When sensors get together
Matrix takes us further down the path towards electronic skin.
Advances in flexible sensors and organic electronics are moving us closer to the idea of creating electronic skin, bu...
Can your phone sweat to keep cool?
A new strategy for transient thermal management.
Chinese engineers are investigating whether our phones can regulate their temperature by sweating – sort of. Writing...
Triangles that can more than hold their own
Kirigami inspires a batch of strong structures with potential.
Kirigami will become more famous than origami if scientists keep up the current pace. Late last year Cosmos describe...
Medical devices you ingest and forget
All you need is a special gel and an LED light.
Medical devices can be inserted into the human gastrointestinal tract to treat, diagnose or monitor a range of disord...
Yes indeed, that’s cement setting
Using optical properties to try to create a greener process.
It’s been quite a week for cement stories in Cosmos. First, we reported on attempts to create a living concrete by co...
How to create living concrete
Bacteria potential in a new world of construction.
US researchers have created what they call a living concrete by combining sand and bacteria. It’s early days, but th...
Fold me a machine
The continuing quest for technology inspired by kirigami
For some time, engineers and mathematicians have been intrigued by the ancient Japanese art of kirigami (similar to t...
Irving Colburn's shining light
His ideas made mass production of glass for windows possible.
The English language is filled with glass references: people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones; a particularly v...
Protecting buildings during wildfires
Researchers investigate usefulness of fire-retardant blankets.
The early bushfire season in Australia has brought heart-breaking stories of loss – of human and animal life, and of ...
From chaos, sticky order
Creating a substance that will stick to just about anything.
This material might be the future of soft, nanomaterials. Researchers from the North Carolina State University, in ...
New gel could fireproof forests
Proof-of-concept application might cut wildfires by 70%.
A spray-on sticky gel might soon provide long-term protection against wildfires, researchers suggest. In a paper pu...
Want invisible ink? Just put water in your inkjet
But you’ll need this special paper to make it work.
Agent 86 from Get Smart would have a field day with this new paper developed by Chinese researchers. A cheap and recy...