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Atomic Placement of Elements Counts for Strong Concrete

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Researchers at Rice University in Texas have published a study showing what happens when "structurally complex" materials like concrete  - a random jumble of elements rather than an ordered crystal - rub against each other. The scratches they leave behind can say a lot about their characteristics.

Source: A January 9 posting on the Web site Nanowerk. Read more (the link also includues a video report).

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