Materials

  • Shrimps inspire next-gen GPS

    Bio-inspired tech uses light patterns to locate objects.

    Human vision is poorly equipped to pick out details beneath the surface of the ocean – mainly because our species des...

    Materials April 5, 2018
  • Vantablack, the blackest material ever made

    Light-trapping carbon nanotubes are the secret ingredient.

    The futuristic, eye-wrenching Vantablack coating is billed as “blacker than black”, and it lives up to the claim. The...

    Materials May 31, 2017
  • 'Superlens' can spot etches on a Blu-ray DVD

    New recipe for lens that boosts light microscope magnification.

    A new sprayable superlens made of transparent nanospheres can boost microscope magnification to see data grooves on a...

    Materials August 15, 2016
  • Introducing the knitted circuit board

    Scientists have found a way to knit copper wiring and electronic sensors into fabric with applica...

    Lightweight, stretchy, machine-washable – and electrically conductive: it’s a fabric of the future. Researchers at th...

    Materials September 5, 2014
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