Material Science

Carbon Nanotube Outperforms Silicon: Will Microprocessors Ditch Silicon Transistors Over Carbon Nanotube Transistors?

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have engineered a carbon nanotube transistor that outperformed silicon transistors for the first time. Will carbon nanotubes replace silicon in the future?

Material Science September 4, 2016

This Innovative Plastic Wrap Fabric Could Help Us Against Climate Change

Scientists in California have invented a new material that may potentially help against climate change while simultaneously keeping our bodies cool during hot, temperate seasons. How exactly can it do that?

Material Science September 2, 2016

Plastic Clothing Inspired By Kitchen Wrap Releases Body's Infrared Radiation To Cool The Skin

Researchers modified polyethylene used in plastic wrap to develop textile that can make the skin surface cooler by 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit. What makes this new fabric different from cotton and other materials used in the clothing industry today?

Material Science September 2, 2016

Surprising Discovery In Crystal Research Key To The Future Of Laser Design?

Researchers have made a surprising discovery, coming up with a new way to produce crystals for use in lasers. Is this new method the future of laser design?

Material Science August 29, 2016

Can 3D-Printed Objects 'Remember' Their Original Shapes?

An international team of scientists successfully manipulated a 3D-printed structure that can 'remember' its original shape. The process can lead to advancements in a wide range of fields.

Material Science August 28, 2016

New Smelting Process Can Produce Metals With Less Air Pollution And Greenhouse Gas Emission

A new metal smelting process was accidentally discovered by MIT researchers. It can reduce air pollution and the emission of greenhouse gases associated with traditional metal smelting.

Material Science August 26, 2016

Analog DNA Circuit Performs Math Calculations In A Test Tube

Researchers have developed an analog DNA circuit that can add, subtract and multiply. It is slower compared with silicon-based circuits but may have potential uses in the field of medicine.

Material Science August 23, 2016

Low-Cost Material May Pave Way For Flexible, Smart Windows

Researchers in Texas have invented a low-cost and low-temperature process that can generate an ingenious new material. This new material can be incorporated into windows, windshields or sunroofs.

Material Science August 23, 2016

Transparent Wood More Energy-Efficient Than Window Glass, Says Study

Energy efficiency is important in homes and businesses. With transparent wood found to be more energy-efficient than window glass, will it be the new standard?

Material Science August 17, 2016

Torn Clothes No More? Self-Healing Fabric May Be The Future Of Clothing

Scientists from Pennsylvania State University have developed a revolutionary new coating technology that may help parents mend torn clothes and protect farmers against chemical exposure. The technology allows the self-healing of fabric.

Material Science August 14, 2016

New Nanobead-Powered 'Superlens' Extends Limits Of Details Under A Microscope

A powerful new 'superlens' powered by nanobead technology may potentially change microscopic research forever, a new study suggests. The superlens extends the limits of what you can see under a microscope.

Material Science August 13, 2016

Hopes For New Particle Vanish As LHC Physicists Review More Data

In December, physicists announced a potential new particle outside of the Standard Model. However, the hints of the new particle faded away as more and more data flooded in, scientists announced Friday.

Material Science August 5, 2016

Dark Matter Still Continues To Evade Us, But The Search Is Not Over Yet

After 20 months of searching, the LUX detector has failed to grab ahold of any dark matter particles.

Material Science July 21, 2016

Watch Out Harry Potter! Invisibility Cloak Closer To Reality

Invisibility cloaks like those seen in science fiction and fantasy stories are closer to (not) being seen in the real world. How do the latest generation of these devices work?

Material Science July 17, 2016

Glowing DNA Origami Helps Caltech Scientists Recreate Van Gogh's Starry Night

How many DNA strands does it take to recreate Vincent van Gogh's 'The Starry Night?' Probably thousands. Caltech scientists have successfully created a monochrome image of the painting with the help of an incredible new technology.

Material Science July 13, 2016

Scientists Convert Climate Killer Carbon Dioxide Into Fuels, Polymers

As a greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide is a climate killer, but in the right light, it may be useful. Scientists in Germany discovered an efficient catalyst that could convert carbon dioxide into materials needed by the chemical industry.

Material Science July 5, 2016

New Shade Of Blue Found Through 'Happy' Accident May Soon Be Available

A vivid shade of blue discovered through a 'happy' accident will soon be made available for purchase. The new color could have several practical uses, experts said.

Material Science July 4, 2016

A City Made Of Bone May Be The Future: Here's What Scientists Proposed

Cities today are built from concrete and steel, but a new research suggests that artificial bone and eggshells may soon replace these conventional materials. Doing so would support a growing population and save the environment.

Material Science June 30, 2016

How Graphene Is Made And How It Was Discovered

Graphene could radically change electronics in the coming decades, but how is it manufactured? And what is the odd story of its invention, more than a decade ago?

Material Science June 21, 2016

Big Microchip Advance? Researchers Boost Light Intensity Using Sound On Silicon Chip

Yale University scientists have developed a new method of amplifying light using sound on a silicon chip. Here is how it's done.

Material Science June 15, 2016

These Smart Glass Panes Contain Light-Emitting Nanoparticles

Smart glass embedded with light-emitting nanoparticles is now possible. Researchers from Australia were able to develop a method that would carefully integrate nanoparticles into glass panels without disrupting their original properties.

Material Science June 11, 2016

Four New Elements Named On The Periodic Table

The periodic table is now a little longer after the announcement of a series of new element names. How were they named?

Material Science June 9, 2016

New Material Can Kill E.coli Bacteria In Just 30 Seconds

Researchers developed a new material that can kill E.coli bacteria in as fast as 30 seconds. When tested on other drug-resistant bacteria and fungi, the material can kill the disease-causing microbes in under 2 minutes.

