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Let the robot swarms begin!
Jun 21, 2020 18:00 JST

Bringing the green revolution to electronics
Feb 28, 2020 16:00 JST
Researchers are investigating how to make electronic components from eco-friendly, biodegradable materials to help address a growing public health and environmental problem: around 50 million tonnes of electronic waste are produced every year.
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Gaining more control over fuel cell membranes
Feb 21, 2020 08:00 JST
More organization at the molecular level could improve the efficiency of membranes used in the hydrogen fuel cells that provide energy to electric cars and other industrial applications, according to a review published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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Using bone's natural electricity to promote regeneration
Feb 13, 2020 01:00 JST
Some materials show promise promoting bone regeneration by enhancing its natural electrical properties, according to a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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Combined data approach could accelerate development of new materials
Feb 11, 2020 16:00 JST
Researchers in Japan have developed an approach that can better predict the properties of materials by combining high throughput experimental and calculation data together with machine learning.
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Measuring the wear and tear of metals
Feb 06, 2020 13:00 JST
For the past 50 years, researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) have been conducting detailed short- and long-term testing of a wide variety of structural materials manufactured in Japan to ensure they can withstand long-term stresses. Now, NIMS scientists have reviewed this data, in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials, summarizing the institute's major findings.
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Quantum dot imaging advances
Apr 16, 2019 16:00 JST
Investigations of 'quantum dots' for looking deeply into body tissues are rapidly evolving, but more work is required to ensure they are safe, according to a review published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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Electronics at the nanoscale: challenges and opportunities for making metal nanowires
Mar 26, 2019 04:00 JST
Silver, gold and copper nanowires are leading contenders for next-generation nanoscale devices, however greater understanding of how they work and improved production methods are needed before they can be widely used, explains a recent review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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The Future of Stretchable Electronics
Mar 24, 2019 16:00 JST
Stretchable electronics is emerging as a promising new technology for next-generation wearable devices, according to a review published in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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Progress in Self-assembling Nanomaterials
Feb 07, 2019 20:00 JST
Collaboration between material scientists, biologists and chemists could advance the development of self-assembling nanomaterials, called nanoarchitectonics, argues a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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Using Big Databases to find Superconductors of the Future
Jan 07, 2019 14:00 JST
Japanese researchers have found an approach to more quickly and successfully identify superconducting materials.
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Out of the fog: honeycomb films
Nov 23, 2018 08:00 JST
Researchers are producing honeycomb-shaped films using an approach that mimics what happens when we breathe on a glass surface. The films have potential use in numerous applications, from tissue regeneration and bio-sensing to solar cells, explains an article in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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Energizing heat for smart appliances
Nov 21, 2018 07:00 JST
Scientists are getting closer to designing thermoelectric materials that efficiently harvest heat from the surrounding environment and convert it into electricity to power various devices and appliances, according to a review of the latest research in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials. Devices made with these materials could avoid the need to recharge, change and dispose of batteries.
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Printing the 'Soft' Robots of the Future
Mar 12, 2018 14:30 JST
Three-dimensional printing offers unique advantages, but still faces many challenges, for fabricating small, flexible robots that can navigate through the human body and other confined spaces, according to a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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Moving beyond graphene
Feb 01, 2018 19:30 JST
Chemists are working to synthesize the next generation of super materials for high-performance electronics, solar cells, photodetectors and quantum computers. While they have made progress with compound materials, they have not yet succeeded in developing unaltered or "freestanding" materials for such devices, according to a review published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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Simple Biomechanical Test could aid Implant Success
Oct 10, 2017 21:00 JST
The quality of the tissue-implant interface is key to the success of implant integration. High-output benchtop screening can help developers in assessing the complex interplay between biomaterials and the body to better prepare for clinical trials, highlights a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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Japan pivotal in advancing energy storage and conversion materials
Sep 12, 2017 18:00 JST
The field of solid-state ionics originated in Europe, but Japanese scientists have significantly advanced it over the past 70 years, according to a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM).
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A new path to safer, solid batteries
Sep 04, 2017 23:00 JST
Researchers have identified new solid materials that could lead to the manufacture of non-toxic lithium-ion batteries, according to a study recently published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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From iPad to iPaper
Sep 04, 2017 01:00 JST
Imagine folding up a paper-thin computer tablet like a newspaper. It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but such flexible electronics are moving closer to reality, according to a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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The Game Algorithm that could Improve Materials Design
Aug 23, 2017 19:00 JST
Designing advanced materials is a complex process, with many potential combinations for precisely placing atoms within a structure. But now, scientists have developed a new tool that helps determine the ideal placements - thanks to an algorithm that identifies the best moves to win computer games, according to a study recently published in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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Printed 'coffee rings' avoided with nanofibers
May 10, 2017 22:30 JST
Drying is an important part of printing words and electronics. Particles suspended in liquid are applied to a surface and the liquid evaporates leaving the particles behind.
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Uncompromising on Organic Solar Cells
Mar 08, 2017 02:30 JST
Researchers developed a semi-transparent organic solar cell that achieves better efficiency and transparency than existing ones, according to a recent study in the Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
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Detecting Mercury with Gold
Mar 07, 2017 20:10 JST
Mercury is harmful even in small amounts. Detecting it currently requires expensive equipment. Researchers are working on a faster and cheaper alternative: a portable sensor that can perform a rapid analysis in the field. The key is finding something small and accurate enough to do the job.
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Imprinting Technology Improves Transistor-Based Biosensors
Feb 28, 2017 18:45 JST
Korean researchers are improving the fabrication of transistor-based biosensors by using silicon nanowires on their surface.
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Improving DNA-Detecting Transistors
Feb 24, 2017 20:30 JST
Researchers in India and Japan have developed an improved method for using graphene-based transistors to detect disease-causing genes.
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The Highs and Lows of Regenerative Medicine
Nov 09, 2016 07:30 JST
Scientists from the University of Malaya in Malaysia, Dr. Belinda Pingguan-Murphy et al., together with Prof. Sheikh Ali Akbar of Ohio State University, reviewed the most recent research on how the nanoscale topographies affect cellular regenerative responses.
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Shining Light on Disease
Nov 05, 2016 07:20 JST
Scientists use fragments of RNA and DNA with specific nucleotide sequences to identify others with complementary sequences, indicating, for example, the presence of a specific kind of virus.
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A Chain of Life for a Rare Neurodegenerative Disease
Nov 03, 2016 20:00 JST
The by-products of cellular processes need to be removed and degraded for cells to function normally. Tiny spherical vesicles, called lysosomes, act as the cell's main waste disposal system. Genetic abnormalities that affect them lead to waste accumulation inside cells.
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Imaging the Inside of Cells Using Polymeric Nanoparticles
Nov 01, 2016 07:00 JST
Nanoparticles are particles that are smaller than 100 nanometers. They are typically obtained from metals and, because of their tiny size, have unique properties that make them useful for biomedical applications.
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