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Mechanical properties news, July 2017

Spider silk shown to resist twisting forces by yielding when twisted, helping to dissipate energy.

Submissions are being accepted for the 2018 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Researchers in Developing Countries.

Find out who will receive one of the 2016 Acta student awards.

A new ‘controlled spalling’ layer transfer technique can derive thin films from superconducting gallium nitride crystals.

Scientists have increased the stiffness, or ‘elastic modulus’, of a soft silicon-based polymer by infusing it with tiny pockets of liquid gallium.

Scientists have developed a method for pulling super-stretchy and strong fibers with properties similar to spider silk out of a hydrogel.

Scientists have enhanced the strength and temperature resistance of a transition metal disilicide alloy by adding two new metals.

A new strong, thermally-stable nickel-containing alloy could prove an ideal replacement for silicon in microelectromechanical systems.

Using a new polymer material that undulates when illuminated, scientists have developed the first device for converting light directly into walking.

Scientists have found that amorphous regions of a polymer film can transport ions, while crystalline regions are better at conducting electrons.

A new way to create extremely thin electrically conducting sheets within crystals could lead to reconfigurable electronic circuits.

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