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Graphene-coated ribbons of vanadium oxide, seen in a scanning electron microscope image, might be the best electrode for lithium-ion batteries yet tested, according to researchers at Rice University. Credit: Ajayan Group/Rice University Hybrid ribbons of vanadium oxide (VO2) and graphene may accelerate the development of high-power lithium-ion batteries suitable for electric cars and other demanding applications.

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Limpet teeth set new strength record

Engineers find that limpets' tiny teeth are made of the strongest biological material ever tested.

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Spinning Trap Measures 'Roundness' of an Electron

Finding out the roundness of an electron could help scientists test extensions of the standard model, the reigning particle physics model.

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Super-Strong Graphene Has an Achilles' Heel

An electron microscope image shows a pre-crack in a suspended sheet of #graphene used to measure the overall strength of the sheet in a test at Rice University.

First look at Facebook's massive new R&D labA water jet cutter at Facebooks new R&D lab. Image: facebook By Karissa Bell2016-08-03 11:37:52 UTC MENLO PARK Calif. When you think about hardware Facebook is likely not the first company that comes to mind. But the social network is now investing more in hardware development than ever before. Facebook on Tuesday opened the doors to its new 22000-square-foot hardware research and development lab to reporters. Here engineers from teams across…