materials science

  • Heading for Mars? Not until a lot of work on novel space materials is completed

    Flying to the Moon is one thing. Could recent advancements in nifty space materials help us get t...

    “This is space. It does not cooperate.” This quote – by stranded astronaut Mark Watney in The Martian – encapsulates ...

    Space Exploration November 26, 2021
  • Bubble casting: it's not hard to make soft robots

    “Fancy balloons” could accelerate the development of the bots.

    Soft robots – made from malleable material – can get into and around thousands of places their hard counterparts cann...

    Robotics November 11, 2021
  • Batt-trees? Cellulose in solid-state batteries shows promise

    Fibres from tree wood could advance lithium-ion power another step.

    Solid-state lithium-ion batteries are a hallowed goal in energy: they’d be more powerful – and safer – than current c...

    Materials October 25, 2021
  • A new world of plasma screens?

    The fourth state of matter can make cheap, smart, waste-free screen components.

    The plasma used to make the coating. Credit: Dr Behnam Akhavan Australian researchers have used plasma to make a m...

    Australia July 19, 2021
  • Material with zero thermal expansion

    Australian researchers have found an advanced material that doesn’t change size over a huge tempe...

    It’s a basic rule of chemistry and physics: when you heat things up, they get bigger. While there are exceptions (lik...

    Australia June 15, 2021
  • Breaking bad (and sometimes good)

    A new device is making the task of finding flaws in a thing – like every thing – a whole lot easier.

    Nothing counts except for your thirst, and you’re cracking open a cold can of cola to deal with the problem when… arr...

    Core Sciences June 4, 2021
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    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 ...

    Animals February 15, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pipe dream

    Eco-friendly concrete beats corrosion and fatbergs.

    Think of a big infrastructure system you’d like to keep running smoothly and sewage emerges near the top of the list....

    Materials September 28, 2020
  • 3D printing with a bit of give and take

    Researchers find heat provides a great deal of control.

    Materials scientists in the US say they have learned how to make liquid crystal shape-shift. That may not immediat...

    Materials September 26, 2020
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