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Materials news, August 2014

A collaboration of US and EU researchers has found that the viscoelectric properties of a spider’s leg helps it to detect vibrations

The new graphene? The next big thing in the high-tech world are the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materials.

By combining plasmonics and optical microresonators, researchers have created a new optical amplifier (or laser) design.

Researchers have created a CMOS-compatible, biomimetic color photodetector that directly responds to red, green and blue light, like a human eye.

Researchers have demonstrated that electron microscopy can be used to reveal a three-dimensional structure in which all gold atoms are observed.

The awardees selected from papers published in 2013 in the Acta Journals: Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, and Acta Biomaterialia are...

Organolead perovskites made from recycled lead for photovoltaics.

Researchers have devised a quick way to test the structural materials used to build nuclear reactors, details reported in the journal Scripta Materialia.

Scientists have turned the study of bacterial nanowires on its head, discovering that the key features in question are not pili, as previously believed.

Surprising locked charge polarizations that impede performance.

Beyond the invisibility cloak

Singapore-based journal records its highest impact factor of 18.432.

The findings open a doorway on a chemical galaxy containing vast numbers of new molecules for making drugs, plastics and unprecedented smart materials.

Physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus.

A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper.

Researchers describe their investigations of the fundamental optical properties of a new class of semiconducting materials.

Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions similar to tissue in the rat brain.

Using heat treatment to convert cigarette filters into a supercapacitor material for energy storage.

Nitrogen vacancy centers in diamond film.

UCL scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons.

A multi-institutional team has resolved a long-unanswered question about how two of the world’s most common substances interact.

An outline of Marilyn Monroe's iconic face appeared on the clear, plastic film when a researcher fogs it with her breath.

Notable increases for Elsevier's materials science journals.

MIT engineers have fabricated a new elastic material coated with microscopic, hairlike structures that tilt in response to a magnetic field.

Scientists have managed to combine two semiconductor materials, consisting of only three atomic layers each.

Researchers at MIT have found a way to study bonding failures directly, revealing the crucial role of moisture in setting the stage for failure.

Researchers used a horse model to undertake an analysis of all the proteins and protein fragments present in healthy and injured tendons.

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