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Advances in Stretchable Semiconductors, Integrated Electronics

Scientists have reported major improvements in stretchable rubbery semiconductors such as rubbery integrated electronics, logic circuits, and arrayed sensory skins. The main breakthroughs are increases in the speed at which electrons can move through the material, and the integration of the electronics within the material.

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Orbital Welding Training: Tools for the Emerging Welding Workforce

Automatic orbital Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) is gaining popularity in a variety of industries in which maximum leak integrity, high performance, or ultra-cleanliness are of paramount importance. But implementing this system requires that weld operators acquire a deep understanding of the automated welding system on top of their basic industry knowledge.

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Why Hoses Fail and How You Can Prevent It

Refineries can be extra tough on hoses, so take extra care to extend useful life

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The International Year of the Periodic Table Officially Kicks Off in Paris

Chemists and physicists from around the globe congregated on January 29 in Paris to launch the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT). It is the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev’s (the “hero of Chemistry”) systematic ordering of the known elements based on their properties. The celebration focuses on the theme of collaboration across international boundaries thanks to this universal language of Chemistry.

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Can AI help crack the code of fusion power?

Controlled fusion, the holy grail of energy because of its near zero emissions, plentiful fuel, and much higher safety than standard nuclear (fission) power, may be attainable with the help of AI. TAE Technologies has teamed up with Google in using “the Optometrist algorithm” to identify the best conditions to achieve fusion.

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This New Material Does Something Pretty Unusual When Stretched

Researchers have discovered the first synthetic material—a liquid crystal elastomer—that becomes thicker, at a molecular level, when stretched. This property can exist in some natural materials (like human tendons), but being able to fabricate it is a breakthrough, and is thanks to recent advances in engineering, particularly 3D printing.

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Understanding and Measuring Time Delay in an Analytical Instrumentation System

Time delay in sample systems is the most common cause of inappropriate results from process analyzers. Process measurements are instantaneous, but analyzer responses are not. There is always a time delay from the tap to the analyzer.

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PTFE Hose Offers Unmatched Flexibility In Tight Spaces

But even PTFE has its limits, so keep the minimum bend radius in mind

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3D-Printing Interconnected Graphene Layers

A new way to 3D print graphene at a far higher resolution than before paves the way for the material’s use in smaller objects and a greater diversity of shapes than previously possible.

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Fluid Dynamics Simulation Reveals the Underlying Physics of Liquid Jet Cleaning

Semiconductor manufacturing involves cleaning processes. Due to environmental and health concerns, physical cleaning techniques such as liquid jets or underwater ultrasound are more desirable than the use of toxic chemicals. Researchers are only now attempting to understand the physics of physical techniques.

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