The positions of atoms in a ferroelectric-like metal that contains barium titanate, strontium titanate and lanthanum titanate. Credit: Zhen Wang and Yimei Zhu; image obtained at Brookhaven National Laboratory In 1965, a renowned Princeton University physicist theorized that ferroelectric metals could conduct electricity despite not existing in nature. For decades, […]

The structure of ZIF-62, ( zinc imidazolate, benzimidazolate) showing the tetrahedral structure in two dimensions. Credit: Ang Qiao, Penn State Lightning and volcanos both produce glass, and humans have been making glass from silicon dioxide since prehistory. Industrialization brought us boron-based glasses, polymer glasses and metallic glasses, but now an […]

(Credit: Nataliia K/Shutterstock) The question of how much wood a woodchuck can chuck may need to be reevaluated — new research published today in Nature reveals a process that can create wood with a strength-to-weight ratio stronger than most metals. Harder, Better, Stronger Many of the high-performance structural materials available today have at least […]


Black phosphorus (BP) crystal before it is converted into functional ink. Credit: A breakthrough ‘recipe’ for inkjet printing, which could enable high-volume manufacturing of next-generation laser and optoelectronic technologies, has been uncovered by Cambridge researchers. The research, led by Dr Tawfique Hasan, of the Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of […]


Summer temperatures in Los Angeles regularly surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) Can a splash of gray pavement paint help combat global warming? In Los Angeles, where summer temperatures regularly surpass 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), workers are coating streets in special gray treatments in a bid to […]