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...
Spider glue resolves sticky problem
How spiders function provides clues for commercial adhesives.
Molecular-level insight into how spiders make glue that works in humid conditions could provide clues for better perf...
Better food protection on the way
DNA-infused patch signals the presence of pathogens, offering better safety for consumers. Andrew...
The ubiquity of “best before” labelling on packaged foods may be coming to an end, with the development of a patch th...
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...
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...