Technique reveals deeper insights into the makeup of nacre, a natural material

Discovery could lead to new designs for improved and more sustainable materials inspired by nature.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering • mit
today ~5 min

Tags: environment nature research school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering bioinspiration

Study measures effectiveness of different face mask materials when coughing

A team of researchers have tested everything from t-shirts and socks to jeans and vacuum bags to determine what type of mask material is most effective at

Cambridge University News • cambridge
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: engineering public-health covid-19 coronavirus materials

Tiny golden bullets could help tackle asbestos-related cancers

Gold nanotubes – tiny hollow cylinders one thousandth the width of a human hair – could be used to treat mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: advanced-materials spotlight-on-future-therapeutics cancer

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

Tags: 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

Tags: 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.

Oct. 15, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: 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

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

Easy-to-make, ultra-low power electronics could charge out of thin air

Researchers have developed a new approach to printed electronics which allows ultra-low power electronic devices that could recharge from ambient light or

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: engineering advanced-materials internet-of-things energy materials carbon

Scientists find upper limit for the speed of sound

A research collaboration between the University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London and the Institute for High Pressure Physics in Troitsk has

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: materials sound

Turning diamond into metal

Normally an insulator, diamond becomes a metallic conductor when subjected to large strain in a new theoretical model.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics carbon research school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse nuclear-science-and-engineering

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