Materials

  • 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
  • A novel approach to making leather

    Consider stepping out in mushroom shoes.

    If you love leather boots, handbags and wallets but feel iffy about their animal or synthetic sources, fungi may be t...

    Materials September 8, 2020
  • Electronic skin that behaves like skin

    New device mimics body’s feedback response

    Researchers at Australia’s RMIT University have developed prototype electronic artificial skin that senses and reacts...

    Materials September 2, 2020
  • Plug it into the wall

    Chemists create ‘smart bricks’ for energy storage.

    The humble house brick could one day help power electronic devices, if researchers at Washington University, US, are ...

    Materials August 12, 2020
  • Sun, smarts and clean drinking water

    Researchers explore potential of metal-organic frameworks.

    Scientists led by Australia’s Monash University have reported another breakthrough in their efforts to develop more e...

    Materials August 11, 2020
  • Tea from a different kind of silver

    Sometimes you can put metal in the microwave.

    Tea aficionados will tell you that you should never heat the water in a microwave, because the resulting brew just do...

    Materials August 8, 2020
  • Hair v razor. Why hair wins

    It’s soft but persistent, so just keeps chipping away.

    Any non-bearded male will tell you that (a) shaving is monotonous and (b) razors don’t last. No matter how much they ...

    Materials August 7, 2020
  • Chemists say solids don’t get brighter than this

    Maintaining fluorescence means smiles all around.

    These are 3D printed gyroids made from SMILES (small-molecule ionic isolation lattices), a new class of materials tha...

    Materials August 7, 2020
  • Who’s the fool now?

    Magnetic new role possible for a maligned material.

    Fool’s gold could actually be valuable, but only if you do something that no-one (fool or otherwise) has done before....

    Materials August 1, 2020
  • Attacking e-waste with ‘material microsurgery’

    Innovative small-scale approach has big potential.

    Australian researchers have reported early success with an innovative idea for recycling old electronic devices or e-...

    Materials July 31, 2020
  • Self-heal like a squid

    A new material inspired by natural protein.

    US and German researchers have developed a self-healing material inspired by squid ring teeth protein. Yes, you read ...

    Materials July 30, 2020
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