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Fast, non-destructive test for two-dimensional materials
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:56:21 EDT
A fast, nondestructive optical method for analyzing defects in two-dimensional materials has been developed, with applications in electronics, sensing, early cancer diagnosis and water desalination.

New material inspired by a sea worm changes according to the environment
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:20:57 EDT
The gelatinous jaw of a sea worm, which becomes hard or flexible depending on the environment around it, has inspired researchers to develop a new material that can be applied to soft robotics. Despite having the texture of a gel, this compound is endowed with great mechanical resistance and consistency, and is able to adapt to changing environments.

No, complex is not complicated -- it is rather simple
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:39:09 EDT
The simplest experimental system to date to identify the minimum requirements for the emergence of complexity has been developed.

The world's fastest film camera: When light practically stands still
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:38:39 EDT
Forget high-speed cameras capturing 100,000 images per second. A research group has developed a camera that can film at a rate equivalent to five trillion images per second, or events as short as 0.2 trillionths of a second. This is faster than has previously been possible.

Engineers investigate a simple, no-bake recipe to make bricks from Martian soil
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 09:17:23 EDT
Explorers planning to settle on Mars might be able to turn the planet's soil into bricks without needing to use an oven or additional ingredients. Instead, they would need to apply pressure to compact the soil--the equivalent of a blow from a hammer.