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Fatty layer covering snakeskin protects animal's underside against scrapes and wear.

Brian Owens, Contributor

Major companies from Hershey to Barilla are exploring the technology.

Devin Powell, Contributor

New form of matter fills in a decades-old gap in theoretical physics.

Michael Greshko, Contributor

Injectable biomaterial for treatment of heart attacks.

Marsha Lewis, Contributing Producer

When you squeeze them with a constant force, they can crumple at different rates.

Ben P. Stein, Contributor

Light manmade material can hold more than 100,000 times its own weight.

Marsha Lewis, Contributing Producer

Preserving paintings is now a matter of chemistry.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Two Massachusetts teams develop slick coatings to keep ketchup, other items from sticking to surfaces.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

A tiny new material can detect and repair damage to metal pipes.

Marsha Lewis, Contributing Producer

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