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Tag: Materials science

Watch How Heat Moves Through Material At Nanoscale Level

For the first time, scientists from the University of Minnesota have captured on video how heat energy moves through material at the nanoscale level. The breakthrough could help engineers control and guide heat energy.

Energy April 19, 2016

Will Quantum Dot Solids Become The New Silicon Wafer?

Quantum dot solids hold the potential to become the next great development in the manufacture and design of semiconductors. Now, a research team at Cornell University believe they have overcome a major technological hurdle in that quest.

February 26, 2016

New Shape-Shifting Polymer Holds 1,000 Times Its Own Mass - Watch Out Plastic Man!

A new polymer has been developed that can cause devices to bend at body temperatures. More remarkably, the material can also lift 1,000 times its own weight.

February 11, 2016

Color Changing Warning System May Prevent Costly Material Damage And Repair

The new polymer damage indication system changes color once there are cracks, scratches or fractures. The warning system can warn of small-scale damages before these can cause problematic and costly damages.

January 18, 2016

Frozen Oil Holds Clue To Shapeshifting Materials

Oil droplets in a soapy solution shifted shapes, from triangles and octagons to hexagons and fibers, when frozen and return to their original shape once the solution is re-warmed. These new findings are found promising in the arena of materials science.

Animals December 29, 2015

Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Doctor: How Humans May Soon Be Able To Save Lives Using Silk

For the first time, scientists can spin silk in the lab without raising spiders. The new silk-spinning device could allow resarchers to create silk with properties not found in natural spider silk, including some with major medical applications.

Life June 6, 2015

Graphene Gets A Step Closer To Actually Being Useful With 3D-Printed Antenna

Buzz about graphene abounds, but the material has yet to show up in commercial products. A new method for creating graphene-based antennas could lead to one of the material's first commercial applications.

FUTURE TECH May 27, 2015

Graphene-Sprayed Spiders Spin Silk With Super-Strength: Possible Applications And Associated Problems

Spider silk modified with graphene is strong enough to catch an aircraft falling from the sky. What purposes could these fibers serve, and what challenges are developers facing?

May 8, 2015

Scientists in Texas Develop Atom-thick Material for Ultra-thin Imaging Devices

An atom-thick material developed by scientists at Rice University may be able to assist in the development of ultra-thin imaging devices. The material is 10 times more efficient than the best they have ever seen.

December 26, 2014

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