Fiber-reinforced hydrogel is 5 times stronger than steel

The newly developed fiber-reinforced hydrogel consists of polyampholyte gels and glass fiber fabric

Hydrogels are made of hydrophilic polymer chains that absorb up to 90 percent water. They’ve shown significant potential in everything from wound dressings to soft robots, but their applications have been limited from their lack of toughness – until now. A team of scientists at Hokkaido University have developed a new set of hydrogel composites or “fiber-reinforced soft composites” that combine hydrogels with woven fiber fabric to create a material that is five times stronger than carbon steel.

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Daily Deals 02/26/17




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Amazon has announced some major changes in how they pay affiliates once again and I’m going to be making some changes here as a result. This Daily Deal post, for example, takes quite a bit of time to create each day and I’ll be dropping it as a feature. I’ll still check the daily deals and post any that look interesting, but not all of them in detail. Instead, I’ll be using that time to create more posts of new and bargain books that aren’t in the Daily Deals. My current plan is to still post the free MP3s from eMusic and Naxos and the free book from Packt, but only if it isn’t a duplicate of one I’ve posted before. I’ve had suggestions that I allow indie authors to purchase an ad or guest post, no more than one per day. What are your thoughts? Any features you don’t read or wish there were more of? Feel free to leave me a comment below.

Today on Amazon’s Gold Box, get up to 40% Off on Select Athletic Clothing Accessories and 35% Off on Mentos sugar-free gums.

The Audible Audiobook of the Day is Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion ($15.99 Kindle, $3.95 Audible), written and narrated by Gary Vaynerchuk [HarperAudio].

The Nook Audiobook of the Day is The Miniaturist ($23.61 Audible/$5.99 WS, $3.99 Nook) by Jessie Burton, narrated by Davina Porter.

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is Red carpet reads, $4.99 or less on Kindle; B&N has nearly as many on their NOOK Daily Find and there is a similar sale at Kobo. My pick of the litter would be A Dog’s Purpose: A Novel for Humans ($3.99 Kindle), the first in the series by W. Bruce Cameron [Forge Books / Macmillan], of course, but if you already have that one, check out the recently released Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created ($2.99 Kindle), by Lev Grossman and John Sutherland [Black Dog & Leventhal / Hachette]. With over 40 titles to choose from, I’ve only included a sampling below.
A Dog’s Purpose

A Dog’s Purpose—the #1 New York Times bestseller—is heading to the big screen! Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Britt Robertson, KJ Apa, John Ortiz, Peggy Lipton, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, Pooch Hall and Dennis Quaid. A Dog’s Purpose is produced by Gavin Polone (Zombieland, TV’s Gilmore Girls). The film from Amblin Entertainment and Walden Media will be distributed by Universal Pictures. Screenplay by W. Bruce Cameron & Cathryn Michon and Audrey Wells and Maya Forbes & Wally Wolodarsky.

Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend. This moving and beautifully crafted story teaches us that love never dies, that our true friends are always with us, and that every creature on earth is born with a purpose.

Bailey’s story continues in A Dog’s Journey, the charming New York Times and USA Today bestselling direct sequel to A Dog’s Purpose.

Literary Wonderlands

A glorious collection that delves deep into the inception, influences, and literary and historical underpinnings of nearly 100 of our most beloved fictional realms.

Literary Wonderlands is a thoroughly researched, wonderfully written, and beautifully produced book that spans four thousand years of creative endeavor. From Spenser’s The Fairie Queene to Wells’s The Time Machine to Murakami’s 1Q84 it explores the timeless and captivating features of fiction’s imagined worlds including the relevance of the writer’s own life to the creation of the story, influential contemporary events and philosophies, and the meaning that can be extracted from the details of the work. Each piece includes a detailed overview of the plot and a “Dramatis Personae.” Literary Wonderlands is a fascinating read for lovers of literature, fantasy, and science fiction.

Laura Miller is the book’s general editor. Co-founder of Salon.com, where she worked as an editor and writer for 20 years, she is currently a books and culture columnist at Slate. A journalist and a critic, her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the “Last Word” column for two years. She is the author of The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia and editor of the Salon.com Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Authors.

