High-tech imaging of carp scales by Berkeley Lab scientists reveals remarkable properties that could lead to advanced synthetic materials. Humans have drawn technological inspiration from fish scales going back to ancient times: Romans, Egyptians, and other civilizations would dress their warriors in scale armor, providing both protection and mobility. Now, […]

A DLP-printed LCE concept device of a spinal cage with a porous lattice architecture. Biological tissues have evolved over millennia to be perfectly optimized for their specific functions. Take cartilage as an example. It’s a compliant, elastic tissue that’s soft enough to cushion joints, but strong enough to resist compression […]

New binding solution targets construction uses. Revolutionary ‘green’ types of bricks and construction materials could be made from recycled PVC, waste plant fibers or sand with the help of a remarkable new kind of rubber polymer discovered by Australian scientists. The rubber polymer, itself made from sulfur and canola oil, […]

Black nitrogen is formed when nitrogen is placed in a diamond stamp cell between opposite diamonds and pressed together under extremely high pressures. Credit: Christian Wißler Bayreuth researchers discover new high-pressure material and solve a puzzle of the periodic table. In the periodic table of elements there is one golden […]

Experts from the University of Surrey believe their dream of clean energy storage is a step closer after they unveiled their ground-breaking super-capacitor technology that is able to store and deliver electricity at high power rates, particularly for mobile applications. In a paper published by the journal Energy and Environmental Materials, […]

Deciphering previously invisible dynamics in superconductors — Higgs spectroscopy could make this possible: Using cuprates, a high-temperature superconductor, as an example, an international team of researchers has been able to demonstrate the potential of the new measurement method. By applying a strong terahertz pulse (frequency ω), they stimulated and continuously […]

Setting up a future lunar base could be made much simpler by using a 3D printer to build it from local materials. Industrial partners including renowned architects Foster+Partners joined ESA to test the feasibility of 3D printing using lunar soil. Credit:ESA/Foster + Partners From human waste to superplasticizer, astronaut urine […]

Researchers have developed new hardware for artificial intelligence. Credit: Purdue University image/Qi Wang Quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence. To just solve a puzzle or play a game, artificial intelligence can require software running on thousands of computers. That could be the energy that three nuclear plants produce in […]

A hydrogel lattice without (left) and with (right) coating. Credit: Jonathan P. Singer/Rutgers University-New Brunswick Efficient painting method reaches nooks and crannies. Rutgers engineers have created a highly effective way to paint complex 3D-printed objects, such as lightweight frames for aircraft and biomedical stents, that could save manufacturers time and […]