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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...