Material Science

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

MIT Researchers Develop Porous, 3D Graphene 10 Times Stronger Than Steel But Lighter

It has been established that graphene is a strong material, and it just keeps getting better. Researchers have created a new form of the material that makes it 10 times stronger than steel at a mere fraction of the latter’s density.

Material Science January 7, 2017

Graphene ‘Nano-Chimneys’ Offer Cooling Solution For Nano-Electronics

Researchers at the Rice University have discovered a way for releasing the heat accumulating at graphene-nanotube junctions. They devised a cone-like ‘chimney’ between the duo by tweaking graphene and removing some atoms to vent the heat at the junctions.

Material Science January 8, 2017

Magnetic Storage Device Breakthrough: Skyrmion Hall Effect Investigation Yields Surprising Results

Researchers from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have achieved a breakthrough in exploring magnetic storage innovations with new tests on skyrmions for spintronic applications in racetrack memories and logic devices.

Material Science December 30, 2016

New Material Developed From Silk Proteins Can Be Programmed With Biological, Chemical Functions

Tufts University engineers have created programmable silk-based materials with embedded, pre-designed functions for biological, chemical and optical roles. This paves way for many new medical applications as in a surgical pin that changes color upon reaching mechanical limits and is about to fail.

Material Science January 1, 2017

X-Men's Wolverine Inspires Design Of Self-Healing Material That Conducts Electricity

Researchers have developed a Wolverine-inspired material that is highly stretchable and can heal itself from a scissor's cut within 24 hours. What are the potential applications of self-healing technologies?

Material Science December 27, 2016

Researchers Use Microscopic Diamonds To Assemble Atoms Into Tiny Wires Like LEGO

Microscopic diamonds known as diamondoids were used to make tiny wires measuring just three atoms wide. What are the potential uses of the technique and the tiny wires?

Material Science December 26, 2016

World's Smallest Snowman Is Smaller Than Human Hair

The world's smallest snowman is made of tiny silica spheres and measures less than 3 microns tall, which is smaller than the diameter of human hair. How was it made?

Material Science December 25, 2016

Researchers Develop New Way To Clean Cancer-Causing Chromium From Drinking Water

An expert from Washington University has unveiled a new approach in converting cancer-causing chromium 6 to chromium 3 by dispensing with older strategies and using electricity in a process called electrocoagulation.

Material Science December 24, 2016

Harvard Researchers Build World's Smallest Radio Receiver

Engineers at Harvard have developed a tiny radio receiver using atom-sized defects in pink diamonds. This new device is highly durable and biocompatible, which means it can be used in space and even inside the human body.

Material Science December 20, 2016

New Diamond Created From Glassy Carbon Harder Than Jeweler's Diamond, Ideal For Mining Applications

A nano-sized diamond that is harder than the regular variant has been created by Australian National University researchers. In nature, lonsdaleite can only be found at meteorite impact sites.

Material Science December 13, 2016

Pioneering Nanotechnology Developed To Capture Energy From People

Engineers at Michigan State University have developed a nanotechnology device as thin as film, which can turn human motion into energy. A mere finger swipe can help applications run a smartphone.

Material Science December 10, 2016

Researchers Mix Graphene And ‘Silly Putty’ To Create Sensors Sensitive Enough To Detect Spider Footsteps

Silly Putty may be a kid’s toy, but upgrade it with some graphene and it turns into a highly sensitive material that can be used to build sensors for various applications.

Material Science December 9, 2016

New Nanomaterial Could Lead To Erasable, Rewriteable Optical Chips

Researchers at the University of Texas have claimed that a new nanomaterial-made chip can remotely erase information by merely flashing a light on it. This may pave way for a new generation of optical chips and circuits.

Material Science December 10, 2016

Official Names And Symbols For Four New Chemical Elements In the Periodic Table Announced

The chemical names and symbols of four new elements have been officially announced. Three of them honor the places their discoverers call home, and the fourth recognizes Russian scientist Yuri Oganessian.

Material Science December 3, 2016

New Perovskite With Unique Properties May Herald Next-Generation Hard Drives

Scientists have developed a new perovskite material that has the properties of a magnetic photoconductor. The discovery shows promise in the development of a new generation of magneto-optical data storage devices.

Material Science November 28, 2016

A Quantum Computing Breakthrough? Scientists Invent Groundbreaking Method To Simplify Construction Of Quantum Computers

Researchers at the Sussex University have claimed breakthrough in making large-scale quantum computers. The simple technique involves applying voltages to a quantum computer microchip, a process that is deemed easier than other existing methods.

Material Science November 26, 2016

Researchers Develop Invisibility Cloak For High-Tech Processing Chips

In a remarkable discovery, researchers at the University of Utah developed an invisibility cloak that can optimize the efficiency of chips used in microscopic photonic integrated devices.

