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Tears-inspired material changes its properties on stimuli

By Damir Beciri
11 April 2013

tunable-fluid-infused-porous-filmsInspired by properties of the liquid film that coats the eyes, a team of researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard cooperated in order to design a new kind of adaptive material able to change its transparency and wetability features when… »


Ancient Egyptian Faience inpires novel 3D printed ceramics

By Damir Beciri
14 September 2012

uwe-3d-printed-egyptian-ceramicsResearchers at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol are investigating ancient Egyptian Faience ceramic in order to develop a similar material which could be used by today’s 3D printers. The non-plastic ceramic material is interesting since it could be glazed and vitrified in a single go, thus significantly reducing the time and… »

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Unraveling Xylomannan – natural beetle antifreeze compound

By Damir Beciri
3 March 2012

upis-ceramboidesAnimals and plants living in snow and sub-zero areas have evolved all sorts of chemical tricks that allow them to live in these cold environments. There are various natural antifreeze compounds from such organisms, but researchers from RIKEN Advanced Science Institute at Wako focused on one called xylomannan – a natural antifreeze produced by the… »