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A new method of stacking nanomaterials like a layer cake allows for the self-assembly of complex structures.

A flexible, transparent conductor made of ultrathin metal could replace the conductor indium tin oxide (ITO) in solar cells, light-emitting diodes, and electronic displays.

A new synthetic version of spider silk could be used to deliver antibiotics or grow new tissues thanks to a method of functionalizing the silk with a metaphorical click.

Tiny robots equipped with valves, motors, pumps, and storage space could one day be implanted in the body and deliver drugs through a remote control.

Microfluidic chips that mimic physiological processes are becoming valuable tools for studying human organs and developing treatments for diseases. These microchips, called organs-on-chips, serve as miniature labs of sorts for investigating organs in vitro.

Facilities subject to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements reduced their air emissions of toxic chemicals by 56% (851 million lb) since 2005.

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