• History

    Aspdin’s concrete success

    It was the highlight of an otherwise shady life.

    “Our lives are full of artificial materials – plastic bottles, steel structures and glass facades. But while these ma...

    Features February 16, 2020
  • Conversation

    Atom-scale materials are the next tech frontier

    Getting ready for when silicon nanomaterials run their course.

    Every age in the history of human civilisation has a signature material, from the Stone Age, to the Bronze and Iron A...

    Materials February 13, 2020
  • AI may alter how doctors treat depression

    Computer predicts patient outcomes based on EEG.

    US researchers say a computer can accurately predict whether an antidepressant will work based on a patient's brain a...

    AI February 10, 2020
  • History

    Fine china from China

    The science and secrets of porcelain were much in demand.

    The science of porcelain would make a good plot for a spy novel – a story of ancient industrial espionage involving a...

    Materials February 9, 2020
  • AI can sort cause from coincidence

    Healthcare company spruiks new algorithm, but will it work?

    As scientists and school children know, correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation. Just because something looks ...

    AI February 6, 2020
  • Tiny bridges help particles stick together

    For the strength and stability of an aggregate, size matters.

    The structure and stability of soil changes as it gets wet, dry and wet again – something architects and engineers kn...

    Materials February 5, 2020
  • History

    Roy Plunkett's accident

    Recognising novelty led to the development of Teflon.

    When New Scientist magazine profiled “eight great accidents in scientific discovery” in 2017 it included such unlikel...

    Materials February 2, 2020
  • Fancy a world where jellyfish get speedy?

    New prosthetic could turn them into assets, researchers say.

    US engineers have developed a tiny prosthetic they say motivates jellyfish to swim with greater speed and efficiency ...

    Robotics January 29, 2020
  • 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
  • New camera has more than just speed

    It can capture transparent objects and even shockwaves.

    Lihong Wang is not one to rest on his laurels. Barely a year after developing the world's fastest camera (capable of ...

    Computing January 22, 2020
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