• Solar-powered desalination

    New device speeds up evaporation to desalinate water.

    A team of Chinese researchers have announced an efficient solar-powered desalination technique that directly uses the...

    Materials April 28, 2021
  • The right shoes help athletes run faster

    New shoe technology can drop marathon times by 2 minutes.

    The right shoes could help athletes reduces their race times. A team, led by Stéphane Bermon of World Athletics, M...

    Materials April 22, 2021
  • Why do big nuts rise to the top of the bowl?

    Shape and orientation are key.

    If you put your hand into a bag of mixed nuts or cereal, you might notice that the big bits are at the top. Why does ...

    Materials April 20, 2021
  • Brain organoids ready for real-time observation

    Cheap, multi-well device for brain development research.

    A group of researchers has grown small, self-organising blobs of brain tissue in multi-welled dishes to observe in re...

    Materials April 7, 2021
  • Prosthetic fin for injured turtles

    Innovative new prosthetic fin approved for trial on real, threatened turtles.

    A New Zealand researcher’s innovative new design for a prosthetic turtle fin could help rehabilitate injured sea turt...

    Materials March 30, 2021
  • Can a circular economy eliminate e-waste?

    Tech companies launch an alliance for circular electronics.

    Top tech companies including Google, Microsoft and Dell have released a vision for a circular economy for electronics...

    Materials March 19, 2021
  • Magazine

    Lithium: Powering the Green Revolution

    The race for better battery power has caused a “white gold” rush on lithium.

    by Richard A Lovett As the climate warms, sea levels rise and droughts, heatwaves and bushfires multiply, the need...

    Core Sciences March 16, 2021
  • Plastic fantastic fashion

    Recycled polyethylene: a new-look fabric that’s not a planet killer.

    How cool would it be to transform plastic bag waste into clothing, tackling two unsustainability issues in one? Until...

    Materials March 16, 2021
  • Shaped by the sun

    A solar cell mounted on the light actuated material can move and track a light source without wires, gears or motors....

    Materials March 12, 2021
  • How toxic is foam insulation?

    Scientists call for rigorous analysis of under-tested chemicals used to make buildings “green”.

    Since industrialisation, chemicals have been rolled out without sufficient testing, resulting in dire consequences fo...

    Health February 24, 2021
  • You might have missed...

    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Body battery Engineers from the University of Colorado, Boulder, US, have created a wearable device that can draw ...

    Animals February 15, 2021
  • Highlight

    Cosmos Q&A: materials whirl

    From sticking plasters to wearable tech, functional materials are all around us.

    Engineer Madhu Bhaskaran co-leads the Functional Materials and Microsystems Research Group at RMIT University, Melbou...

    AI February 11, 2021
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