ANIMATION Shifting Gears Toward Chemical Machines The gear is one of the oldest mechanical tools in human history1 and led to machines ranging from early irrigation systems and clocks, to modern engines and robotics. For the first time, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering have utilized a […]

An electrical current excites the superposition of two magnons with linear polarization (indicated by the red and blue arrows). Subsequently, energy is transported through the antiferromagnetic insulator. This can be detected as electrical voltage. Credit: Ill./©: Andrew Ross, JGU Physicists use antiferromagnetic rust to carry information over long distances at […]

The schematic structure of the tandem solar cell stack in 3D. Credit: Eike Koehnen/HZB The current world record tandem solar cell provided stable performance for 300 hours – even without encapsulation. An HZB team has published a report in the journal Science on the development of its current world record […]

A solution to the growing clean drinking water availability problem is direct solar steam generation technology, which can remove harmful soluble pollutants from water. Credit: Lei Miao from SIT Scientists review some of the research behind a technology that could cauterize a growing global drinking water crisis. A nascent but […]

Scientists at The University of Tokyo use computer simulations to model the effects of elemental composition on the glass-forming ability of metallic mixtures, which may lead to tough, electroconductive glasses. Credit: Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo Researchers from the Institute of Industrial Science at The University of […]

ANIMATION In a new realm of materials, PhD student Thanh Nguyen uses neutrons to hunt for exotic properties that could power real-world applications. Thanh Nguyen is in the habit of breaking down barriers. Take languages, for instance: Nguyen, a third-year doctoral candidate in nuclear science and engineering (NSE), wanted “to […]

Pictural representation of the molecule-based magnet and its magnetic properties. Credit: Rodolphe Clérac Magnets are to be found everywhere in our daily lives, whether in satellites, telephones or on fridge doors. However, they are made up of heavy inorganic materials whose component elements are, in some cases, of limited availability. […]

Based on different commercially available raw materials (e.g., TiO2-mica, Fe2O3-mica), a variety of all-natural bioinspired structural materials with different colors can be fabricated. Credit: GUAN Qingfang Modern life relies closely on plastics, even though the petroleum-based production creates serious environmental challenges. The industry opts out to use sustainable materials due […]

From medicine to space travel, Chuck Hoberman’s shape-shifting is expanding scientific research. A sneak peek at Hoberman’s latest prototype: a sphere that transforms shape, size and color by turning itself inside out. (Credit: Yana  This story originally appeared in the December issue of Discover magazine as “Scientist in Toyland.” Support our science […]

In their research, the researchers also demonstrated the peculiarity of a new type of “Bad metals,” called “Hund’s metals,” important for a class of iron-based materials. Scientists believe that these materials are particularly interesting because they are superconductive and rather malleable, which makes them highly suited to technological applications. Credit: […]