Material Science June 7, 2016

Scientists Produce 'Polymer Opals' That Scatter Light In Intense Colors

Scientists have developed a new rubber band-like material that can scatter light in intense colors when stretched or twisted. The new ‘polymer opals’ can be manufactured at a massive scale, suggesting it can have a wide range of applications.

Material Science June 6, 2016

What Are The Advantages Of Planar Metalens Over Curved Lens?

An ultrathin, planar lens could someday replace traditional lenses found in everyday gadgets. What are its advantages over curved lenses?

Material Science June 6, 2016

New Ultra-Thin Metalens Could Replace Bulky Lenses in Cameras, Phones And Telescopes

The new ultra-thin and flat metalens can potentially replace the stacked, bulky lenses used in today’s modern gadgets. The new lens technology offers better focus than the current best-in-class commercial lenses.

Material Science June 4, 2016

Bacteria In Kombucha Tea Could Be Key To Materials Useful For Mars Mission

Researchers in the UK have developed a new method of engineering bacterial cellulose to fit different purposes. The base component of the material is derived from bacteria typically found in fermented herbal tea known as kombucha.

Material Science May 31, 2016

Caltech Bioengineer Becomes First Woman To Covet $1.1 Million Millennium Technology Prize

A Caltech professor and chemical engineer has become the first woman to covet the $1.1 million Millennium Technology Prize in Finland. Her pioneering work on directed evolution could change the world.

Material Science May 25, 2016

These Nanoparticle Catalysts Can Reduce Need For Expensive Metals

Researchers were able to develop a technology that would allow the use of precious metals in minimal amounts. The use of carbide coated with a precious metal was found to be more effective than conventional precious metal catalysts.

Material Science May 25, 2016

What You Need To Know About The Pellets For Japan's Man-Made Meteor Shower

Instead of the usual pyrotechnics display, Japan will create a man-made meteor shower for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympics. The artificial meteor shower will showcase special pellets re-entering the atmosphere.

Material Science May 23, 2016

Graphene Makes Thin Rubber Stronger And Stretchier

Adding small amounts of graphene to rubber materials can produce a composite that is both stronger and stretchier than regular rubber, a new study says. This new material can be used to create better gloves, sportswear and medical devices.

Material Science May 21, 2016

Former NASA Engineer Teams Up With Angler To Develop World's First Graphene Fishing Rod

A former NASA engineer and a world champion angler teamed up to create the world's first graphene fishing rod. Graphene is an excellent material, as it is 200 hundred times stronger than steel.

Material Science May 22, 2016

Newly Discovered Light Form Could Transform Fiber Optics

Physicists have discovered a new light form that challenges established theories of angular momentum. If proven to truly exist, the new light form could pave the way for improving fiber optic technology.

Material Science May 18, 2016

Spider Capture Silk Inspires Creation Of 'Liquid Wire' Material

Researchers recently used spider capture silk, the sticky silk making up the spiral of its web, to produce a liquid wire material that can potentially benefit material science.

Material Science May 18, 2016

Scientists Create Transparent Wood Stronger, More Insulating Than Glass

A molecule known as lignin, which gives it its rigid and dark color, was removed during the process. However, colorless cell structures were left behind.

Material Science May 16, 2016

Breakthrough Australian Microscope Can Study Organic Samples In Undamaged State

Australian researchers developed a scanning helium microscope that can study samples in its undamaged state. The researchers believe that the breakthrough technology will have many uses across several scientific disciplines.

Material Science May 16, 2016

Weak, Tiny Forces Between Atoms Measured By Physicists

An international group of scientists has successfully measured the tiny and weak forces between atoms called the van der Waals force. Here's how they accomplished the feat.

Material Science May 15, 2016

This Solar-Powered, Glow-In-The-Dark Cement Can Probably Last For 100 Years

Solar-powered cement that glows in the dark may revolutionize the solar road construction industry and global cement production. The light emitting cement, unlike regular glow-in-the-dark materials, can last for 100 years.

Material Science May 12, 2016

Biodegradable 'Silk Coating' Can Be Wrapped Around Food To Keep It Fresh

There could be a way to preserve perishables such as fruits out of your refrigerator. The secret may lie in a special coating of silk.

Material Science May 9, 2016

Scientists Explore Properties Of Wonder Material Phosphorene

Phosphorene, considered a wonder material, is being studied by scientists for its anisotropic properties. Researchers believe that better understanding of the material will pave the way for more applications in the future.

Material Science May 5, 2016

These Efficient Inkjet-Printed Lasers Are Disposable And Quite Cheap

Scientists have developed disposable and affordable laser chips using inkjet printers. Organic lasers can be printed without the need for any special equipment other than the inkjet printer.

Material Science May 5, 2016

China Creates World's First Graphene Electronic Paper: What This Means For The Future

China has recently developed the world's first graphene electronic paper that can revolutionize optical displays for smart devices. Graphene is hailed as the lightest and strongest material available in the world today.

Material Science May 1, 2016

Tiny DNA Thermometer Is 20,000 Times Smaller Than Human Hair

Scientists in Canada successfully created a DNA thermometer, the world's smallest at 20,000 times tinier than the human hair. The simple and programmable nature of DNA led them to emulate nanothermometers occurring in nature.

Material Science April 29, 2016

New 'Tunneling' State Of Water Molecules Is A Rulebreaker

Physicists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory identified a new water state that breaks the fundamental rules of water. The "tunneling" state allows molecules, when in confined spaces, to scatter around and pass through potential walls.

Material Science April 25, 2016

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