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July 25, 2016

Dandelions, the scourge of lawns, may be a fount of rubber

Researchers and start-ups are nourishing the roots of a sustainable alternative to the rubber tree

July 25, 2016

Adding a catalytic membrane to lithium-air batteries improves performance

Preventing buildup of harmful products boosts battery efficiency and lifetime

July 25, 2016

Midas touch hardens titanium

Thanks to its superior properties, the alloy β-Ti3Au could replace titanium in medical implants

July 25, 2016

Researchers demonstrate they can store data by pushing around atoms

Rewritable atom-based memory has data density 500 times higher than that of commercial disk drives

July 25, 2016

Boron chemistry branches out

Electron poor but chemically rich element with a storied past continues to surprise with a surge of new developments

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