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Vanadium Dioxide breaks the scientific mold with game-changing properties

Vanadium Dioxide breaks the scientific mold with game-changing properties
April 5, 2017

Imagine a material that can harness excess heat from engines and use it to generate electricity. Imagine that same material could coat windows to trap heat in the winter but let it go in the summer. Imagine that same material working in computer chips, switching itself on and off in less than a ten-billionth of a second.

Synthetic Stem Cells Could Help Reverse Heart Failure

Synthetic stem cells could help reverse heart failure
March 6, 2017

In many ways, the heart is like a tire. Its elastic walls handle immense pressure, and work tirelessly to keep the rest of the body moving. Like a tire, the walls of the heart can wear down over time, the elastic does not spring back as readily as it used to and the tire cannot hold up to the high pressure the way it did when it was new.

Silver Nanowires Could be Key to Printable Electronics

Silver nanowires could be key to printable electronics
March 3, 2017

Every smart phone, computer and electronic device relies on conducting circuits: loops of material that funnel electrons through a device. As electronics get more sophisticated, however, engineers are looking for new ways to make circuits that are more flexible and that can work on different surfaces.