Plant-based device could charge cars in minutes

A new green supercapacitor is flexible, lightweight, and cost-effective. It could charge your devices way faster, too, researchers say.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability electricity materials-science mobile-devices science-and-technology earth-and-environment supercapacitor

Tech gets metal to mimic natural rose petal powers

A new technology lets researchers use metal to create nature-inspired surfaces with unique powers, including rose petals' water-repelling ability.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: materials-science metals biomimicry science-and-technology

Cool touch shirts can make you feel cool on hot days, but which materials work best?

More companies are selling products that claim to keep you cool on hot days. But it turns out that common materials used in sports clothing may not always be the best.

Susan L. Sokolowski, Director & Associate Professor of Sports Product Design, University of Oregon • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: materials-science heat hot-weather athletics sports clothing basketball

Reversible ‘stitches’ give self-healing polymers new powers

New 3D-printable synthetic polymers have morphing powers and can self-heal within seconds. They could be useful for more realistic prosthetics.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: materials-science 3d-printing polymers science-and-technology prostheses shape-memory-polymers

‘SMILES’ are the brightest fluorescent materials ever

"Think of SMILES like a light bulb, but instead of being turned on with electricity, they are turned on with light..."

Steve Martin - Indiana U. • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: light materials-science 3d-printing fluorescence science-and-technology

Ancient Egypt: Mummified animals 'digitally unwrapped' in 3D scans

The snake, bird and cat, from Swansea University's collection, are at least 2,000 years old.

By Neil Prior • bbcnews
Aug. 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: engineering animals materials-science egypt swansea-university swansea

Scientists watch water leave a crystalline sponge

Observations let researchers "see" when and how three individual water molecules left a crystalline sponge as it dried out.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: water materials-science science-and-technology crystals

‘Blinking’ titanium dioxide crystals may prove useful

Titanium dioxide crystals that "blink" may benefit quantum computers or the creation of fuels from carbon dioxide, say researchers.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: nanotechnology light materials-science science-and-technology crystals

A zap controls liquid metal at room temp

With a bit of voltage, researchers have shown they can turn droplets of liquid metal into streams the diameter of a human hair.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: electricity materials-science metals science-and-technology liquids

Method makes plastic transparent and conductive

A method to make plastic conductive and more transparent could improve large touchscreens, LED light panels, and window-mounted infrared solar cells.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: light materials-science science-and-technology plastics

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