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Research shows how salt in the environment can destroy ancient buildings and art.

Joel Shurkin, Contributor

Researchers make robots by electrifying paper.

Charles Q. Choi, Contributor

Splashing Droplets Can Take Off Like Airplanes

Patricia Waldron, Contributor

A decades-old discovery may be crucial to increasing solar panel efficiency.

Ker Than, Contributor

Metal whiskers wreak havoc on electronics, but their origin has remained unknown.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Making powerful artificial muscles with fishing line and sewing thread.

Marsha Lewis, Contributing Producer

Tiny, delicate flowers grown in a beaker help to explain complex structures.

Karin Heineman, ISTV Executive Producer

New material could automatically deliver medication inside your body.

Marsha Lewis, Contributing Producer

A new concrete repels water and could be close to maintenance-free.

Katharine Gammon, Contributor

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