Material Science

New Solar-Powered Device Harvests Water From Desert Air

The new technology could help you survive in the desert by using sunlight to evaporate condensed water. The solar-powered water harvester is based on a series of porous crystals that collect the water into a reservoir.

Material Science April 14, 2017

Sunlight-Bottling Bionic Leaf Can Create Fertilizer And Boost Food Supply

Harvard researchers may have found a way to end world hunger through their bionic leaf, which produces cheap fertilizer potent enough to make crops grow 1.5 times bigger. Read on to see how the invention works!

Material Science April 5, 2017

Clean Water In An Instant? Graphene Sieve Converts Seawater Into Drinking Water

Researchers have found a new way to filter the salt in seawater through a process that uses graphene. Should this technology be produced on a large scale, it would help address the scarcity of drinking water.

Material Science April 4, 2017

Groundbreaking Graphene-Based Electrode Can Boost Solar Power Storage

The new plant-inspired graphene electrode employs the fractal design of fern leaves to store solar energy at an improved capacity, 3,000 percent bigger than previously available. This prototype paves the way for flexible thin film solar technology.

Material Science April 4, 2017

Meet Vantablack: The Blackest Material Known To Science

The blackest ever material Vantablack, invented by British researchers in 2014, has now got a spray version. It will paint physical objects and absorb 99.8 percent of light. In the original form, Vantablack is no paint but a special coating developed from an amalgam of carbon nanotubes measuring 20 nanometers each.

Material Science March 28, 2017

Researchers Find A Way To Safely Recycle Old Gadgets: Turn Them To Dust

Researchers from Rice University devise a way to safely dispose electronic wastes by turning them into nanoparticles. Resulting gadget dust can be sorted and reused.

Material Science March 27, 2017

This Graphene-Powered Electronic Skin Could Give Future Prosthetic Limbs The Sense Of Touch

Researchers have created a prototype of a graphene-powered electronic prosthetic limb. The new technology would mimic the sense of touch, while also running on solar energy.

Material Science March 23, 2017

'Tree On A Chip' Device Mimics Hydraulics Of Plants: Huge Step For Robotics?

The 'tree-on-a-chip' developed by MIT engineers is a microfluidic device that mimics the pumping in trees without any moving parts or external pumps. It is part of the efforts of scientists to create hydraulic robotics on a nano scale.

Material Science March 22, 2017

Scientists Create 'Time Crystals,' A New Form Of Matter

After months of research, scientists have finally come up with a new form of matter which they are calling 'Time Crystals'. These crystals are said to have thermal equilibrium as a result of which they remain in motion eternally.

Material Science March 9, 2017

Creator Of Lithium Ion Batteries Helps Develop A Better, Safer, And Longer-Lasting Battery

The 94-year old co-creator of Lithium Ion batteries led a team of engineers in the development of a rechargeable battery three times better than his previous invention.

Material Science March 5, 2017

Key Experiment At Large Hadron Collider Gets Major Upgrade To Boost Particle Hunt

The pixel tracker inside the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) of the Large Hadron Collider has just been upgraded. This tune-up is made to boost the particle accelerator's hunt for new particles and the elusive dark matter.

Material Science March 3, 2017

Graphene In 3 Layers Can Make A Rare Magnet

New experiments are asserting graphene’s vast applications on the basis of magnetic properties. According to a research by TIFR scholars, graphene in three layers makes a rare magnet and offers a vast scope for electronic devices.

Material Science March 2, 2017

Computer Systems In Cyborg Rose Garden: Swedish Scientists Make Breakthrough

Swedish scientists have succeeded in turning a cyborg rose into a super capacitor by forming wires inside and making it go beyond the basic e-plant concept with the promise of making sensors and vegetable computers in the future.

Material Science March 1, 2017

World's Only Sample Of Metallic Hydrogen Disappears In Lab

Last month, Harvard researchers reported creating metallic hydrogen, the 'holy grail of high-pressure physics.' Now, the only known sample in the world has disappeared in the laboratory.

