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Materials news, December 2013

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We round up the most popular news stories of 2013.

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A Duke research team has developed a better recipe for synthetic replacement cartilage in joints.

Researchers have found a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight.

A solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to be cheaper, more efficient, and requiring less manufacturing time.

Clemson University investigated an application allowing the human body to regenerate its own tissue.

A team of scientists use a small amount of graphene oxide to improve carbon nanomaterials which promises to improve composite materials.

The materials created by scientists start as flat slabs, but they morph into shapes that can be controlled by patterns written into their layers.

A project where no fewer than twenty researchers from five universities worldwide have collaborated to prove that polymers can also be semimetals.

Researchers of Technische Universität München have, for the first time, watched organic solar cells degrade in real time.

Rice’s research group test for terahertz peaks in batches of pure metallic nanotubes known as “armchairs”.

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have devised a novel way to realize electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework (MOF) materials.

Researchers have combined cutting-edge experimental techniques and computer simulations to find out how water dissolves crystalline structures

Researchers have added to a family of engineered, high-tech materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs): the ability to conduct electricity.

A research team used a unique optical metamaterial with a refractive index of zero to generate “phase mismatch–free nonlinear light”.

Scientists at SISSA and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia are researching micro-robotics, a field that represents a challenge for the future.

A research team at Berkeley Lab has discovered a way to introduce a recoverable strain into bismuth ferrite of up to 14-percent on the nanoscale.

New solutions for utilising fiber-based material in the textile process attract global interest.

Should we sacrifice part of our cultural heritage in order to achieve greater knowledge of the universe and the origin of humankind?

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