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Merelaniite Named Mineral of the Year

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Named for the region in Tanzania where it comes from, the International Mineralogical Association has declared merelaniite Mineral of the Year for 2016. An international team of mineral enthusiasts and scientists unraveled the mysterious layers that make up merelaniite's unique structure.

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Grant to Fund Research Into New Metamaterial That Provides Earthquake Protection

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Earthquakes and explosions damage thousands of structures worldwide each year, destroying countless lives in their wake, but a team of researchers at Penn State is examining a completely new way of safeguarding key infrastructure, thanks to a $50,000 Multidisciplinary Research Seed Grant provided by the College of Engineering.

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Steel, steel manufacturing, steel production, lightweight materials, lightweight automobiles, Lightweight, Manufacturing, Industry, Research, UK, Breakthrough

Lightweight Steel Production Breakthrough: Brittle Phases Controlled

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High-strength, lightweight steels can finally be processed on an industrial scale, thanks to a breakthrough in controlling undesired brittle stages from production, by WMG, University of Warwick.

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Materials Science, biomedical device, Biomedical, bioelectronics, Biosensor, Medicine, Polymers, Chemistry, Biochemistry

To Connect Biology with Electronics, Be Rigid, Yet Flexible

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Scientists have measured a thin film made of a single type of conjugated polymer — a conducting plastic — as it interacted with ions and electrons. They show how there are rigid and non-rigid regions of the film, and that these regions could accommodate electrons or ions — but not both equally.

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Materials Science, Advanced Photon Source (APS), complex oxides, materials simulation & theory, Superconductivity

Nickel for Thought: Compound Shows Potential for High-Temperature Superconductivity

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Argonne researchers have identified a nickel oxide compound as an unconventional but promising candidate material for high-temperature superconductivity. The project combined crystal growth, X-ray spectroscopy and computational theory.

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Research Finds Common Household Chemicals Lead to Birth Defects in Mice

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A new study at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech has found a connection between common household chemicals and birth defects.

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Researchers Send DNA on Sequential, and Consequential, Building Mission

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A team of scientists has developed a method to create structures whose building blocks are a millionth of a meter in size by encoding DNA with assembly instructions.

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Battery, battery materials, Electrolytes, ultra-low temperature, Electric Vehicles (Ev), Electrochemical energy storage, electrochemical capacitor, Lithium Batteries, lithium metal battery, Nanoengineering, UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, range anxiety, Energy Storage

Electrolytes Made From Liquefied Gas Enable Batteries to Run at Ultra-Low Temperatures

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed new electrolytes that enable lithium batteries to run at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius with excellent performance -- in comparison, today's lithium-ion batteries stop working at -20 degrees Celsius. The new electrolytes also enable electrochemical capacitors to run as cold as -80 degrees Celsius -- their current limit is -40 degrees Celsius.

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material chemistry, Material, Nanomaterial, syntheis, materials synthesis, low dimensional materials, Germanium, germanium based nanomaterials, semiconducting nancrystals, Solar Cells, solar cells development, LEDs, TVs, computer displays, miuxed halide perovskites, perovskites, Transportation

Synthetic Development of Low-Dimensional Nanomaterials Could Revolutionize Future Technologies

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Javier Vela, scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, believes improvements in computer processors, TV displays and solar cells will come from scientific advancements in the synthesis of low-dimensional nanomaterials.

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Materials Science, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS), Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), energy usage, Energy Storage, Batteries, Smart Grid, Chemical Sciences & Engineering, Technology Transfer

Argonne Hosts Battery Industry Day to Boost Collaboration

Argonne will highlight its array of innovative battery work – including its revolutionary Nickel Manganese Cobalt blended cathode structure – during Battery Industry Day on Wednesday, June 14.







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