Materials

  • How toxic is foam insulation?

    Scientists call for rigorous analysis of under-tested chemicals used to make buildings “green”.

    Since industrialisation, chemicals have been rolled out without sufficient testing, resulting in dire consequences fo...

    Materials February 24, 2021
  • You might have missed...

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Body battery Engineers from the University of Colorado, Boulder, US, have created a wearable device that can draw ...

    Biology February 15, 2021
  • Highlight

    Cosmos Q&A: materials whirl

    From sticking plasters to wearable tech, functional materials are all around us.

    Engineer Madhu Bhaskaran co-leads the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT University, Melbou...

    Materials February 11, 2021
  • 3D-printed cancer fighter

    High-tech, drug-delivering stent offers hope for oesophageal cancer patients.

    The world’s first 3D-printed, drug-delivering oesophageal stent has been developed by Australian researchers at the U...

    Medicine February 4, 2021
  • Quantum brainiac

    Researchers prompt self-adapting atoms to mimic the human brain.

    Dutch physicists have just taken the first steps towards making a “quantum brain” by building a material that stores ...

    Physics February 2, 2021
  • Good as bone

    Australian researchers take 3D printing to the next level with material that mimics bone tissue.

    Australian scientists have 3D-printed bone-like structures containing living cells, which may create a whole new way ...

    Materials January 29, 2021
  • Explainer

    Keeping bites at bay

    Love the ocean but worried about sharks? We look at the science  – and success – of shark deterre...

    It’s summer, the heat’s glimmering off the tarmac, and Australians are flocking to the beach: it’s when we start thin...

    Materials January 22, 2021
  • Silicone memory?

    Metamaterial can be reprogrammed with different properties.

    If you need a material that can literally be changed to suit you over time, look no further. Metamaterials – meani...

    Materials January 21, 2021
  • Fold here for success

    DNA origami might be the answer for making superconducting nanomaterials.

    DNA is a clever molecule that folds easily, so it can be used to act as scaffolds for nanomaterials. This involves lo...

    Materials January 20, 2021
  • Nature inspires a new hydrogen sensor

    Microstructures imitate the surface of butterfly wings.

    Some see hydrogen as the fuel of the future, with the potential to service energy-intensive industries – like aviatio...

    Materials December 9, 2020
  • Keep cool like a camel

    The two-layer thing may work for technology too.

    US scientists have developed a bi-layer passive cooling technology they say is inspired by the way camels stay cool i...

    Materials November 14, 2020
  • Can objects bruise like we do?

    Korean scientists continue quest to make it possible.

    Scientists are trying to develop things that bruise. The theory goes that if skin can tell us where it’s damaged by c...

    Materials November 7, 2020
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