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Atomic assembly lines are a small victory for chemists
Chemists’ careful advances have helped massively boost lifespans even as our numbers have grownCakeio/Getty“HE MIXES this and that, and he shakes it, and he fiddles around”: Richard Feynman’s description...
Superconductivity research reveals potential new state of matter
A potential new state of matter is being reported with research showing that among superconducting materials in high magnetic fields, the phenomenon of electronic symmetry breaking is common. The ability...
Scientists discover new magnet with nearly massless charge carriers
Advances in modern electronics has demanded the requisite hardware, transistors, to be smaller in each new iteration. Recent progress in nanotechnology has reduced the size of silicon transistors down...
The world has made more than 9 billion tons of plastic, says new study
More than 9 billion tons of plastic have been made since the 1950s, and the vast majority of it has been thrown in the trash, says a new study. The paper says it is the first attempt to measure the total...
Researcher's 'miracle material' discovery could end cracked smart devices
Dr Elton Santos from Queen's University's School of Mathematics and Physics, has been working with a team of top-notch scientists from Stanford University, University of California, California State University...
Tesla linked to investment in a supply chain firm that focuses on recycling
Redwood Materials describes itself as making "advanced technology and process development for materials recycling, remanufacturing, and reuse", on its website. The SEC filing shows that the company was...
Apple wants to make the future iPhone from purely recycled materials
Apple has announced a new, impressive goal of one day only using recycled materials in its devices.Apple's 2017 Environment Responsibility Report sets the company the goal of only using recycled materials...
New additive allows two most common plastics to be recycled together
Don't cross the streams! Two streams run through the facility in parallel, created simply by dropping the stream onto a prism-shaped divider.John Timmer reader comments 2 Share this story Plastics do...
Novel quantum state in strange insulating materials
Experiments show how electrons in Mott insulators with strong spin-orbit coupling arrange themselves to make the materials magnetic at low temperatures. The work helps bring us closer to a more complete...
2D materials enhance a 3D world
In the past decade 2D materials have captured the fascination of a steadily increasing number of scientists. These materials, whose defining feature is having a thickness of only one to very few atoms,...
Deer antlers are inspiring tougher materials
Antlers are pretty remarkable things. Most species of deer grow and shed them every year, and the rate at which they increase in size makes them the fastest-growing bone among mammals.The other thing...
Worried about US surveillance, Internet Archive announces mirror in Canada
Enlarge Alirod Ameri reader comments 25 Share this story Further Reading1,500 Windows 3.1 shareware apps are now free, immortalized on your browserIn a Tuesday blog post, Brewster Kahle, the founder of...
Ultrafast imaging reveals existence of 'polarons'
Scientists have found definitive evidence that the movement of electrons has a direct effect on atomic arrangements, driving deformations in a material's 3-D crystalline lattice in ways that can drastically...
‘Your phone battery will last one week’
A smartphone with battery lasting one week. Yes please. IMAGINE if your smartphone battery only needed to be charged once per week. According to University of Central Florida postdoctoral associate Nitin...
New clues emerge in 30-year-old superconductor mystery
One of the greatest mysteries of experimental physics is how so-called high-temperature superconducting materials work. Despite their name, high-temperature superconductors operate at chilly temperatures...
A new understanding of metastability clears path for next-generation materials
They say diamonds are forever, but diamonds in fact are a metastable form of carbon that will slowly but eventually transform into graphite, another form of carbon. Being able to design and synthesize...
New method to help solve the problem of nuclear waste
In the last decades, nanomaterials have gained broad scientific and technological interest due to their unusual properties compared to micrometre-sized materials. At this scale, matter shows properties...
How to tune thermal conductivity of 2D materials
Researchers have found an unexpected way to control the thermal conductivity of two-dimensional (2-D) materials, which will allow electronics designers to dissipate heat in electronic devices that use...
Here's what Samsung will do with recalled Galaxy Note 7s
Now that the Galaxy Note 7 is dead and consumers are sending their devices back in fire-resistant boxes, the question is: what does Samsung plan to do with the 2.5 million Note 7s it’s recalled? The answer...
