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Biofuels Could Replace Fossil Fuels in the Shipping Sector
News 
3/30/2012  33 comments
A European study concludes that biofuels could provide economically and technically viable alternatives to marine fuels based on fossils.
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US Faces Off With China Over Rare Earths
Engineering Materials 
3/28/2012  66 comments
The US, the European Union (EU), and Japan have filed a World Trade Organization action against China for restricting the trade of rare earth minerals.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two Relies on Carbon Composites
Engineering Materials 
3/27/2012  18 comments
The first commercial spacecraft, which will begin powered flights this year, reportedly has an all-carbon composite structure.
Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives Dress Wounds
News 
3/26/2012  11 comments
The pressure-sensitive adhesives traditionally used in food applications can also be employed in wound dressings that stick to the skin.
Bioplastics Recycling Options Expand
Engineering Materials 
3/23/2012  17 comments
Although bioplastics are still a small part of the plastic waste stream, some manufacturers are talking to recyclers to develop recycling processes for their products.
Composites Boost Vega Satellite Launcher
News 
3/22/2012  15 comments
The European Space Agency's new Vega satellite launcher incorporates carbon-fiber composites to increase strength while maintaining its small size.
Slideshow: Medical Robots Assist Surgeons, Aid Paraplegics
Blog 
3/20/2012  22 comments
Robots are helping those who are paralyzed or have leg injuries walk again, and they can fetch and manipulate everyday objects.
Iron Nanospheres Turn Plants Into Plastics
News 
3/20/2012  24 comments
A new type of catalyst made of iron nanoparticles efficiently converts non-food plant waste into the building blocks of plastics, medicines, and paint.
iPhone App Accesses Braze Alloy Data
News 
3/19/2012  10 comments
The Wesgo Metals app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch helps engineers evaluate braze alloys by including the forms in which a given alloy is available, along with that alloy's mechanical properties.
Tiny Camera Sees Nonvisible Spectra
Engineering Materials 
3/16/2012  14 comments
A camera chip combining hyperspectral sensing with a machine-vision-grade image sensor will help incorporate spectroscopy into industrial vision applications.
Robot Aids Military With 3D Maps
News 
3/15/2012  23 comments
Robots will autonomously navigate a constantly changing environment by making three-dimensional maps that they continuously update.
Bioplastics Become Cost Competitive
News 
3/14/2012  13 comments
Renewably sourced engineering-grade plastics are getting stronger, more durable, and more plentiful.
Composites Strengthen Wind Turbine Blades
News 
3/12/2012  27 comments
Bayer MaterialScience introduced biobased polyurethane materials and a new process that may lead to stronger blades and lighter root rings in wind turbines.
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Body Armor Inspired by Piranha-Proof Scales
News 
3/8/2012  37 comments
A fish scale architecture impervious to piranha teeth could be imitated to produce composites with a hard ceramic surface for body armor or prosthetic devices.
EPA Finalizes PVC Production Emissions Standard
News 
3/7/2012  19 comments
The EPA's final version of its standards governing emissions from facilities that produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and copolymers is more stringent than previous regulations.
Multifunction Coatings Apply Harsh Environment Protection
News 
3/5/2012  18 comments
As operating conditions get tougher, coatings manufacturers are combining functions to make them more durable.
Tiny Robots Fly in Swarms
Engineering Materials 
3/2/2012  26 comments
Hand-sized quadrotor robot swarms can fly in formation, collectively navigate obstacles, and build structures.
Wearable Fabric Could Power Your iPhone
News 
3/1/2012  30 comments
A lightweight, flexible fabric could use body heat to power devices like iPods or iPhones.


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