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Bioengineers have developed injectable hydrogels with bioactive molecules anchored to the chemical crosslinkers that give the gels structure.

Lowering the power of OLEDs

By understanding the precise sequence of charged monomers, researchers can predict the behavior of disordered strands of proteins and polymers.

By incorporating liquid metal droplets into an elastomer, researchers have created a highly stretchable, soft, multi-functional composite.

Scientists have discovered that the elasticity of gels arises from the packing of clusters of particles, dubbed locally glassy clusters, in the gels.

Researchers have developed a liquid mold from droplets that they can manipulate with magnets for creating lenses in various shapes and sizes.

Scientists have found that, in solutions of linear and ring polymers, the linear molecules thread themselves through the ring molecules when stressed.

A nanocomposite that combines polymer nanofibers and boron nitride nanosheets could make a superior dielectric material for flexible electronics.

penguin feathers and polar bear fur hold the key for designing effective thermal insulating materials

Inks made from 2D materials like graphene can be coated onto a polyester fabric in a simple dyeing process to produce electronic components.

hierarchical structure of horse's hoof inspires energy-absorbing, impact-resistant materials

A novel coating can promote droplet formation and shedding in low-surface-tension fluids, thereby improving heat transfer.

A new polymer coating for battery cathodes can improve the electronic and ionic conductivity of a battery while also improving its safety.

A novel foam made primarily from cellulose nanocrystals works better than Styrofoam for insulation.

The four-month accelerator, offering $50,000 in funding, is now accepting applications - apply before 30th May

Studying mayonnaise when it spins can help characterize the interface between an elastic-plastic material and a light material under acceleration.

A glue extracted from mussels and bio-active peptide molecules can help repair damaged nerves

A novel nano-container can take up hydrophobic compounds of various sizes and shapes in water and then release them in response to light.

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