A team of inventors has created a new, more versatile version of their creation, Geckskin, which can adhere strongly to a wider range of surfaces, yet releases easily, like a gecko’s feet.
Researchers are developing a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make...
Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarization...
After a wait of more than 13 years, the ninth drop of pitch collided ever so slowly with the...
Electrically controlled glasses with continuously adjustable transparency, new polarization filters and even chemosensors capable of detecting single molecules of specific chemicals could be fabricated thanks to a new polymer that unprecedentedly combines optical and electrical properties.
Researchers have shown the ability to grow high-quality, single-layer materials one on top of the other using chemical vapor deposition.
An associate professor of media arts and sciences gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs. He designs— and wears— bionic leg prostheses that he says, “emulate nature,” by mimicking the functions and power of biological knees, ankles and calves.
A new design for nuclear plants built on floating platforms, modeled after those used for offshore oil drilling, could help avoid disasters in the future. Such floating plants would be designed to be automatically cooled by the surrounding seawater in a worst-case scenario, which would indefinitely prevent any melting of fuel rods, or escape of radioactive material.
A new technique has revealed the motion of energy-carrying quasiparticles, called excitons, in solid material for the first time.
Scientists have created a 3-D vascular system that allows for high-performance composite materials, such as fiberglass, to heal autonomously, and repeatedly.
From dental implants that are light, strong and porous enough to bond with bone to surgical implants that dissolve over time, modified metals are dramatically extending biomedical potential.
We can learn a lot about volcanoes by studying explosions. The more we can learn about their explosive behavior, the more chance we have of saving lives when they suddenly erupt.
Engineers have created new ceramic materials that could be used to store hydrogen safely and efficiently. They also have demonstrated that the compounds could be manufactured using a simple, low-cost manufacturing method known as combustion synthesis.
Coupling commercially available spectral X-ray detectors with a specialized algorithm can improve the detection of uranium and plutonium in small, layered objects such as baggage. This approach enhances the detection powers of X-ray imaging and may provide a new tool to impede nuclear trafficking.
Disturbances at the very edge of Saturn's outer bright A ring, which result from a small icy object, have given scientists an insight into how moons are made.
Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell systems soon could be powering the forklifts used in warehouses and other industrial settings at lower costs and with faster refueling times than ever before.
A research team has used high-powered lasers to track the speed and movement of electrons inside an innovative material that is just one atom thick.
A project has demonstrated that the superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots can be applied in solar energy by helping more efficiently harvest sunlight.
Imagine you are an astronaut on the ISS and a fleck of dust gets in your eye. How do you wash it out? Engineers came up with the idea seen in this picture.
Egyptian researchers have developed a corrugated, translucent panel that redirects sunlight onto narrow streets and alleyways. The panel is mounted on rooftops and hung over the edge at an angle, where it spreads sunlight onto the street below.
The problem with solar power is that sometimes the sun doesn’t shine. Now, scientists have come up with an ingenious workaround— a material that can absorb the sun’s heat and store that energy in chemical form, ready to be released again on demand.
Ecologists say findings from a collaboration that spans four continents can improve our understanding of hydropower and will benefit fish around the globe.
Porous silicon, manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy, can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material.
Cell phone scrap can contain precious metals, such as gold and copper. Now, researchers have developed a biological filter, made of mushroom mycelium mats, enabling recovery of as much as 80 percent of the gold in electronic scrap.
Researchers who run one of four large experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have announced one of the most genuinely exciting observations to come out of the 27 km super-collider so far– an exotic particle that cannot be explained by current theories.
Researchers have developed a simple approach to applying a coating of thin, flat nanoplatelets— using a common spray gun— that spontaneously self-assemble into “nanowalls.” The nanowalls act as rigid barriers that prevent oxygen gas from reaching the surface of objects prone to corrosion.
Researchers in the emerging field of synthetic biology have designed a tool box of small genetic components that act as intracellular switches, logic gates, counters and oscillators.
Experiments have explained the behavior of electrons at tiny step edges on titanium oxide surfaces. This is important for solar cell technology and novel, more effective catalysts.
Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the surface of a lattice of light, scientists have developed a new method for connecting particles— one that could help in the development of powerful quantum computing systems.
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