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The chiton mollusk, which is about 1 to 2 inches long, has a series of eight large plates and is ringed by a girdle of smaller, more flexible scales. The mollusk is the inspiration behind a 3D printed armor. CREDIT Virginia Tech

Chiton mollusk provides model for new armor design

10 Dec 2019 Nature Communications

A tech jewel: Converting graphene into diamond film

Synthesis of the thinnest possible diamond-like material starting from bilayer graphene and without high pressure,

9 Dec 2019 Nature Nanotechnology

Storing data in everyday objects

Researchers at ETH Zurich have now collaborated with an Israeli scientist to develop a means of storing extensive information in almost any object.

9 Dec 2019 Nature Biotechnology

Jelly invention can heal itself like human skin

Scientists have invented a new jelly material that mimics biological matter such as skin, ligaments and bone, and which is very strong, self-healing and able to change shape.

8 Dec 2019 Advanced Materials

Hiring antibodies as nanotechnology builders

Nanotechnology enables the design and fabrication of molecular structures of nanoscale dimensions that hold a great potential for several applications in the near future, including biomedicine.

3 Dec 2019 Nature Communications

Scientists build a ‘Hubble Space Telescope’ to study the evolution of life through genome sequences

Sequencing the genome of life on Earth can unlock previously unknown secrets that yield fresh insights into the evolution of life, while bringing new foods, drugs and materials that pinpoint strategies for saving species at risk of extinction.

2 Dec 2019 Nature Biotechnology

Armored with plastic ‘hair’ and silica, new perovskite nanocrystals show more durability

The research team describes a multistep process to produce encased perovskite nanocrystals that exhibit strong resistance to degradation in moist environments.

29 Nov 2019 Science Advances

Material for safer football helmets may reduce head injuries

Helmets used in both combat and American football require impact-absorbing materials that protect against ongoing impacts, but it remains difficult to design materials that remain effective over time without compromising on volume, mass, or cost.

27 Nov 2019 Matter

Light-trapping nanocubes drive inexpensive multispectral camera

Plasmonic light detector could revolutionize multispectral imaging for cancer, food safety and agriculture

25 Nov 2019 Nature Materials

Drag can lift birds to new heights, Stanford researchers find

Future aerial design may owe a nod of thanks to five parrotlets flapping around in an instrumented flight chamber at Stanford University.

25 Nov 2019 Nature Communications

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