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...
OK nurse, tape him up
Spider-inspired adhesive could replace surgical sutures.
Spiders may be scary to some, but you can’t deny they’re clever and at times inspirational. Already this year Cosmos...
Protecting buildings during wildfires
The 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 ...
Microfactory turns recycling on its head
Transforming recyclables into useful plastic products.
In 2018 China stopped buying our recycling. Then, in July of this year, Indonesia started turning it back by the cont...
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...
Mother of pearl inspires mother of all armours
Researchers develop a plastic that’s much tougher than steel.
US researchers have mimicked the outer coating of pearls to create a plastic they say is 14 times stronger and eight ...
Developing chameleon 'smart skins'
The way they change colour is even smarter than we thought.
The ability to rapidly change colour the way chameleons do – not to mention neon tetra fish and some butterflies – is...
Hemp is set to become the next big thing.
Hemp might just prove to be a sustainable alternative.
Since nations like the U.S. and Australia have lifted their bans on growing hemp, a revolution is brewing. Innovator...