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A new hydrogel material can change shape on its own schedule.

The Fischer-Tropsch (FT) process converts synthesis gas (a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen) into hydrocarbons via a reaction that takes place on the surface of cobalt- or iron-based catalysts.

In another development related to the Fischer-Tropsch process, chemical engineers at Washington State Univ. have developed a catalyst to produce alcohols and aldehydes in a one-step, one-pot process.

Garments that protect against chemical warfare agents (CWAs) are typically made of carbon-based materials. Although such fabrics effectively capture and absorb CWAs, they are not able to degrade the hazardous compounds.

A new method for creating acoustic holograms vastly simplifies the process of using sound waves to move objects, which has application in ultrasonic diagnostics and material testing.

Tiny packets filled with the molecular machinery needed to turn DNA into proteins enables the biosynthesis of drugs without specialized equipment and refrigeration.

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