superballistic electrons
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Super-ballistic electron flow confirmed

01.12.2017 tribonet 1,157 Views

Behaving like particles in a viscous fluid can help bunches of electrons squeeze through a tight space. When many people try to squeeze through a passageway at the same time, it creates a bottleneck that […]

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Morphable surfaces could cut air resistance

30.11.2017 tribonet 599 Views

Adding golf ball-like dimples to surfaces could reduce drag and improve efficiency of vehicles. There is a story about how the modern golf ball, with its dimpled surface, came to be: In the mid-1800s, it […]

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The science of slippery bananas

24.11.2017 tribonet 607 Views

They’re yellow. They’re radioactive. And they’re very slippery. Yes, they’re bananas, and we have just found out why they’re so slippery. So yellow … yes we all know that. But radioactive? Well yes, bananas are […]

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The ‘Origami Robot’ that can be ingested

19.10.2017 tribonet 3,788 Views

Ever swallowed a button-battery? And wondered how to get it out? Have no fear, the origami robot is here! That’s right, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has come up with a pill-sized origami robot, which will […]

Cement Strength
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Concrete strength is determined by internal friction

03.10.2017 tribonet 303 Views

Cement materials, including cement paste, mortar, and concrete, are the most widely manufactured materials in the world. Their carbon footprint is similarly hefty: The processes involved in making cement contribute almost 6 percent of global […]

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Triboelectric charges on HDPE are strain induced

08.09.2017 tribonet 706 Views

New research indicates how static electricity puts the charge in material, offering answer to centuries-old question For centuries, scientists have tried to understand triboelectric charging, commonly known as static electricity. Triboelectric charging causes toner from […]

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Vanishing Friction

01.08.2017 tribonet 718 Views

Illustration: Christine Daniloff/MIT and Alexei Bylinkskii A new technique tunes friction between two surfaces, to the point where friction can vanish. MIT researchers developed a frictional interface at the atomic level. The blue corrugated surface […]

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Nanotechnology Flight Test

29.07.2017 tribonet 903 Views

Mastering the intricacies of controlling matter at the nanoscale level is part of a revolutionary quest to apply nanotechnology to benefit industrial processes. A key element of that technology is the use of carbon nanotubes. […]