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Imaging lithium dendrite growth via cryo-electron microscopy

Method preserves and reveals structure and composition details obscured by standard microscopy methods

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Making invisible inks more invisible

Simple process converts MOF in invisible ink to luminescent nanocrystals, providing reversible invisibility

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Nanotextured glass becomes 'invisible'

Etching nanoscale patterns into glass gives it antireflective properties

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Mussels? iron grip inspires strong and stretchy polymer

Iron-catechol cross-links used by the seafood favorite to cling to rocks help chemists create innovative material

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Giving needle-free flu vaccines a shot

Despite a setback in developing injection-free delivery methods, some strategies are showing promise

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Manganese thiophosphite joins 2-D materials club

Ultrathin flakes provide opportunity to probe antiferromagnetism

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Toothpaste compounds, including triclosan, build up in toothbrushes

Bristles and tongue cleaners accumulate and release common toothpaste components, scientists find

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Machine learning streamlines electronic structure calculations for molecules

Approach bypasses the most resource-intensive density functional theory equations

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Zapping a ZIF improves its gas-separating properties

Applying an electric field to framework material enhances its ability to sort propene from propane

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2-D materials make photodetectors ultra-efficient

Stacking ultrathin transition metal dichalcogenides improves devices? ability to convert light into electrical signals

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Engineered bacteria build microstructures on their own

Microbe-built domes coated with gold nanoparticles can serve as simple pressure sensors

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3-D printing: A tool for production

Interest from manufacturers and big chemical companies shows that 3-D printing isn?t just for hobbyists

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Liquid MOFs debut

Framework compound retains crystal structure and porosity in a high-temperature liquid state

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Octopus-inspired robot skin goes 3-D

Engineers create stretchable silicone material that inflates to predesigned textured shapes

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Microneedle skin patch fights fat

The patch slowly and safely releases a drug that transforms white fat to brown in mice

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Chemists triple down on metal helicates

Combining a multidentate ligand with various metals leads to triple-stranded complexes with potentially useful magnetic properties

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Strong, stretchy surgical glue

Human-protein-based hydrogel holds arteries and lung tissue together without leaks in animal tests

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Ionic liquid gel gives supercapacitors a boost

Encasing the charge-conducting material in methyl cellulose yields gelled electrolyte for charge-storage devices

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Catalyst closes a gap in hetero Diels-Alder reaction

Powerful acid family enables cycloaddition of unactivated aldehydes and dienes

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Frustrated polymers heal themselves

Researchers take frustrated Lewis acid-base pair concept in a different direction with a new mode of cross-linking in self-healing gels

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