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Smart Materials Get SMARTer


July 11, 2012

News thumbnail for Engineering Few synthetic materials are able to mimic the human body's ability to regulate itself--until now. In the July 12 issue of Nature, a team of engineers from the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University has presented a strategy for building self-regulating microscopic materials, ultimately paving the way toward so-called smart buildings with more energy-saving features and smarter biomedical engineering applications. Full Story

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