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The new metal alloy, created using a laser manufacturing technique, possesses properties that rival the legendary material from medieval times.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

A small amount of water bound to the surface of the towel acts like glue to hold the cotton fibers together.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Picture shows what looks like a model bridge made of compressed sand grains, sitting on a lab table, next to beakers full of green liquid.

Combine sand, gelatin and bacteria, let them rest, and watch one brick turn into eight.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Water sticks to the snakes’ backs because of special properties of their scales.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

The lightweight sheets could combine hundreds of vibrating components to create tactile sensations.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Scientists found that some early commercial lithium batteries held up pretty well after about 35 years in storage.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

The rechargeable, lightweight batteries revolutionized the way we power a host of devices.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Researchers developed a way to weld pieces of brittle ceramics together using a laser that fires a million times per second.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

Researchers suggest that flexible blankets or domes made of silica aerogel could protect crops on the red planet.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

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