Beetles that survive volcanic heat inspire stuff that stays cool

A beetle that can handle the heat near volcanoes in the summertime inspired researchers to create a cooling material that doesn't use power.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change insects beetles volcanoes temperature material-science biomimicry featured science-and-technology earth-and-environment

‘Artificial Chemist’ learns to make best quantum dots in minutes

"Artificial Chemist is a truly autonomous system that can intelligently navigate through the chemical universe."

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: machine-learning chemistry artificial-intelligence quantum-dots nanotechnology material-science science-and-technology

‘Invincible’ material could light up soft robots

A new stretchy, self-healing, damage-resistant, and light-up material called HELIOS could be useful in soft robots or way tougher screens for our devices.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots electricity light material-science featured science-and-technology self-healing

Machine learning predicts glass density and stiffness

A new way to predict the density and stiffness of glasses could offer better reinforcing fibers for composite materials in automobiles and wind turbines.

Kate McAlpine-Michigan • futurity
March 27, 2020 ~1 min

Tags: machine-learning material-science glass featured science-and-technology

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