Fractal void cubes could make for better shock-dissipating armor

Researchers at LANL have hit upon a microstructure with impressive shock absorption. The team 3D-printed cubes with fractal void patterns inside them, which could be a useful structure for new materials in helmets, armor and other protective items.

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NEC mass produces plant-based bioplastic that breaks down in four years

In an effort to tackle to growing problem of plastic pollution, NEC Corp has today made commercially available a bioplastic made with plant ingredients that breaks down in the environment in around four years.

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New hydrogel could work as well as real cartilage in knee replacements

Cartilage plays a crucial role in your knees, but unfortunately once it’s damaged or worn out it’s hard to repair. Now, researchers at Duke University have created a new hydrogel that’s strong enough to withstand forces as well as natural cartilage.

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Color-changing film could give robots chameleon-like skin

A new type of ultra-thin film with an incredible ability to change color as it is twisted or bent could one day make its way onto robots to give them chameleon-like skin, or into cash as a means of verifying its authenticity.

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Color-changing film could give robots chameleon-like skin

A new type of ultra-thin film with an incredible ability to change color as it is twisted or bent could one day make its way onto robots to give them chameleon-like skin, or into cash as a means of verifying its authenticity.

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New phase of liquid crystal opens door to “new universe of materials”

More than 100 years after a pair of imaginative physicists first proposed a new phase of liquid crystal, scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder have managed to produce it and have been left “stunned" by its behavior.

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Never-before-seen “black nitrogen” plugs puzzle in periodic table

Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have created a form of nitrogen that’s never been seen before. Nicknamed “black nitrogen,” the new substance is crystalline, occurs in two-dimensional sheets, and could be useful in advanced electronics.

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Graphene shown to protect pipes from bacterial corrosion

Graphene, the highly-useful material consisting of a one-atom-thick sheet of linked carbon atoms, has already been shown to keep steel from rusting. Soon, though, it could also be used to stop bacteria from corroding metal pipes.

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