See metal and plastic micromachines zip around

See how incredibly tiny micromachines made from metal and plastic move according to their shape. They're a step toward better drug delivery.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

robots materials-science 3d-printing drug-delivery featured science-and-technology health-and-medicine

Simulations compress ‘fluffy’ microgel suspensions

What happens when you compress soft and "fluffy" microgel suspensions? Large-scale computer simulations map out the surprising behavior.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Nov. 9, 2020 ~7 min

materials-science science-and-technology gels

Designing batteries for easier recycling could avert a looming e-waste crisis

Batteries power much of modern life, from electric and hybrid cars to computers, medical devices and cellphones. But unless they're made easier and cheaper to recycle, a battery waste crisis looms.

Darren H. S. Tan, PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of California San Diego • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~10 min

chemistry electronics recycling materials-science electric-vehicles renewable-energy toxic-waste batteries energy-storage municipal-solid-waste e-waste green-design lithium-batteries

Beetle that can survive a car tire may inspire tough materials

Getting run over by a car isn't a near-death experience for the diabolical ironclad beetle. How it survives could lead to materials with the same toughness.

Amy Patterson Neubert-Purdue • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

insects materials-science biomimicry science-and-technology

Superconductors: Material raises hope of energy revolution

Scientists find a material that displays a much sought-after property at room temperature.

bbcnews
Oct. 15, 2020 ~3 min

physics electricity materials-science

Team creates ‘holy grail’ of superconductors

"...with this kind of technology, you can take society into a superconducting society where you'll never need things like batteries again."

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester • futurity
Oct. 15, 2020 ~8 min

physics electricity materials-science superconductors temperature magnetism featured science-and-technology

Self-erasing chips could thwart counterfeit tech

A new self-erasing chip could help stop counterfeit electronics. It can store a secret message or authentication code for days before it disappears.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 28, 2020 ~6 min

electronics materials-science security science-and-technology

Cooling clothes material stays flexible even when frozen

"The previous cooling materials have been rigid and tough, which makes them unforgiving for athletes, occupational workers, soldiers, and so much more."

U. Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 25, 2020 ~4 min

exercise materials-science temperature hydrogels science-and-technology health-and-medicine clothing

Team builds colloidal diamonds, ‘Holy Grail’ of photonics

Creating colloidal diamonds, a long-awaited photonic technique, could change the development and use of optical technologies over the next decade.

Karl Greenberg-NYU • futurity
Sept. 24, 2020 ~7 min

physics optics lasers photons materials-science science-and-technology shapes

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

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

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