Material Science November 16, 2016

'Back To The Future' Inspires Solar Nanotech-Powered Clothing

Taking cues from 'Back to the Future,' a scientist from the University of Central Florida has developed solar nanotech-powered clothing that both harvests and stores energy from the sun for various applications.

Material Science November 15, 2016

See Chemical Bonds Between Atoms With The World's Smallest Magnifying Glass

A team of scientists managed to analyze the first atom in real time. The research involved the world's tiniest magnifying glass, and brought a new perspective on how light waves behave.

Material Science November 15, 2016

Metamaterials Give Birth To Semiconductor-Free, Optically Controlled Microelectronic Device

To overcome the limitations posed by semiconductors, scientists at the University of California San Diego have built the world's first semiconductor-free, optically controlled microelectronic device.

Material Science November 10, 2016

This Interactive Periodic Table Reveals How Each Element Can Be Used

Online educators have developed an interactive periodic table that presents the various practical applications of each element. Their goal is to make understanding these elements easier for everyone.

Material Science November 8, 2016

This 3D-Printed Material Shrinks When Heated

Most solid materials expand when heated. Using a 3D printing process known as projection microstereolithography, researchers made a metamaterial that shrinks when exposed to heat.

Material Science October 26, 2016

Researchers Accidentally Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol Using Carbon And Copper

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have achieved a rare feat of turning carbon dioxide into ethanol by an electrochemical process using nano spikes of carbon and copper.

Material Science October 22, 2016

Silkworms Eat Graphene, Produce Tougher, Electrically Conductive Super Silk

Chinese researchers have produced carbon-reinforced silk by feeding silkworms mulberry leaves sprayed with a solution containing the wonder material: graphene.

Material Science October 12, 2016

World's Smallest Transistor Built Using Carbon Nanotubes And Engine Lubricant

Using silicon alternatives carbon nanotubes and molybdenum disulfide, or MoS2, an engine lubricant, a team of researchers built the world's smallest transistor. How small is it?

Material Science October 7, 2016

MIT Researchers Developing Beaver-Inspired Wet Suits To Keep Surfers Warm

MIT researchers wanted to create sustainable, functional wet suits and they’re drawing inspiration from semiaquatic animals like beavers. These beaver-inspired wet suits were particularly designed to keep surfers warm while shedding water quickly at the same time.

Material Science October 6, 2016

Exotic Matter Breakthrough Grants 2016 Nobel Prize In Physics To Three US Scientists

Three U.S.-based physicists were offered the Nobel Prized for Physics for their pioneering work in the analysis of new states of matter. Using advanced abstract mathematical concepts, they studied new phases of matter, such as superconductivity or magnetic films.

Material Science October 5, 2016

3D-Printed Hyperelastic Biomaterial Can Help Regenerate, Repair Broken Bones

Using hydroxyapatite and a biodegradable polymer, researchers developed a biomaterial that can repair bones and other forms of injury. The hyperelastic bone shows promise in reconstructive surgery.

Material Science September 29, 2016

Can Scientists Levitate Objects? Yes, Thanks To 'Acoustic Holograms'

Levitating objects with sound isn't new to the scientific community, but doing it with only a single sound source is quite an incredible feat. Researchers in Germany have found a way to do so, and it's all thanks to 'acoustic holograms.'

Material Science September 22, 2016

Researchers See Potential In Graphene As Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

A breakthrough research claimed that graphene can be used in treating spinal injuries. Developed by Rice University through a special process, the graphene nanoribbons holds great promise in curing damaged spinal cords of people.

Material Science September 21, 2016

Criminals Beware: Forensic Scientists Can Identify You Based On Proteins In Your Hair

Criminal investigators may soon use protein present in hair to capture perpetrators of crime. What makes hair protein analysis different from DNA profiling and how does it work?

Material Science September 12, 2016

MIT, Georgia Tech Researchers Use Terahertz Imaging To Read Books Without Opening Them

Researchers from MIT and Georgia Tech have teamed up to create a terahertz imaging system. With the technology, it’s going to be possible to read a book without opening it.

Material Science September 10, 2016

When DNA Fails, A Single Strand Of Hair May Save The Day

A new research indicated that proteins are better than DNA in identifying human remains. The new hair analysis claimed that even a single strand of hair can make a difference in crime detection.

Material Science September 8, 2016

Scientists Made This Laser Using Human Blood, And It Might Help Fight Cancer In The Future

Researchers at the University of Michigan have made critical progress in developing lasers using blood for visualizing tissues. If successful, it can help in early detection of cancer and advanced treatments.

Material Science September 7, 2016

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