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Date:3/21/2011

a lesson from nature by investigating spider adhesive to reveal how the polymer material is both strong and flexible. After gaining an understanding of how the spider glue functions, the team was successful in mimicking the glue in the lab. Finally, Ming Xu (B28.00007) and colleagues at the Technology Research Association for Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (TASC) and National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japan have developed a new viscoelastic (or rubber-like) material built entirely of carbon nanotubes that retains its properties over a record temperature range, from -196 C to 1000 C. The material could be incorporated into craft headed to interstellar space, used inside high-temperature furnaces, or perhaps as high performance parts in airplanes and other vehicles. Xu will discuss the likely mechanisms behind the viscoelastic's record-setting temperature range as well as describing new methods the group has developed for creating softer, more elastic and stronger versions of the material.

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Monday, March 21, 12:30 p.m.

SUPERCONDUCTIVITY

This year is the centenary of Kamerlingh Onnes's discovery of superconductivity. To celebrate, this briefing looks at some of the practical benefits of materials that conduct electricity without the loss of energy to resistance. Examples include superconducting motors (the U.S. Navy plans to convert to all-electric propulsion, where low-footprint superconducting motors would be a boon), superconducting transistors (leading perhaps to "super-spintronics," technology that ta
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Contact: James Riordon
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301-209-3238
American Physical Society
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