Robot loose in the chem lab
Modern researcher makes its own decisions and discoveries.
This will either inspire or terrify you, depending on your view of such things. British researchers have built an ...
Shining bright without light
Researchers working to make chemiluminescence viable.
In the world of microscopy, fluorescence is king, but chemiluminescence is snapping at its heels. The ability to a...
Doing spiders out of a job
Researchers use bacteria to produce silk.
Spider silk has a lot going for it. It’s strong, very light, biodegradable and biocompatible, and has the potential t...
Smile, we’re taking a good look at your teeth
Scientists now know a little more about decay.
Materials scientists in the US say they have cracked one of the secrets of tooth decay by identifying a small number ...
Taking protective clothing up a notch
Playing with fibres may offer new performance levels.
US researchers are developing a nanofibre they believe could revolutionise safety gear for soldiers, emergency servic...
Super-strong surgical tape does come off
Researchers tweak their impressive adhesive.
Last year, as we reported in Cosmos, US engineers unveiled a double-sided adhesive that could quickly and firmly stic...
Clock synchronisation at serious speed
New technique may enable all-optical networks.
British engineers say they have developed a technique that synchronises the clocks of computers in under a billionth ...
Bubbles for plants and drones for mosquitoes
Two novel ways of delivering the goods.
The answer to most things these days is an app or a drone, so it’s rare when one of these falls short of the mark, le...
How to mop up excess carbon dioxide
Australians claim record with a super sponge.
Australian researchers say they have raised the bar for carbon dioxide capture and storage with a technology that res...
‘Spiderlab’ films some free-flying specimens
Cable-suspended mini lab gathers detailed flight data.
If you’ve watched a butterfly fluttering around your garden, you’ll know that flying insects have evolved efficient s...
A possible new way to deliver clean water
Ultrathin nanosheets filter out lead and mercury.
Australian and Chinese researchers have created an ultrathin sieve membrane from 2D nanosheets they say can filter po...
William Shockley gets lost in Silicon Valley
He knew how to make, but not how to manage.
Silicon Valley is synonymous with technology. Over the past 50 years, an area of northern California once known for o...