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Ancient Roman seawater concrete could teach us how to cut carbon emissions

By Damir Beciri
10 June 2013

roman-concrete-diverIn a quest to make concrete more durable and sustainable, an international team of geologists and engineers has found inspiration in the ancient Romans, whose massive concrete structures have withstood the elements for more than 2,000 years. The discovery could help improve the durability of modern concrete, which within 50 years often shows signs of… »

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Vanadium dioxide microactuator could be used in micro robotics

By Damir Beciri
17 December 2012

vanadium-dioxide-microactuator-1A group of researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new microscale actuator which could find its application in novel microfluidics, drug delivery, and artificial muscles. The actuators are smaller than the width of a human hair and are based on an oxide material… »


PaR-PaR – a biology-friendly robot programming language

By Damir Beciri
26 October 2012

hillson-group-1A collaboration between U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) resulted with a project named Programming a Robot (PaR-PaR) – a simple high-level, biology-friendly, robot-programming language that allows easier robot training. PaR-PaR could provide the researchers with ways to train the liquid-handling robots with greater ease… »