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May 23, 2016

Core-shell nanocatalysts stretch out noble metals

Method boosts efficiency of costly metals by forming an atomically thin shell on an inexpensive metal-carbide core

May 23, 2016

How silver ink and lasers can create twisted 3-D components

A new printing method could help create custom wiring for miniature electronics

May 23, 2016

Making bright colors out of thin air

Precisely placed airholes in a polymer produce matte structural colors

May 23, 2016

Getting drones to perch via electroadhesion

Energy-saving technique could help lightweight aerial robots work longer without recharging

May 23, 2016

Art conservators struggle with microscopic eruptions in masterpieces

Lurking in paint layers, metal soaps are forming and damaging paintings

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