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Hollywood Gothic ($1.99 Kindle), by New York Times bestselling author Thomas Gifford

Convicted of murder, a screenwriter gets a chance to clear his name

The police find Toby Challis clutching his bloodstained Oscar statuette, his wife dead at his feet. He claims innocence, but the jury doesn’t buy it, believing that such a cinematic murder could spring only from the mind of one of Hollywood’s finest screenwriters. Nearly driven mad by the time spent waiting for the verdict, Challis has no idea how he will survive more than a decade in the big house. Lucky for him, he won’t have to find out—yet.

To transport Challis to prison, the state provides only an old prop plane. A freak blizzard hits it hard, knocking it out of the sky and killing everyone on board but the convict. Challis escapes into the woods, to find the man who killed his wife and plan what every script needs: a Hollywood ending.

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Man Arrested, Charged In West Milford Home Burglary

WEST MILFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey police have arrested a man in connection to a burglary in Passaic County last week.

West Milford Police arrested 21-year-old Austin Demarest, of Hewitt, for allegedly entering an unlocked home on Riverside Road and stealing jewelry, collectible coins, and loose change.

The homeowner’s juvenile son disrupted the burglary when he came home from school, according to police.

Demarest is charged with one count of burglary and one count of theft. Police say he’s the primary and only suspect in two other burglaries in the same area, which both remain under investigation.

The suspect was transported to Passaic County Jail where he awaits his first court appearance.

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Driver accused in New Orleans truck crash had blood alcohol level of .232

  • Suspect Neilson Rizzuto’s blood alcohol level three times over limit
  • Five people in ‘guarded’ condition but lives not thought to be in danger

A driver accused of injuring 28 people in New Orleans after plowing a pickup truck into a crowd watching a Mardi Gras parade had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit soon after the crash, police said on Sunday.

Related: New Orleans: dozens injured after pickup truck ploughs into parade crowd

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Sean Spicer Has Completely Lost Control, Is Now Wildly Searching For Source Of Leaks To Media

Where is Melissa McCarthy when you need her??

Sean Spicer is completely losing control of the White House, and an incredible new report in POLITICO details exactly how bad Sean’s been at his communications job of late.

Related: Trump’s Approval Ratings Hit Record Low! Sad!

According to the political news outlet, Spicer held an “emergency” meeting with the entire White House communications staff last week — only the meeting wasn’t about anything.

Instead, it was a ruse to get every single staffer in a room, take their government-issued and personal cell phones, and look through all the devices to try to figure out who is leaking so much administration info to the press.

He admonished the group of staffers about leaks, after which that meeting immediately leaked out to POLITICO, and now we’re reporting on it!

LOLz!!

Spicey has lost control of his team!!!

Related: Bernie Sanders 1, Donald Trump 0

Here’s how it all went down, according to the news outlet’s leaked source info:

“Upon entering Spicer’s office for what one person briefed on the gathering described as ‘an emergency meeting,’ staffers were told to dump their phones on a table for a ‘phone check,’ to prove they had nothing to hide. Spicer, who consulted with White House counsel Don McGahn before calling the meeting, was accompanied by White House lawyers in the room, according to multiple sources. There, he explicitly warned staffers that using texting apps like Confide — an encrypted and screenshot-protected messaging app that automatically deletes texts after they are sent — and Signal, another encrypted messaging system, was a violation of the Presidential Records Act, according to multiple sources in the room. The phone checks included whatever electronics staffers were carrying when they were summoned to the unexpected follow-up meeting, including government-issued and personal cellphones.”

This administration is horrified and running scared because their own staffers don’t believe the bullshit and misdirection they constantly spew.

At some point here, heads have to roll.

It’s becoming abundantly clear that Spicer has not only lost control of his communications staff, but the administration as a whole can’t plug leaks coming out of staffers from all corners who recognize Donald Trump‘s gross incompetence and repeated problems.

Read the whole report about leaks and emergency ‘meetings’ HERE.

Surely, The Donald can’t be happy about Spicer’s inability to lead his staff!