Materials

  • 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
  • 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...

    Materials November 7, 2020
  • 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...

    Materials November 6, 2020
  • 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...

    Materials November 4, 2020
  • Research

    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...

    Materials November 3, 2020
  • 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...

    Materials October 24, 2020
  • 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...

    Materials October 21, 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
  • Diamonds not behaving like diamonds

    With a tweak they can do more than just insulate.

    Scientists may have found a way to make diamonds more like metal. That probably won’t excite jewellers, but it could ...

    Materials October 7, 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
  • Taking building tips from a glass sponge

    Mechanically robust lattice inspired by nature.

    This humble deep-sea glass sponge may inspire a new generation of construction. Credit: Matheus Fernandes/Harvard ...

    Materials September 23, 2020
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