Materials

  • Could houses on Mars be built with astronaut blood, sweat and tears?

    It’s a bloody good day for Martian construction companies.

    A dash of astronaut blood, a pinch of urine and a serving of space dust – mix it together and what do you get? Houses...

    Materials September 15, 2021
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    Animals September 13, 2021
  • 3D printing rocket and satellite parts

    A new system will make greener space technology, faster.

    The ability to 3D print satellite parts sounds like something out of science fiction, but Swinburne University of Tec...

    Australia September 8, 2021
  • 3D printing is helping paralympians gain an edge

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    By James Novak, The University of Queensland and Andrew Novak, University of Technology Sydney Major sporting even...

    Core Sciences September 4, 2021
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    Australia September 3, 2021
  • Spotted: Ghost surface polaritons

    Type of hybrid light-matter quasiparticle seen for the first time.

    For the first time, an international research team has demonstrated the existence of ghost hyperbolic surface polarit...

    Core Sciences September 2, 2021
  • Would you wear clothes made from muscle fibres?

    Artificial protein could produce super-strong fibres for clothing, produced by microbes

    Would you wear clothes made out of muscle fibres? What if they were stronger than silk, cotton and even Kevlar, and 1...

    Biology August 30, 2021
  • 3D-printed houses in Australia: a viable option?

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    As state and federal governments scramble to find solutions for how to best manage the next few years of the pandemic...

    Australia August 27, 2021
  • Acoustic tweezers put the pinch on particles

    Complex acoustic patterns can manipulate matter without touching it.

    There are no physical structures in this video. The “walls” guiding the particles through the liquid are actually a c...

    Core Sciences August 19, 2021
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    Materials August 16, 2021
  • Super spikes: the next shoe advantage?

    Another controversy about technology giving an unfair advantage at the Olympics? Nike just do it.

    Rai Benjamin of the US may have won the silver medal for Men’s 400-metre hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics this week, but...

    Materials August 5, 2021
  • Olympic cardboard beds win a silver medal

    Does cardboard cut it as furniture?

    The world’s best athletes are always the focus at Olympics, but this year in Tokyo they’ve been almost outperformed a...

    Materials July 29, 2021
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