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

‘Ultrafast’ insulin may be 4X speedier than the regular stuff

A new formula for ultrafast insulin could work in much less time than the current stuff, according to research with pigs.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: diabetes insulin materials-science polymers drug-development featured health-and-medicine

Impurities explain gap in theory of how solids melt

A new study helps to reconcile a Nobel Prize-winning theory with experiments on how solids melt.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
June 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: physics materials-science featured science-and-technology

Quantum trick from nature provides ‘roadmap’ to better solar tech

Scientists think quantum coherence may play a role in photosynthesis. A new study shows it can offer a roadmap to better solar cells.

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
June 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: plants materials-science photosynthesis biomimicry quantum-physics science-and-technology

A layered approach to safety

Using 3D fabrication, researchers develop novel nuclear materials that optimize both accident tolerance and performance.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
June 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: energy materials-science research school-of-engineering faculty mit-energy-initiative nuclear-science-and-engineering nuclear-power-and-reactors nuclear-reactor-lab computation

2D nanosheets show promise for stopping cancer cells

Light-responsive biomaterials, such as the 2D nanosheets, "have a strong potential for developing the next generation of noninvasive, precise, and controllable medical devices."

Jennifer Reiley-Texas A&M • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cancer nanotechnology light materials-science cells health-and-medicine

Tiny brain stim implant doesn’t need batteries or wires

A new device the size of a grain of rice could electrically stimulate the brain. It could potentially help treat depression, Parkinson's, and more.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: brains materials-science medical-devices magnetism health-and-medicine implants

Method gets LEDs to act more like lasers

"Nobody had engineered a way to control the emission of light from an LED into a single direction."

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology lasers light materials-science science-and-technology led metamaterial

Smart concrete could let roads repair themselves

A new kind of concrete could let roads and bridges "heal" after cracking. That could cut down the costs and frequency of road repairs.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence materials-science infrastructure cars sensors roads science-and-technology

Radiation shield polymer may replace lead

A new polymer composite may offer a lighter, non-toxic radiation shielding to replace lead, researchers report.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: materials-science polymers radiation science-and-technology gamma-rays

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