Interactive screens from simple principles
Lee Constable looks at how smartphones became smart.
This is an excerpt from a feature article in the latest edition of Cosmos magazine. The most commonly used touchsc...
Shoes that stick and clothes that reveal
That may sound bad, but it actually isn’t.
What we wear isn’t just about comfort and style when scientists get involved. Function rules fashion. Two recent i...
Chemistry, concrete and ceramic cement
Two new ideas about materials old and new.
Whatever you’re building, strength tends to be a prerequisite, so anything that makes things stronger and more reliab...
The potential of pollen paper
Researchers create a material that responds to humidity.
Scientists in Singapore have created a paper-like material derived from pollen that bends and curls in response to ch...
A 'circular economy' and why we need one
It will tackle our waste crisis, while creating major benefits.
Australia generates 67 million tonnes of waste per year—that’s 2.7 tonnes per person, the weight of approximately two...
Using perovskite to help shape light
It’s a cost-effective option in Faraday rotators.
Researchers in Australia say they have found a way to manipulate laser light at a fraction of the cost of current tec...
Watching magnets in 3D
A complex world of waves and tornadoes.
British and Swiss scientists have developed a 3D imaging technique that allows them to observe complex behaviours in ...
New interest in old helmet design
Protection from shock waves is increasingly important.
The helmet may be old, but the vision you are looking at is relatively new. Credit: Joost Op 't Eynde, Duke Univer...
Aspdin’s concrete success
It was the highlight of an otherwise shady life.
“Our lives are full of artificial materials – plastic bottles, steel structures and glass facades. But while these ma...
Atom-scale materials are the next tech frontier
Getting ready for when silicon nanomaterials run their course.
Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the Bronze and Iron A...
Fine china from China
The science and secrets of porcelain were much in demand.
The science of porcelain would make a good plot for a spy novel – a story of ancient industrial espionage involving a...
Tiny bridges help particles stick together
For the strength and stability of an aggregate, size matters.
The structure and stability of soil changes as it gets wet, dry and wet again – something architects and engineers kn...