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Making sense of metallic glass

11-Feb-2016

If you freeze any liquid fast enough, even liquid metal, it becomes a glass. Vitrified metals, or metallic glasses, are at the frontier of materials science research. They have been made by rapidly cooling alloys of various metals including, zirconium, palladium, iron, titanium, copper, and ...

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Compass Minerals reports 2015 results

Announces 5 percent dividend increase

10-Feb-2016

Compass Minerals reported lower full-year and quarterly earnings when compared to 2014 as a result of mild winter weather and a weak agricultural market. Despite the near-term headwinds, the company announced that its board of directors has approved a 5 percent increase in the quarterly dividend ...

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Riddle of cement’s structure is finally solved

Findings may guide development of formulas to make the material more durable, less CO2-intensive

10-Feb-2016

Concrete is the world’s most widely used construction material, so abundant that its production is one of the leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Yet answers to some fundamental questions about the microscopic structure and behavior of this ubiquitous material have remained elusive. ...

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From allergens to anodes: pollen derived battery electrodes

09-Feb-2016

Pollens, the bane of allergy sufferers, could represent a boon for battery makers: Recent research has suggested their potential use as anodes in lithium-ion batteries. "Our findings have demonstrated that renewable pollens could produce carbon architectures for anode applications in energy ...

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Key step toward custom-made nanoscale chemical factories

08-Feb-2016

Scientists have for the first time reengineered a building block of a geometric nanocompartment that occurs naturally in bacteria. They introduced a metal binding site to its shell that will allow electrons to be transferred to and from the compartment. This provides an entirely new ...

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Graphene is strong, but is it tough?

08-Feb-2016

Graphene, a material consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms, has been touted as the strongest material known to exist, 200 times stronger than steel, lighter than paper, and with extraordinary mechanical and electrical properties. But can it live up to its promise? Scientists at the U.S. ...

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Scientists guide gold nanoparticles to form 'diamond' superlattices

08-Feb-2016

Using bundled strands of DNA to build Tinkertoy-like tetrahedral cages, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have devised a way to trap and arrange nanoparticles in a way that mimics the crystalline structure of diamond. The achievement of this complex yet ...

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Scientists film exploding nanoparticles

Imaging nanoscale dynamics with unparalleled detail and speed

08-Feb-2016

Using a super X-ray microscope, an international research team has “filmed” the explosion of single nanoparticles. The team led by Tais Gorkhover from Technische Universität Berlin, currently working at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the U.S. as a fellow of the Volkswagen Foundation, ...

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Host-guest nanowires for efficient water splitting and solar energy storage

05-Feb-2016

California is committed to 33 percent energy from renewable resources by 2020. With that deadline fast approaching, researchers across the state are busy exploring options. Solar energy is attractive but for widespread adoption, it requires transformation into a storable form. Researchers report ...

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Researchers discover new phase of boron nitride and a new way to create pure c-BN

05-Feb-2016

Researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of the material boron nitride (Q-BN), which has potential applications for both manufacturing tools and electronic displays. The researchers have also developed a new technique for creating cubic boron nitride (c-BN) at ...

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