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

Tags: 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

Tags: 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

Tags: 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

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

Tech gets metal to mimic natural rose petal powers

A new technology lets researchers use metal to create nature-inspired surfaces with unique powers, including rose petals' water-repelling ability.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: materials-science metals biomimicry science-and-technology

Reversible ‘stitches’ give self-healing polymers new powers

New 3D-printable synthetic polymers have morphing powers and can self-heal within seconds. They could be useful for more realistic prosthetics.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: materials-science 3d-printing polymers science-and-technology prostheses shape-memory-polymers

‘SMILES’ are the brightest fluorescent materials ever

"Think of SMILES like a light bulb, but instead of being turned on with electricity, they are turned on with light..."

Steve Martin - Indiana U. • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: light materials-science 3d-printing fluorescence science-and-technology

Scientists watch water leave a crystalline sponge

Observations let researchers "see" when and how three individual water molecules left a crystalline sponge as it dried out.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: water materials-science science-and-technology crystals

‘Blinking’ titanium dioxide crystals may prove useful

Titanium dioxide crystals that "blink" may benefit quantum computers or the creation of fuels from carbon dioxide, say researchers.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: nanotechnology light materials-science science-and-technology crystals

A zap controls liquid metal at room temp

With a bit of voltage, researchers have shown they can turn droplets of liquid metal into streams the diameter of a human hair.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: electricity materials-science metals science-and-technology liquids

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