A breakthrough in the study of how things break, bend and deform
Every material can bend and break. Through nearly a century's worth of research, scientists have had a pretty good understanding of how and why. But, according to new findings from materials science and...
Scientists put a new twist on artificial muscles
A high-tech twist has been put on the ancient art of fiber spinning, using modern materials to create ultra-strong, powerful, shape-shifting yarns. A new report describes the path to developing a new class...
Engineers create room-temperature multiferroic material
Multiferroics -- materials that exhibit both magnetic and electric order -- are of interest for next-generation computing but difficult to create because the conditions conducive to each of those states...
X-ray laser glimpses how electrons dance with atomic nuclei in materials
The coupling between electrons and phonons determines how efficiently solar cells convert sunlight into electricity. It also plays key roles in superconductors that transfer electricity without losses,...
Nanoscale tetrapods could provide early warning of a material's failure
Light-emitting, four-armed nanocrystals could someday form the basis of an early warning system in structural materials by revealing microscopic cracks that portend failure, thanks to recent research by...
Research explores thermoelectric screen printing
Flexible thermoelectric devices are especially attractive for waste heat recovery along contoured surfaces and for energy harvesting applications to power sensors, biomedical devices and wearable electronics...
Creative Commons licenses under scrutiny—what does “noncommercial” mean?
Dennis Skley reader comments 19 Share this story By all accounts, Great Minds is an educational stalwart that has developed K-12 curriculum used by schools across the US. The materials developed from...
Researchers: Recycled Concrete's Time Has Come
Recycling in the construction industry has become big business. It's easy to find new life for everything from old windows to wood beams. But until now, concrete — the most widely used building material...
New approach to determining how atoms are arranged in materials
Researchers have developed a novel approach to characterizing how atoms are arranged in materials, using Bayesian statistical methods to glean new insights into the structure of materials. The work should...
Squid, jellyfish and wrinkled skin inspire materials for anti-glare screens and encryption
What do squid and jellyfish skin have in common with human skin? All three have inspired a team of chemists to create materials that change color or texture in response to variations in their surroundings....
Origin of high-temperature superconductivity in copper-oxide compound uncovered
Physicists have an explanation for why certain materials can conduct electricity without resistance at temperatures well above those required by conventional superconductors. Understanding this exotic...
Shining a light on damage within polymers
When it comes to even the most advanced materials, the adage 'if it does not bend, it breaks' is often true. But before that final snap, most materials experience microscopic damage that could be fixed...
US military’s insane housing plan
Would you build a house out of living materials? A MILITARY research body in the US government is promoting the seemingly insane idea of building homes out of living materials that grow and replenish themselves....
Speaking the language of microstructures
Researchers are developing a common language that can be used by computer software tools to describe materials at their smallest scale, with the ultimate aim of designing faster and better materials for...
Crystallization frustration predicts metallic glass formation
Researchers have discovered a way to predict which alloys will form metallic glasses, materials with numerous desirable properties. The research could pave the way for new strong, conductive materials....
Hybrid perovskites: Super-ion building blocks
More efficient solar cells will likely be based on a family of materials known as hybrid perovskites. Scientists identified how to control different properties and stability in these solar cell materials...
New material could advance superconductivity
Scientists have looked for different ways to force hydrogen into a metallic state for decades. Metallic hydrogen is a holy grail for materials science because it could be used for superconductors, materials...
Engineers discover highly conductive materials for more efficient electronics
Engineers have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based materials makes them highly conductive, a boon for future electronics that could result in much more power-efficient laptops, electric...
An accelerated pipeline to open materials research
The Bellerophon Environment for Analysis of Materials (BEAM) is an ORNL platform that combines scientific instruments with web and data services and HPC resources through a user-friendly interface. Designed...
How to grow electronics that are one atom thick
Once a channel is cut into the graphene, a molybdenum disulfide crystal can grow within it.Berkeley LabThe features we're making in current semiconductor materials are shrinking to the point where soon,...
Upsizing nanostructures into light, flexible 3-D printed metallic materials
Researchers have devised a new process to create lightweight, strong and super elastic 3-D printed metallic nanostructured materials with unprecedented scalability, opening the door for applications in...
