Spider silk 10 times stronger than Kevlar
Protein discovery has implications for biomechanics.
A newly discovered protein may be the key to the world’s toughest spider silk, researchers reveal in a finding that m...
An electronic chip that makes ‘memories’
Optogenetics can help mimic the brain.
What better way to build smarter computer chips than to mimic nature’s most perfect computer – the human brain? Bein...
New materials close in on the artificial heart
Researchers report success with polymers that can change shape.
Italian researchers are developing innovative photo-responsive materials they believe are capable of reproducing the ...
New transistor improves wearable tech
Washable and bendy, it marks something of a watershed.
A newly invented fibrous organic transistor coated in a crystalline nanostructure looks set to revolutionise the rapi...
Miniature icon heralds inkless printing process
New technique inspired by butterflies and Japanese art.
Researchers have succeeded in creating a reproduction of what is arguably Japan’s most iconic art image that stands j...
Spider glue resolves sticky problem
How spiders function provides clues for commercial adhesives.
Molecular-level insight into how spiders make glue that works in humid conditions could provide clues for better perf...
Better food protection on the way
DNA-infused patch signals the presence of pathogens.
The ubiquity of “best before” labelling on packaged foods may be coming to an end, with the development of a patch th...
Shrimps inspire next-gen GPS
Bio-inspired tech uses light patterns to locate objects.
Human vision is poorly equipped to pick out details beneath the surface of the ocean – mainly because our species des...
Vantablack, the blackest material ever made
Light-trapping carbon nanotubes are the secret ingredient.
The futuristic, eye-wrenching Vantablack coating is billed as “blacker than black”, and it lives up to the claim. The...
'Superlens' can spot etches on a Blu-ray DVD
New recipe for lens that boosts light microscope magnification.
A new sprayable superlens made of transparent nanospheres can boost microscope magnification to see data grooves on a...