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 •  October 13

Polymers are materials made of long, repeating chains of molecules. The materials have unique properties, depending on the type of molecules being bonded and how they are bonded. Some polymers bend and stretch, like rubber and polyester. Others are hard and tough, like epoxies and glass. Polymers touch almost every aspect of modern life. Chances...

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 •  September 21, 2015

Getting fuel from used plastics A new set of emerging technologies is helping to convert non-recycled plastics into an array of fuels, crude oil and industrial feedstocks ... The main product of fuel from plastic, when refined properly, is a diesel ...

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 •  August 31, 2015

The new technique overcomes that challenge by using fragments of ... However, the scientists noted that combining DPAC with 3D-printing and stem-cell technologies could help them begin to tackle some of these limitations. Follow Christopher Wanjek @wanjek ...

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 •  July 29, 2013

Melba Kurman, author, and Hod Lipson, Cornell University associate professor in mechanical and aerospace engineering, are co-authors of "Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing" (John Wiley & Sons, 2013) and leading voices in the field of 3D printing. They contributed this article to LiveScience's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights as part of their ...

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 •  July 20, 2013

An example of a design project gone haywire. These nearly identical variations of a design in progress were found littering the floor next to a 3D printer in a university lab. It's a good thing that a student could fabricate so many design prototypes in a single night. However, easy access to manufacturing tools might encourage a polluting, ...

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 •  March 24, 2013

Researchers in the field of materials science are using a new technique to create “paint-on” plastic electronics that can be used to make popular gadgets less expensive and better for the environment.
Scientists at the University of Michigan (U-M) recently announced that they’ve discovered a way to make unruly semiconducting polymers- like those ...

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 •  June 8, 2012

This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.
Miniaturization is the principal driver of the semiconductor industry, and the most significant challenge to continued miniaturization of electronic systems is energy efficiency.
"As we approach the ultimate limits of Moore’s Law, ...

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 •  December 8, 2011

This ScienceLives article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.
Marc Hillmyer loves plastic. He is fascinated by the incredible properties that these amazing materials exhibit. They can be stronger than steel, stop a speeding bullet, convert light into electricity, protect us from harmful pathogens, and ...