Material Science February 26, 2017

Inert Helium’s Sodium Compound Is Extra Strong: Study

Helium, famous for its reluctance to react with other elements, has formed a very strong chemical compound with sodium. According to scientists, the new compound sodium helide is highly stable and was made after squeezing helium to high pressure.

Material Science February 21, 2017

Engineers Develop Origami-Inspired Bulletproof Shield To Protect Police Officers

A lightweight, portable bulletproof shield inspired by origami has been developed by engineers from Brigham Young University. The lightweight shield is strong enough to deflect bullets from pistols and revolvers.

Material Science February 18, 2017

New Material Can Cool Structures Without Consuming Water And Energy

Researchers have come up with a new material that can cool structures without using water and energy, offering an eco-friendly alternative to current cooling systems in place.

Material Science February 11, 2017

Design Changes Can Enhance Battery Life, Says Study

To address the degradation of lithium ion batteries and to expand their life, scientists at Northwestern University have proposed a computational design strategy that suggests the ideal protective coating to save the cathode from corrosion.

Material Science February 9, 2017

Terahertz Transmitter Under Development Capable Of Data Rates 10 Times Faster Than 5G

With a terahertz transmitter in place, faster data rates can be expected. This will mean easier-to-download mobile content, which will allow users to enjoy content on wireless devices with more ease.

Material Science February 7, 2017

Precise Location And Identity Of 23,000 Atoms In A Nanoparticle Seen In 3D Mapping

Physicists at UCLA mapped the coordinates of more than 23,000 individual atoms in a nanoparticle. The precise configuration will now help scientists in making changes in properties of materials by working on their basic structures at the atomic level.

Material Science February 8, 2017

Researchers Uncover Clues To Protect Quantum Computing Networks Against Hackers

To understand how to protect quantum computing networks from threats, researchers from the University of Ottawa became hackers themselves, uncovering clues in the process to bolster hacking protection for next-generation computing systems.

Material Science February 7, 2017

Move Over Graphene: Scientists Simulate New Material Tougher Than Graphene

Graphene’s supremacy as the hardest, highly flexible and stronger material with superconducting qualities is under challenge after researchers from Rice University simulated an elongated one-dimensional chain of boron showing incredible properties.

Material Science February 7, 2017

Scientists Create Graphene From Soybean Oil

Scientists from the CSIRO successfully produce graphene using cheaper materials and less dangerous methods, making the material more accessible for clean energy and commercial applications.

Material Science February 5, 2017

Metal Alloy That Can Catalyze Planetary Studies Discovered

In a rare boost to the study of Earth's magnetic forces, researchers at Yale University have developed a viscous material made of indium and gallium alloy that generates high magnetic fields when it flows.

Material Science February 3, 2017

Researchers Create New Matter Phase: What Are ‘Time Crystals’?

Scientists from Harvard University and University of Maryland have created a new phase of matter in the form of time crystals, a type of crystal that repeats its atomic and molecular patterns in time.

Material Science February 2, 2017

Artificial Skin That Can Detect Temperature Changes Developed By Engineers

Engineers at Caltech and ETH Zurich have come up with a new artificial skin that helps detect temperature changes. This pectin sensor could be used for several biomedical and robotics applications in the future.

Material Science January 30, 2017

Metallic Hydrogen: How Room Temperature Superconductor Could Revolutionize Technology

Metallic hydrogen, a superconductor that can work at room temperature, can revolutionize many fields of technology. It may improve performance of electronic devices. What are other examples of its potential applications?

Material Science January 30, 2017

D-Wave’s 2,000-Qubit Quantum Computer Sells For $15 Million For Cutting-Edge Cybersecurity

Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave has announced the commercial availability of its D-Wave 2000Q, touted to have 2,000 qubits and costing $15 million. The new supercomputer also wins its first customer in the form of a cybersecurity firm.

Material Science January 27, 2017

Harvard Physicists Say Hydrogen Finally Turns Into Metal, But Not Everyone Is Convinced

Squeezed between two pieces of man-made diamond in the laboratory, hydrogen has finally been transformed into a metallic form that is believed to exist inside planets such as Jupiter, Harvard physicists announce. Some scientists, however, remain skeptical.

