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January 19, 2017

Gecko-inspired adhesion controlled by light

Adhesive grips and releases objects thanks to UV-triggered azobenzene chemistry

January 19, 2017

On-demand pain relief, triggered by light

Injectable material can be repeatedly stimulated with near-infrared light to release painkillers

January 16, 2017

Turning oil paint into a gel helped 19th-century painters finish masterpieces faster

By recreating recipes for gumtion oil paint, researchers discovered how a formulation change revolutionized painting

January 16, 2017

Improved density functional theory method gets band gaps right

Popular cost-saving version of computational method now gives better predictions of semiconductor properties

January 16, 2017

Nanoparticles deprive tumors of their oxygen

Magnesium silicide particles can react with oxygen in acidic tumor environments

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