fluidics. Today, scientists report progress in developing the tiny machines: They have made nanobot pumps that destroy nerve agents, while simultaneously administering an antidote.

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Article ID: 699260

Bigger Proteins, Stronger Threads: Synthetic Spider Silk

Washington University in St. Louis

Scientists in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis have, for the first time, created a biosynthetic spider silk that behaves like the real thing. And they may soon make it even stronger.

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20-Aug-2018 6:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 699211

Researchers Discover Link Between Magnetic Field Strength and Temperature, Improving Thermometry Resolution

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Researchers recently discovered that the strength of the magnetic field required to elicit a particular quantum mechanical process corresponds to the temperature of the material. Based on this finding, scientists can determine a sample’s temperature to a resolution of one cubic micron by measuring the field strength at which this effect occurs. Temperature sensing is integral in most industrial, electronic and chemical processes, so greater spatial resolution could benefit commercial and scientific pursuits. The team reports their findings in AIP Advances.

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20-Aug-2018 10:40 AM EDT
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Article ID: 698170

A New Generation of Artificial Retinas Based on 2D Materials

American Chemical Society (ACS)

Scientists report they have successfully developed and tested the world’s first ultrathin artificial retina that could vastly improve on existing implantable visualization technology for the blind. The flexible device, based on very thin 2D materials, could someday restore sight to the millions of people with retinal diseases. And with a few modifications, the device could be used to track heart and brain activity.

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Article ID: 699200

Italian Highway Collapse Spurs Closer Look at Other Bridge Systems

Arizona State University (ASU)

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19-Aug-2018 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 699124

Novel Sensors Could Enable Smarter Textiles

University of Delaware

A fabric coating with thin, lightweight and flexible pressure sensors that can be embedded into shoes and other functional garments, sensors that can measure everything from the light touch of a finger to being driven over by a forklift. And it’s comfortable to boot!

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16-Aug-2018 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 699123

ICARUS neutrino detector installed in new Fermilab home

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab)

For four years, three laboratories on two continents have prepared the ICARUS particle detector to capture the interactions of mysterious particles called neutrinos at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. On Tuesday, Aug. 14, ICARUS moved into its new Fermilab home, a recently completed building that houses the large, 20-meter-long neutrino hunter. Filled with 760 tons of liquid argon, it is one of the largest detectors of its kind in the world.

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