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September 28, 2020

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New Method to Design Diamond Lattices and Other Crystals from Microscopic Building Blocks

Researchers describe a technique for using LEGO®-like elements at the scale of a few billionths of a meter. Further, they are able to cajole these ...

Vibration Device Makes Homes 'Smart' by Tracking Appliances

To boost efficiency in typical households - where people forget to take wet clothes out of washing machines, retrieve hot food from microwaves and turn off dripping faucets - researchers have ...

How Dangerous Are Burning Electric Cars?

What happens if an electric car burns in a road tunnel or an underground car park? In the Hagerbach test tunnel in Switzerland, researchers and tunnel safety experts set fire to battery cells of ...

Plastics, Waste and Recycling: It's Not Just a Packaging Problem

Discussions of the growing plastic waste problem often focus on reducing the volume of single-use plastic packaging items such as bags, bottles, tubs and ...
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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 ...

Saving Energy and Lives: How a Solar Chimney Can Boost Fire Safety

Built as part of the sustainable features of a new Australian building, the specially-designed solar chimney radically boosts safe evacuation time in a fire - from 2 minutes to over 14 ...

Rethinking Tsunami Defense

Careful engineering of low, plant-covered hills along shorelines can mitigate tsunami risks with less disruption of coastal life and lower costs compared to ...

A New Way to Cool Down Electronic Devices, Recover Waste Heat

Using electronic devices for too long can cause them to overheat, which might slow them down, damage their components or even make them explode or catch fire. Now, researchers have developed a ...

Giant Umbrellas Shift from Convenient Canopy to Sturdy Storm Shield

In a new approach to storm surge protection, a team has created a preliminary design for dual-purpose kinetic umbrellas that would provide shade during fair weather and could be tilted in advance of ...

Using Fiber Optics to Advance Safe and Renewable Energy

Fiber optic cables, it turns out, can be incredibly useful scientific sensors. Researchers have studied them for use in carbon sequestration, groundwater mapping, earthquake detection, and monitoring ...

How Fire Causes Office-Building Floors to Collapse

Researchers spent months meticulously recreating the long concrete floors supported by steel beams commonly found in high-rise office buildings, only to set the structures ablaze. These experiments ...

New Low-Cost Approach Detects Building Deformations With Extreme Precision in Real Time

A new camera-based method for measuring building deformations can detect small displacements from 10 meters away. The method could be useful for continuously detecting fast deformations in high-rise ...

New Approach to Sustainable Building Takes Shape in Boston

A new building about to take shape in Boston's Roxbury area could, its designers hope, herald a new way of building residential structures in ...

Two NE Tree Species Can Be Used in New Sustainable Building Material

Two tree species native to the Northeast have been found to be structurally sound for use in cross-laminated timber (CLT) - a revolutionary new type of building material with sought-after ...

'Wood' You Like to Recycle Concrete?

Scientists studied a method for recycling unused concrete with wood fibers. They found the conditions that produce new building materials with bending strength even greater than the original ...

An Early Warning System for Damage in Composite Materials

A team has developed a tool to monitor changes in widely used composite materials known as fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs), which can be found in everything from aerospace and infrastructure to wind ...

'Atomic Dance' Reveals New Insights Into Performance of 2D Materials

A team used electron microscopy to observe the cause of failure in a widely used 2D material, which could help researchers develop more stable and reliable materials for flexible electronic ...

Extreme Weather Conditions Can Tax Urban Drainage Systems to the Max

During a typical Canadian winter, snow accumulation and melt -- combined with sudden rainfalls -- can lead to bottlenecks in storm drains that can cause flooding. With that in mind, researchers have ...

Bats Inspire Detectors to Help Prevent Oil and Gas Pipe Leaks

Engineers have developed a new scanning technique inspired by the natural world that can detect corroding metals in oil and gas pipelines. By mimicking how bats use differing wavelengths of ...

Hybrid Technique to Produce Stronger Nickel for Auto, Medical, Manufacturing

Purdue University innovators have created a hybrid technique to fabricate a new form of nickel that may help the future production of lifesaving medical devices, high-tech devices and vehicles with ...

Current Model for Storing Nuclear Waste Is Incomplete

The materials the United States and other countries plan to use to store high level nuclear waste will likely degrade faster than anyone previously knew, because of the way those materials interact, ...

Flooding Damage to Levees Is Cumulative -- And Often Invisible

Recent research finds that repeated flooding events have a cumulative effect on the structural integrity of earthen levees, suggesting that the increase in extreme weather events associated with ...

Puzzle of Early Neolithic House Orientations Finally Solved

Human behavior is influenced by many things, most of which remain unconscious to us. One of these is known among perception psychologists as 'pseudo-neglect.' This refers to the observation ...

Formula 1 Technology for the Construction of Skyscrapers

Researchers are developing new vibration-control devices based on Formula 1 technology so ''needle-like'' high-rise skyscrapers which still withstand high winds can be built. ...

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