Material Science

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

New Technology Can Potentially Make Batteries Last 400 Times Longer

Scientists were able to develop lithium-ion batteries that may last a lifetime. The new technology enables batteries to last 400 times longer than usual, providing great promise to the future of energy sources.

Material Science April 24, 2016

ISRO's Light-As-Air 'Silica Aerogel' Material May Help Indian Soldiers Keep Warm

The world's lightest material ever, 'Silica Aerogel' has been developed by Indian scientists from the Vikram Sarabhai Space Center. This aerogel is also referred to as 'Frozen Smoke' and 'Blue Air.'

Material Science April 23, 2016

High-Speed Flexible Silicon Transistor May Soon Power Wearables

The next generation of hi-tech wearables may use flexible silicon-based transistors developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers. These transistors not only have the ability to operate at high speeds, but could even be mass produced on a huge roll.

Material Science April 24, 2016

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