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April 16, 2014

Chemical Secrets Of Starfish Stickiness

Biomimicry: Researchers study how the sea creature roams its underwater environment without getting swept away

April 15, 2014

Manganese Dioxide Nanoparticles Increase Tumor Vulnerability To Radiation Therapy

Nanomedicine: The particles react with hydrogen peroxide to increase oxygen levels and pH in tumors

April 14, 2014

Promising Solar Cell Materials Also Emit Laser Light

Materials: Perovskites convert absorbed light into emitted light with surprisingly high efficiency

April 14, 2014

Toughening Up Elastomers

Materials Science: Inspired by hydrogel synthesis, two-part strategy yields strong yet soft elastic polymers

April 14, 2014

Better Material For IR Nonlinear Optics

Infrared nonlinear optical material is thermally stable and has high laser damage threshold

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