Materials

  • 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
  • To create a sponge, just add acetic acid

    Scientists find a strange kind of calcium carbonate.

    Canadian scientists have chanced upon a soft and spongy type of calcium carbonate, a material that is usually found i...

    Materials November 6, 2020
  • Step aside barcodes, here’s the Porcupine

    Researchers say they’ve raised the bar for molecular tagging.

    Scannable barcodes, QR codes and RFID tags may soon be surpassed by DNA-based tagging technology. Researchers from...

    Materials November 4, 2020
  • Research

    A step forward for molecular machines

    Near-infrared light antenna powers nano-scale motor.

    European chemists have achieved a long-standing goal in the field of molecular machines, developing a nano-scale moto...

    Materials November 3, 2020
  • Small spirals could have big impact

    Twistronics meets the world of non- Euclidean geometry.

    This microscopic, twisting spiral was "grown" by depositing sheets of 2D material over a substrate curved slightly by...

    Materials October 24, 2020
  • Looking at perovskite in a new light

    Australian team tackles a stability problem.

    Australian researchers may have overcome a significant hurdle in the global quest to develop next-generation perovski...

    Materials October 21, 2020
  • A new attempt to get water from the air

    Solar system works even in dry regions, researchers say.

    US and Korean researchers say they are a step closer to developing a practical way to extract drinkable water directl...

    Materials October 15, 2020
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