Spider silk 10 times stronger than Kevlar
Protein discovery has implications for biomechanics.
A newly discovered protein may be the key to the world’s toughest spider silk, researchers reveal in a finding that m...
An electronic chip that makes ‘memories’
Optogenetics can help mimic the brain.
What better way to build smarter computer chips than to mimic nature’s most perfect computer – the human brain? Bein...
New materials close in on the artificial heart
Researchers report success with polymers that can change shape.
Italian researchers are developing innovative photo-responsive materials they believe are capable of reproducing the ...
New transistor improves wearable tech
Washable and bendy, it marks something of a watershed.
A newly invented fibrous organic transistor coated in a crystalline nanostructure looks set to revolutionise the rapi...
Miniature icon heralds inkless printing process
New technique inspired by butterflies and Japanese art.
Researchers have succeeded in creating a reproduction of what is arguably Japan’s most iconic art image that stands j...
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...
'Superlens' can spot etches on a Blu-ray DVD
New recipe for a cheap lens that boosts light microscope magnification five times.
A new sprayable superlens made of transparent nanospheres can boost microscope magnification to see data grooves on a...