Material Science January 27, 2017

New 1,000-Watt 'Super Laser' Considered World’s Most Powerful Today

British and Czech scientists claim that their DiPOLE 100 laser or 'Bivoj' is 10 times more powerful than any other laser on Earth. Called a high peak power laser, the device boasts of 1,000 watts in average power output.

Material Science January 26, 2017

New Metamaterial Can Switch From Hard To Soft And Back Again

Researchers at the University of Michigan revealed the design of a "metamaterial" that switches between states of hardness and softness without damaging itself. Metamaterials earn their properties from the design than the material from which they are constructed.

Material Science January 25, 2017

‘Sonic Boom’ Of Light From Optical Mach Cone Captured For The First Time

Researchers from the University of Washington in St. Louis have captured a photonic Mach cone, or a sonic boom of light on video, using probably the world’s fastest camera.

Material Science January 24, 2017

Chip-Sized Terahertz Modulators May Pave The Way For Faster Data Transmission

Researchers at the Tufts University have developed a chip-sized terahertz modulator. This may pave the way for expanding the utilization of terahertz band of frequencies for faster and wider data transmission.

Material Science January 25, 2017

Researchers Take Inspiration From Hair To Build New Materials For Body Armor

A new research has proposed using human hair for making body armor considering the properties of hair including the ability to withstand high deformation and power to restore original shape when stressed.

Material Science January 24, 2017

Oxidized Carbon Found Cost-Effective At Purifying Waters Contaminated With Radioactive Metals

To remove radioactive waste from water, researchers at the Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia developed an oxidatively modified carbon material that is cost-effective and suitable for curing the contaminated water at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

Material Science January 23, 2017

Superconductivity In Graphene Activated For The First Time

Researchers at the Cambridge University have successfully unlocked the superconductivity power of graphene for the first time by coupling the material and claimed that the wonder material is expected to possess p-wave superconductivity.

Material Science January 21, 2017

Scientists Make Renewable Plastic From Pine Needles

Scientists have developed a process for making renewable plastic from a chemical called pinene that is abundant in pine needles. A range of applications are available for the renewable plastic from Christmas trees.

Material Science January 19, 2017

Is Magnesium The Next Big Thing? Material Touted As Viable Alternative For Luxury Car Makers, Aerospace Industry

To popularize the use of magnesium as a viable material for the auto and aerospace industry, researchers at the Birmingham City University have signed a partnership pact with Magnesium component producer Meridian.

Material Science January 17, 2017

Liquid Metal 3D Printing Holds Promise As Revolutionary Manufacturing Method

3D printing with metals is nothing new but a startup is taking the process to the next level by using liquid metal instead of the usual powdered ones, potentially revolutionizing the manufacturing process.

Material Science January 16, 2017

Scientists Tie The Tightest Knot Ever: Here's How They Did It

In a boost for creating super strong, flexible new generation materials, the University of Manchester has made a path-breaking innovation and broke world records by producing the tightest ever knotted physical structure by weaving a circular triple helix knot.

Material Science January 13, 2017

Researchers Successfully Develop, Grow Spider Silk In The Lab

Researchers from Sweden reported success in growing spider silk in the lab by aping the natural process. This has led to the production of kilometer-long threads that resembled natural spider silk.

Material Science January 12, 2017

US Army Looking To Develop Biodegradable Bullets That Turn Into Plants

The U.S. Army is looking for proposals for bullets that, after fired, could turn into seeds over time. The deadline for proposals is on Feb. 8.

Material Science January 15, 2017

Coldest Object On Record: Squeezed Light Makes Miscroscopic Drum 10,000 Times Colder Than Vacuum Of Space

Physicists have managed to cool down a microscopic drum using a technique that involves using squeezed light. How did the technique cool down the object to a temperature 10,000 times colder than the vacuum of space?

Material Science January 12, 2017

Want Superhero Vision? IBM Intends To Make It Happen In 5 Years

IBM scientists are working on a revolutionary superhero vision project that will offer devices with hyperimaging technology and can see through areas invisible to the human eye. It is set to be finished in the next five years.

Material Science January 10, 2017

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