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Engineers at Harvard Univ. have developed a 12-sided self-folding device capable of capturing creatures from the darkest depths of the ocean, an innovation that has the potential to revolutionize our knowledge of marine organisms.

A new electrically conductive hydrogel has self-healing properties and a multitude of prospective uses, including the ability to act as electronic skin.

Manufacturing concrete requires a massive amount of energy that contributes up to 5–8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, and burning coal produces flyash as waste, which ends up primarily in landfills and contaminates the environment. To address these issues, researchers at Washington State Univ. (WSU) have developed a sustainable alternative to concrete that uses flyash rather than cement as its main ingredient and requires absolutely no heating to produce.

Chemical engineers at North Carolina State Univ. (NCSU) have developed a technique to make hydroformylation reactions safer and faster. Hydroformylation is a widespread industrial process used to make aldehydes, which are in turn used in a range of products, from paints to pharmaceuticals.

Neodymium ions combined with yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG) have long been the workhorses of the laser industry. Now, materials scientists at Univ. of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) have successfully dissolved high concentrations of neodymium ions into alumina crystals, creating a unique ceramic-based laser material that can emit high-power, ultrashort laser pulses.

Engineers from the Univ. of Utah have modified nanoparticles to enhance their uptake in the gastrointestinal tract. This development could be harnessed to create novel drug delivery agents that could be swallowed, rather than injected.

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