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HIV-Blocking Gel

HIV-Blocking Gel

Researchers at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina are developing a polymer gel capable of blocking the HIV virus. The gel meshes with semen to create a shield that blocks the ...

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Electronics-Free Robots

Electronics-Free Robots

Researchers at the Shuji Hashimoto Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan have taken the first steps towards creating an electronics-free robot. They have developed a chemical gel capable of autonomous movements without any electrical inputs. Their robot combines polymers that change their ...

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Electrospun Fibers Softer Than Silk

Electrospun Fibers Softer Than Silk

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a tissue-like material that is softer than silk and made up of fibers that are a thousand times thinner than a human hair. The unique fabric, according to the scientists, ...

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Self Repairing Polymers

Self Repairing Polymers

Researchers Biswajit Ghosh and Marek Urban at the University of Southern Mississippi are developing self-repairing polymers that will heal themselves upon exposure to sunlight. The new material is composed of scratch-resistant polyurethane, oxetane (OXE), and chitosan (CHI) – as the ...

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MonsterPod to Hold your Camera

MonsterPod to Hold your Camera

The MonsterPod was developed to provide a temporary mounting device for compact digital cameras, which can be attached to almost any surface and is capable of supporting up to 10 ounces of weight. Constructed with a viscoelastic polymer base, the ...

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250 DVDs on a Coin?

250 DVDs on a Coin?

Scientists at the University of California (UC) Berkeley, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, have developed an easily executable technique whereby nanoscale elements can accurately assemble themselves over sizeable surfaces. This finding could inadvertently change the face of the data ...

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Polymer Electric Storage

A team of materials scientists led by Qing Wang, associate Professor of materials science and engineering at Penn State, is currently developing ferroelectric polymer-based capacitors that can deliver power more rapidly than conventional batteries. The polymer, with the addition of ...

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Self-Repairing Aircraft

Self-Repairing Aircraft

Aerospace engineers at Bristol University have devised a new composite material for aircrafts that can self-repair. The new technique is based on hollow glass fibers that contain epoxy resin, which can be released into fractures created in the material. The ...

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Dive with Your Gadgets

A team of scientists from the Northeast Maritime Institute have invented a unique coating substance which protects gadgets against whatever perils which might be a result of contact with liquids. The coating, which the inventors say is ideal for application ...

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Keeping Your Car Clean Forever

Keeping Your Car Clean Forever

Chamelic, a spin off company from the University of Leeds in the UK, developed a new dirt repelling coating. The new invention could help avoid those frustrating situations in which it rains only a few moments after you finished washing ...

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