New materials for construction of metal-organic 2-dimensional quasicrystals
Unlike classical crystals, quasicrystals do not comprise periodic units, even though they do have a superordinate structure. The formation of the fascinating mosaics that they produce is barely understood....
Map of diamond-boron bond paves way for new materials
Scientists have successfully recorded the atomic bonds between diamond and cubic boron nitride: the hardest known materials on Earth. This feat could ultimately lead to the design of new types of semiconductors,...
Massive trove of battery and molecule data released to public
The Materials Project, a Google-like database of material properties aimed at accelerating innovation, has released an enormous trove of data to the public, giving scientists working on batteries, fuel...
Switzerland winds up superconductivity
The unusual electronic properties of some superconducting materials permit lossless and dense electrical currents at very low temperatures, even in high magnetic fields. Conductors made of these materials...
Physicists predict novel phenomena in exotic materials
Discovered just five years ago, topological semimetals are materials with unusual physical properties that could make them useful for future electronics. Researchers report a new theoretical characterization...
Mantis shrimp inspires next generation of ultra-strong materials
Researchers are one step closer to developing super strong composite materials, thanks to the mantis shrimp, a small, multicolored marine crustacean that crushes the shells of its prey using a fist-like...
‘Weak’ Materials Offer Strong Possibilities for Electronics
New fundamental research by physicists may accelerate the drive toward more advanced electronics and more powerful computers. The scientists are investigating materials called topological insulators, whose...
Light can 'heal' defects in new solar cell materials
A family of compounds known as perovskites, which can be made into thin films with many promising electronic and optical properties, has been a hot research topic in recent years. But although these materials...
Thinning out the carbon capture viscosity problem
Researchers have used computer modeling to design carbon dioxide binding materials so that they retain a low viscosity after sponging up carbon dioxide, based on a surprise they found in their explorations....
Bolt Threads, Modern Meadow CEOs to speak at Disrupt NY 2016
The future of fashion isn’t all about internet-connectivity and electronics. A huge amount of innovation is needed in the realm of materials science and manufacturing to meet the fashion demands...
Adding some salt to the recipe for energy storage materials
A team of researchers has recently discovered a way to improve the recipe for energy storage materials, and make the resulting materials bigger and better and soaking up energy -- the secret? Just add...
Generation of tailored magnetic materials
Physicists are interested in a generation of artificial materials, the properties of which can be controlled. Researchers have now succeed in manipulating the properties of oxides which make up the artificial...
Nanoporous material's strange 'breathing' behavior
High-tech sponges of the infinitely small, nanoporous materials can capture and release gaseous or liquid chemicals in a controlled way. Scientists have developed and described one of these materials,...
Plastic proteins: Synthetic material mimics essential characteristics of natural proteins
Researchers hoping to design new materials for energy uses have developed a system to make synthetic polymers -- some would say plastics -- with the versatility of nature's own polymers, the ubiquitous...
New understanding of liquid-like materials to solid state transition discovered
New research has identified how liquid-like materials can change into a solid-like state without the addition of extra particles or changes in volume. Liquid-like materials with particles in, known as...
New materials: Metal foam handles heat better than steel
A new study finds that novel light-weight composite metal foams are significantly more effective at insulating against high heat than the conventional base metals and alloys that they're made of, such...
Apple's Liam pulls parts out of your iPhone for recycling
Apple introduced a new R&D project called Liam that takes components out of your iPhone once you're done with it so that those materials can be reused in other forms. It's part of Apple's initiatives...
Why bread mould could lead to better smartphone batteries
As far as future smartphones go, better battery life must be pretty high on most people's wish lists, as rapid advancements in processor and display tech mean we're still only getting about a day or so...
Arsenic Water Purification with Waste Materials
Sand, coral and even waste building materials can become extremely efficient sorbents for water purification from arsenic, if they are treated for this purpose. Scientists have revealed a new technology...
‘Keiser rigs’ stress materials to the max to improve products for power, propulsion
Environmental exposure chambers such as Keiser rigs, subject materials to corrosive gases, crushing pressures and calamitous heat. The extreme environments provide insight into conditions under which materials...
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