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

Quantum hardware could cut AI power needs

Sharing intelligence features between hardware and software would offset the energy demands of using artificial intelligence in more advanced applications.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability artificial-intelligence electricity materials-science quantum-physics science-and-technology

Next gen solar cells can handle 390-degree heat

"Our perovskite solar cells show no thermal degradation even at 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) for over three days..."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: solar-cells materials-science temperature renewable-energy science-and-technology

Electronic fabric lets you play Tetris with your arm

The super-thin, stretchy material could be useful in medical wearable electronics because it's so breathable. That makes it better for long-term use.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology materials-science polymers science-and-technology wearable-devices

With a zap, tiny particles assemble into ‘test-tube gems’

With a charge, researchers got microparticles to form via self-assembly into complex crystals that mimic gemstones like opals.

Rachel Harrison-NYU • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: materials-science self-assembly microparticles science-and-technology salt crystals

Material grabs minerals for stiffness under pressure

A self-adapting material that gains stiffness under pressure could "allow safer implants and bridges with minimal complication, cost, and downtime."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
April 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: materials-science biomimicry science-and-technology

Special UV lights could kill coronavirus on surfaces

Researchers are working on UV LED lights that could rid surfaces, and potentially air and water, of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
April 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 light materials-science viruses health-and-medicine led

New plate-nanolattices are stronger than diamonds

Scientists have designed plate-nanolattices, nanometer-sized carbon structures, that are stronger than diamonds as a ratio of strength to density.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
April 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: nanotechnology materials-science science-and-technology strength

Algorithm cuts errors from dent-testing materials

A new algorithm cuts the error rates involved in testing the mechanical properties of materials, report researchers. It could be useful for evaluating 3D-printed materials.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
April 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: materials-science 3d-printing algorithms science-and-technology

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