Materials

  • 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...

    Materials January 26, 2020
  • 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...

    Materials January 23, 2020
  • 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...

    Materials January 22, 2020
  • 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...

    Materials January 20, 2020
  • 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...

    Materials January 19, 2020
  • 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...

    Materials January 15, 2020
  • 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...

    Materials December 16, 2019
  • History

    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...

    Materials December 15, 2019
  • 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 ...

    Materials October 15, 2019
  • 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 ...

    Materials October 14, 2019
  • 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...

    Materials September 30, 2019
  • 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...

    Materials September 25, 2019
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