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Civil Engineering News
August 13, 2020

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Incorporating Solar Harvesting Into the Side of Buildings Could Enhance Energy Sustainability

If builders could incorporate solar harvesting into the siding of a building, the amount of energy from the grid that a structure would need may ...

Molecular Forces: The Surprising Stretching Behavior of DNA

Experiments with DNA molecules show that their mechanical properties are completely different from what those of macroscopic objects - and this has important consequences for biology and medicine. ...

Hydrogel Paves Way for Biomedical Breakthrough

Dubbed the 'invisibility cloak', engineers have developed a hydrogel that allows implants and transplants to better and more safely interact with surrounding ...

Origami Microbots: Centuries-Old Artform Guides Cutting-Edge Advances in Tiny Machines

Origami principles can unlock the potential of the smallest robots, enhancing speed, agility and control in machines no more than a centimeter in ...
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Sustainable Chemistry at the Quantum Level

Scientists are now using new quantum chemistry computing procedures to categorize hypothetical electrocatalysts that are 'too slow' or 'too expensive', far more thoroughly and ...

Origami Metamaterials Show Reversible Auxeticity Combined With Deformation Recoverability

New research expands the understanding of origami structures, opening possibilities for mechanical metamaterials to be used in soft robotics and medical ...

Do Bicycles Slow Down Cars on Low Speed, Low Traffic Roads? Latest Research Says 'No'

New research demonstrates that bicycles do not significantly reduce passenger car travel speeds on low speed, low volume urban roads without bicycle lanes. The research shows that differences in ...

Better Wastewater Treatment? It's a Wrap

A shield of graphene helps particles destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the free-floating genes in wastewater treatment ...

Construction: How to Turn 36 Seconds Into USD 5.4 Billion

A team of researchers have, for the first time ever, linked 40 years of productivity data from the construction industry with the actual work done. The results show that productivity in the ...

Machine Learning Reveals Vulnerabilities in 3D-Printed Carbon-Fiber Composites

Components made of glass- and carbon- fiber reinforced composites, soaring in high-performance applications, can be 3D printed. A team of researchers has found that the printer head toolpaths are ...

Self-Powered Alarm Fights Forest Fires, Monitors Environment

Scientists designed and fabricated a remote forest fire detection and alarm system powered by nothing but the movement of the trees in the ...

Laser Allows Solid-State Refrigeration of a Semiconductor Material

A team used an infrared laser to cool a solid semiconductor by at least 20 degrees C, or 36 F, below room ...

Strainoptronics: A New Way to Control Photons

Researchers discovered a new way to engineer optoelectronic devices by stretching a two-dimensional material on top of a silicon photonic ...

Synthetic Materials Mimic Living Creatures

Researchers have developed a family of soft materials that imitates living creatures. When hit with light, the film-thin materials come alive -- bending, rotating and even crawling on ...

Unlocking PNA's Superpowers for Self-Assembling Nanostructures

Researchers have developed a method for self-assembling nanostructures with gamma-modified peptide nucleic acid, a synthetic mimic of DNA. The process has the potential to impact nanomanufacturing ...

Minimizing Thermal Conductivity of Crystalline Material With Optimal Nanostructure

Researchers have minimized thermal conductivity by designing, fabricating, and evaluating the optimal nanostructure-multilayer materials through materials informatics (MI), which combines machine ...

Acoustics Put a Fresh Spin on Electron Transitions

Electrons are very much at the mercy of magnetic fields, which scientists can manipulate to control the electrons and their angular momentum -- i.e. their ...

Spontaneous Formation of Nanoscale Hollow Structures Could Boost Battery Storage

An unexpected property of nanometer-scale antimony crystals -- the spontaneous formation of hollow structures -- could help give the next generation of lithium ion batteries higher energy density ...

New Research Leads to Lighter and Greener Bridges

A recently completed research project revealed the potential for reducing material used for a suspension bridge deck by more than 25 per cent -- meaning a saving of up to 30 per cent of CO2 ...

From Dark to Light in a Flash: Smart Film Lets Windows Switch Autonomously

Researchers have developed a new easy-to-use smart optical film technology that allows smart window devices to autonomously switch between transparent and opaque states in response to the surrounding ...

'Nature's Antifreeze' Provides Formula for More Durable Concrete

Secrets to cementing the sustainability of our future infrastructure may come from nature, such as proteins that keep plants and animals from freezing in extremely cold conditions. Researchers have ...

Bricks Made from Plastic, Organic Waste

Revolutionary 'green' types of bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibers or sand with the help of a remarkable new kind of recently discovered ...

Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy GPS-Like System for Flexible Medical Robots

Roboticists have developed an affordable, easy to use system to track the location of flexible surgical robots inside the human body. The system performs as well as current state of the art methods, ...

Riddled With Holes: Making Flexible Thin-Film Electronics More Durable

Researchers have developed a simple approach for controlling the otherwise random formation of cracks in flexible thin-film conductors, greatly increasing the durability of flexible electrodes and ...

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