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Shark skin biomimicry – from hull coating to health care

By Damir Beciri
2 Comments10 October 2009

great-white-sharkThe world of microorganisms is a dynamic one and all forms of life depend on microbial metabolic activity. In fact, there are more microbes living on and in every human being than there are human cells in our bodies. At the most basic level, there are microorganisms that are harmless or offer beneficial functions to… »


Capsules for self-healing electronic circuits

By Damir Beciri
19 September 2009

Capsules for self-healing electronic circuitsResearchers, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, are also working on capsule additives designed to heal failures in lithium-ion battery electrodes, to prevent the short-circuiting that can sometimes cause a fire. Capsules filled with conductive nanotubes that rip open under mechanical stress could be placed on circuit boards in the areas that are important… »


Bacteriophage which produce nanoscale electronics

By Damir Beciri
One Comment4 June 2009

sidebar-virus-battery-3-lg.jpgFor the first time, MIT researchers have shown they can genetically engineer viruses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion battery. Angela Belcher, the MIT materials scientist who led the research team said “The new virus-produced batteries have the same energy capacity and power performance as state-of-the-art rechargeable batteries being… »