Video interview: New PI motor

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Mark Freyer, Head of the Product Division for Piezoelectric Inertia Motors at Physik Instrumente in Karlsruhe, discusses their new stick-slip piezomotor.

Metallophilic crosslinking: a silver bullet for self-healing polyurethanes

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Researchers at IK4-CIDETEC report a new, isocyanate-free synthesis of self-healing polyurethanes using a metallophilic crosslinking method.

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Video abstract: thermogelling polymers in medicine

Dr Loh Xian Jun discusses his review article on potential clinical applications for biodegrable thermogelling polymers.

Carbon nanotube broadband polarisers

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Cole et al. report the fabrication of free-standing, horizontally aligned carbon nanotube membranes.

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Ali Khademhosseini at the 2014 ACS National Meeting

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Professor Ali Khademhosseini spoke to us about his research into regenerative medicine at the 2014 ACS National Meeting in San Francisco.

Nanoelectronics gets a boost from electron-beam processed nanowires

Series of still scanning electron micrographs (a to d) show how the electron beam is used to create nanowires. Image: Junhao Lin / Vanderbilt.

Flexible metallic wires, only three atoms wide, produced with scanning transmission electron microscope.

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Nissan unveil self-cleaning prototype

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Nissan in Europe has begun tests on super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt.

Video abstract: progress in alkali-activated materials

John Provis of the University of Sheffield gives an overview of his latest publication: Durability of Alkali-Activated Materials: Progress and Perspectives.

Improving optical communications: better structures or new materials?

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Optical fibers are approaching their useful design limit – a new video abstract discusses possible solutions for this essential technology.

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Startups in materials science: interview with Ben Wang

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We chat to Ben Wang, founder of Svaya Nanotechnologies, about turning research into companies and the differences between Silicon Valley and academia.