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Snake scales inspire anti-friction steel coating

Snake scales inspire anti-friction steel coating
A snake moves without legs by the scales on its belly gripping the ground. It generates friction at the points needed to move forwards only and prevents its scales from being worn off by too much friction. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) researchers have found a way to transfer this feature to components of movable systems. In this way, durability of hip prostheses, computer hard disks or smartphones might be enhanced.
18th August 2015

Geckos inspire the ultimate outer-space adhesive

Geckos inspire the ultimate outer-space adhesive
A piece of tape can only be used a few times before the adhesion wears off and it can no longer hold two surfaces together. But researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, are working on the ultimate system of stickiness, inspired by geckos. This article's main image shows an artist's conception of a future robot that could use its "gecko" feet to carry out, for example, ISS maintenance.
17th August 2015

3D printing concrete can cut pollution by 50%

3D printing concrete can cut pollution by 50%
  WASP has begun its challenge to print houses with 100% natural materials, travelling 0km. Concrete is bad for our planet, it generates Co2, however WASP says that with 3D printing, it can cut down pollution by more than 50%.
12th August 2015


Laser reflecting products are long lasting

Laser reflecting products are long lasting
The Technical Ceramics business of Morgan Advanced Materials has announced that it has expanded its capabilities in producing standard and customised high reflectance ceramic cavities in laser reflectors. High performance alumina-based ceramic reflectors for solid-state lasers are suitable for a wide variety of industrial and healthcare applications, including cutting and welding, marking, or even hair and tattoo removal. 
7th August 2015

Thin films offer promise for ferroelectric devices

Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology demystify the ferroelectric properties observed in hafnium-oxide-based thin films, revealing a potentially useful device material.
5th August 2015

For faster, larger graphene add a liquid layer

For faster, larger graphene add a liquid layer
  Millimetre-sized crystals of high-quality graphene can be made in minutes instead of hours using a new scalable technique, Oxford University researchers have demonstrated.
30th July 2015

Solder paste stability provides printing benefits

Solder paste stability provides printing benefits
Farnell element14 has introduced LOCTITE GC 10, the first-ever temperature stable solder paste, from Henkel. The paste is stable at 26.5°C for one year and at temperatures of up to 40°C for one month, providing benefits from shipping and receiving as well as printing and reflow.
29th July 2015

Highly viscous silicone-free paste prevents slumping

Highly viscous silicone-free paste prevents slumping
The newly launched TCP091 silicone-free paste from Robnor Resins is now available from Ellsworth Adhesives Europe. The paste has been specially formulated to provide efficient and reliable heat transfer across the interface between electronic components. Developed to optimise performance, the paste is highly viscous, a property that helps prevent slumping.
29th July 2015

Flexible bag effectively bomb-proofs planes

Flexible bag effectively bomb-proofs planes
A four-layer bag has been successfully tested as an innovative means of thwarting terrorist attacks on commercial flights. Named FlyBag, the device can be used as a blast-, vibration- and heat-resistant container for hold luggage, offering a balance of strength and flexibility to protect the plane and its occupants from the explosive force of a bomb.
27th July 2015

Growth in hydrocyclone demand drives further investment

Growth in hydrocyclone demand drives further investment
A further significant investment in Morgan Advanced Materials capability has been made to produce high-specification ceramic hydrocyclone liners at its manufacturing facility in Rugby, Warwickshire, UK, following unprecedented levels of demand from the oil & gas sector. The investment involves the recruitment of five new employees as well as additional kilning and grinding capacity to satisfy increased demand from South East Asian and African oilfields.
23rd July 2015


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