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4 new elements added to periodic table

The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced the verification of the discoveries of 4 new chemical elements. The 7th row of the periodic table of the elements is now complete. The new elements and assigned priorities of discovery are: Element 113 (temporary working name and symbol: ununtrium, Uut): The RIKEN …

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A list beyond words

Looking for a summer reading list of substance? Try A List Beyond Words: The JOM Top Ten Greatest Works of Materials Fiction Revealed, by The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) in their July 2015 issue. The list is a result of a reader nomination and voting process conducted by …

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Better vitamins through nanotechnology

New research outlines how the creation of nanofibers could provide new and improved products and delivery systems for dietary supplements. Nanofiber materials produced through a process called electrospinning are attracting particular attention in the food industry because of their potential to control the release of chemical constituents in the body. Electrospinning uses an …

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3D polymer squeeze

This lump of polymer may look nice and smooth right now, but given a shove it can form complex pasterns of ridges or bumps on its surface—the result of 3D printing the harder, black material within a softer matrix. The material’s been created by a team from MIT using a …

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A petting zoo for materials

On the 17th floor of an office building near Rockefeller Center in New York City, Material Connexion has around 2,500 materials on display for clients to poke, prod, and bend. The library’s original creator called it a petting zoo for new materials. The entire collection includes 7,500 different substances—such as …

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