Materials Science

  1. Materials Science

    Scientists Say: Crystal

    The atoms or molecules in crystals take on a particular, repeatable pattern.

  2. Space

    Could humans build a tall tower or giant rope to space?

    The movie Ad Astra shows a space antenna, a spindly structure reaching up into the stars. We look at what it would take to build something that big.

  3. Chemistry

    Chemists have created a ring-shaped form of carbon

    A ring-shaped carbon molecule takes its place among buckyballs, carbon nanotubes and other odd forms of the element.

  4. Materials Science

    High-tech crops may survive harsh conditions, even space

    Scientists have developed a non-invasive method for integrating metal-organic frameworks into plant tissue. This lays the foundation for resilient crops that can weather harsh conditions.

  5. Earth

    Americans consume some 70,000 microplastic particles a year

    The average American consumes more than 70,000 microplastic particles a year. Scientists hope this estimate will spur others to look at health risks.

  6. Environment

    ‘Biodegradable’ plastic bags often don’t break down

    Biodegradable plastic bags are supposed to break down more quickly than ordinary plastics. But that may not happen, a study finds.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Physics

    How to turn a greenhouse into a powerhouse

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

  12. 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.