Inspired by the fist-like club of a mantis shrimp, a team of researchers has developed a design structure for composite materials that is more impact resistant and tougher than the standard used in airplanes.
Usually, chemical reactions just take their course, much like a ball rolling downhill. However,...
In 2010, a physicist spotted a mistake in the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary that had...
In the quest to make sun power more competitive, researchers are designing ultrathin solar cells that cut material costs. At the same time, they’re keeping these thin cells efficient by sculpting their surfaces with photovoltaic nanostructures that behave like a molecular hall of mirrors.
Scientists are facing a number of barriers as they try to develop circuits that are microscopic in size, including how to reliably control the current that flows through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule. Now, an assistant professor of chemical engineering has done just that, thereby taking us one step closer to nanoscale circuitry.
A scientist is experimenting with "crumb" rubber— ground up tires of different-sized particles— to improve the rubberized road materials that a number of states are already using to enhance aging asphalt.
LEDs have the potential to be used for both indoor lighting applications and in wound healing therapy, taking the place of lasers, according to research.
Using a two-step technique, scientists have produced a low-cost and simple approach for coating metallic surfaces with an enduring superhydrophobic film of copper.
Research shows that a small “molecular tweezer” keeps proteins from clumping— the first step of neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease.
Stem cells demonstrate a bizarre property never before seen at a cellular level. The property, known as auxeticity, is one that may have application as wide-ranging as soundproofing, super-absorbent sponges and bulletproof vests.
The recent discovery of the Higgs boson has confirmed theories about the origin of mass and, with it, offered the potential to explain other scientific mysteries. But, scientists are continually studying other, less-understood forces— including quantum turbulence— that may also shed light on matters not yet uncovered.
For years, companies have been adding whiteners to laundry detergent, paints, plastics, paper and fabrics to make whites look "whiter than white." But now, with a switch away from incandescent and fluorescent lighting, different degrees of whites may all look the same.
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 it rain or trigger lightning.
Researchers have shown the ability to grow high-quality, single-layer materials one on top of the other using chemical vapor deposition.
Researchers have combined a tiny, bright X-ray beam with high-speed X-ray cameras to shoot a movie showing how organic molecules form different types of ordered structures or crystals.
After a wait of more than 13 years, the ninth drop of pitch collided ever so slowly with the eighth drop in the Pitch Drop Experiment. The experiment was set up in 1927 to demonstrate that solid materials can flow like liquids.
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.
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 technique has revealed the motion of energy-carrying quasiparticles, called excitons, in solid material for the first time.
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.
Scientists have created a 3-D vascular system that allows for high-performance composite materials, such as fiberglass, to heal autonomously, and repeatedly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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