Materials Science

  1. Materials Science

    Trees may become the key to ‘greener’ foam products

    Scientists have made an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic-based foams to help keep things cool.

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  2. Physics

    Dry sand can bubble like the blobs in a lava lamp

    Put two types of sand grains together in a chamber and they can flow like fluids. All it takes is a jiggle and some gas.

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  3. Materials Science

    Analyze This: Do exotic woods make better guitars?

    When comparing the sound of guitars made from rare and costly woods to those made with common, cheaper alternatives, guitarists couldn’t tell much of a difference.

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  4. Chemistry

    Shape-shifting chemical is key to new solar battery

    Storing solar energy is a challenge. A new, shape-shifting molecule may provide a solution.

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  5. Physics

    How to turn a greenhouse into a powerhouse

    See-through solar cells could turn greenhouses into solar power plants.

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  6. Materials Science

    A self-cleaning glass keeps itself spotless underwater

    Microscopic pancake-like structures keep dirt and oil from sticking to the surface of this self-cleaning glass.

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  7. Materials Science

    Scientists Say: Zirconium

    Zirconium is a metal that knows the meaning of tough. It’s so heat resistant that it’s used for molds to shape melted metals, and so radiation resistant that it coats nuclear reactors.

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  8. Materials Science

    This bandage uses electrical zaps to heal wounds faster

    Scientists have invented a bandage that helps wounds heal faster by zapping them with electricity. The patient’s own motions power this device.

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  9. Chemistry

    This rewritable paper depends on disappearing ink

    Scientists have made a new rewritable paper that can hold text and images for at least six months. It also can be reused more than 100 times.

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  10. Materials Science

    Some plastics learn to repair themselves

    A new material can fix its own scratches and small cracks. One day, it also may make self-healing paints and plastics possible.

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  11. Tech

    Super-water-repellent surfaces can generate energy

    Scientists knew they could get power by running salt water over an electrically charged surface. But making that surface super-water-repellent boosts that energy production, new data show.

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  12. Tech

    Soft robots get their power from the skin they’re in

    A flexible electronic “skin” embedded with air pouches or coils can wrap around inanimate objects, turning them into handy robots.

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